Develop the core
Developing the core, requires you to work on your abdominal muscles. This can be done in a number of ways, but the best way to go about it is to find an abdominal exercise routine that you are comfortable with, and to perform it on a regular basis.
Developing your abs is very important to building your upper body strength.
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Doing a number of chest exercises will help you get that basic upper body strength that you desire. However, you need to remember that doing your bench press with heavy weights is the only way your chest is going to develop any strength.
Instead of just jumping out there and lifting the heaviest weight possible, slowly increase the amount of weight you lift. This will help avoid injuries.
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Your shoulders are also another very important part of your upper body. It is very hard to build shoulders, so try starting off with light weights and increasing them after big amounts of time.
Lateral shoulder raises and machine presses are your key exercises in this area, since they will help build mass and the shape that you desire.
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Working on your biceps and triceps is a given. Without having the strength to lift heavy weights with your arms, you won’t be able to increase weights on any other exercise that you do and that is something which you can’t afford to do.
Despite the arms not being directly linked to your upper body, you still need to develop them, in order to assist in building your upper body strength.
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