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There are a few different things that can cause this: 1. Uneven rib cage. It's possible that the right side of your rib cage could poke out slightly more than the other side, pushing those muscles out further than the other side. I have this issue with my ribs under my upper abdominal muscles, causing a slight bulge (virtually unnoticeable to anyone but ...


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I honeslty don't know if it's a muscle imbalance, a form issue, or other. What I would do though is deload to the point where your triceps aren't burning and then slowly progress up from there. This gives you two benefits. Deloading allows you to focus on form to make sure you are doing everything properly and reduces the chance of injury. This also ...


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In order to engage your chest during dips, lean forward slightly. It doesn't really have to do with the width of the bars, rather the angle of your lean. That being said, leaning forward will still work your triceps as well. See this article for some good info on dips.


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First off, Butterfly exercise and bench press are two different movements. The butterfly is done like this and the chest press is done like this At any rate, the stronger side of your body will always appear to be bigger, and even if that is not your stronger side, no human being is completely symmetrical. I have an inch size difference between my right ...


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OK that picture helps everything - that isn't big by any stretch of the imagination, and it certainly achievable with bodyweight work. The think about that physique is the low body fat and moderate muscle mass. To achieve the first part focus on your diet, assuming you are just lacking in size, eat close to maintenance or a little over. With regards to how ...


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Here are some good exercises you can do at home with only bodyweight that require quite a bit of strength, and should keep you within the 8-12 rep range for a while -- which is what you're looking for if you'd like to put on size: Wide grip dips (on kitchen counter) One arm pull-up Handstand push-up (with variations) Front lever One-arm push up


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Having the dumbbells facing each other is different from having them parallel to your shoulders. They do hit the chest, but not as directly: Your shoulders are in a more neutral and protected position, with minimal stress to the pec tendons. It's essentially safer and easier to go heavy with this form. It emphasizes your triceps, lats, and pecs in that ...


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Yeah, if you don't want to build muscles, then don't use them. Hope you don't ever have to use them though. If you aren't working them, they also won't get stronger. I'm rather curious as to why you would not want to build muscle on your chest, but what you're doing sounds like it should work to that goal just fine.


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I would recommend the book "Never Gymless" for someone in your situation, imo it is the resource for training without equipment. It has 100s of equipment free exercises for building all aspects of fitness including strength. Some of the exercises are listed below. Strength Exercises: Pushups, Diamond Pushups, Clapping Pushups, One handed Pushups, Pike ...


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Well thank you, you just made me feel like a freak :) I think some of it is probably genetics, like how large your ribcage is. I'm not really sure, but that is probably not going to change that much. So it is very likely that regardless what you do you won't look exactly like the guy on the photo. Nevertheless, you can do the best with what you have. Since ...


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By request... I would recommend dips (which can be done with various arrangements of common household furniture, or on a counter-top) pushups, of which there are MANY kinds/varieties/ranges of motion fly exercises with your (improvised) dumbbells.


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Wide Push-Ups; one of the best compound exercises available yet will isolate the width of the chest more so than a Close Push-Up. Combine both Wide/Close to target the majority of your chest.


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I find it really hard to believe that you have a meagre 15 minutes each day to exercise. If that is the case, you should take a serious look at moving around your schedule to allow more time, at least half an hour to 40 minutes. Stay up later, prepare meals in advance to reduce time spent cooking, etc. Before I explain some things that I do without ...


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Nobody is going to be able to answer that question but you. Let's assume your goal is maximal sarcoplasmic hypertrophy -- which means you want "bigger" muscles as fast as possible (not to be confused with more strength, since we can see our friend Clarence here squatting almost 600 lbs at 5'11" tall and only 190 lbs body weight is certainly not big: ...


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Sounds like you want to bulk. Hiking, biking, and other 'extra' physical activities will not help with your bulking, no matter what your workout. Bulking with your bodyweight is possible in my opinion... Just make sure the exercises are in the 8-11 rep range (that means, that you can't do more than 8 to 11). This means taht your exercises won't be 'easy' ...


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First things first is to take an assessment of your father. Typical problems of inactive people who spend a long time sitting include: Weak upper back (rear delts, traps, rhomboids) Tight chest muscles Slumped forward shoulders Tight hip flexers Stretched glutes Weak lower back Mobility focused work such as strengthening weak muscles and stretching the ...


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The first thing you should do to get him started is to get him on a good stretch routine every day to combat the inactivity, and get the muscles being used to being stretched before adding weights. After I would say a week or two of just this stretch routine I would go on and but 10-35 lb weights depending on the physical level of your dad. If the only issue ...


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We can't diagnose your pain, but you should rule out runner's stitch. http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/ask-doctor-why-sudden-pain-my-chest http://www.runnersworld.com/beginners/how-do-i-get-rid-of-side-stitches


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If hiking and biking are enough for your legs, and climbing is enough for your back, then you don't need much. For your chest, five sets each of push-ups and dips, as many as you can do with good form, three times a week should be plenty. For the lats, wide-grip chin-ups and pull-ups are awesome. Lifting weights would be better for bigger changes but it ...


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It's a two pronged question deserving of a two pronged answer: Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat This requires a diet change, and perhaps a look at your grooming products. Focus on whole foods and lean sources of protein. You may want to have your T levels checked as well. The Art of Manliness put together a nice 4 part series on testosterone and what you can ...


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You ask about how to use push-ups to tone. That is an understandable question, but it displays a misunderstanding regarding how muscles and exercise interact. "Toning" is a colloquial term used to describe the process of developing visible musculature without greatly increasing muscle size. For this, the details of your workout are relatively unimportant ...


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Doing push-ups and pull-ups is great. However, since you're doing them so frequently and with so much repetitions, your muscles are getting used to it. You have to shock your muscles to get them to grow. Now, what does that mean? Actually it's simple: switch up your rotation! Try 1 push-up over 12 seconds: push up slowly, then hold, then go down slowly ...


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I think the problem is you are doing a large amount of repetitions on a limited number of exercises. It sounds like you are only doing two exercises. Bodies are designed to adapt, if you just do the same two exercises over and over again you are only focusing on a limited number of muscles and they will easily adapt to this limited set of exercises and you ...


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No, it's not necessary to do any kind of flys at all. You can become enormously strong and sexy just by doing basic barbell compounds, as I've mentioned in another answer to one of your questions. 2hrs is a long workout, many experts suggest more than an hour of work sets is counterproductive. But I mostly read strength literature and you're doing a ...


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The flat and inclined bench press are the best for chest development. What you might be looking for is a program that provides the volume required to push your muscles into growth. Typically, a 5x5 program focuses more on strength and a 3x8 program more on size. The amount of weight used and number of time a week you're lifting is also a factor. If ...


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I may not be able to back what i'm about to say with an article or any sort of evidence, but I do have a theory based on my own personal experience. I have the same problem that you describe when I am working on my chest, but for me it also happens when I'm working my bi's and back. For instance when I do lat pull-downs or bicep curls, the muscles that ...


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I agree with what others have suggested. In addition, Pullovers are a great exercise for both the chest and back, done with dumbbells or a barbell. I regularly incorporate them into my chest training. There are several variations - flat bench/decline bench, and bent or straight arm. Dumbbbell or Kettlebell Floor Presses are an oft-forgotten cousin of the ...


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To get a flat chest carry out the various push ups. For example doing press ups with the hands on the floor as wide as possible works differently to hands close together. Second lots of skipping, sometimes hard to get into but practice and I promise it does get easier. Finally running long and short distances. Finally once a flat chest is being achieved ...



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