The V-shaped torso is a magical thing. Put two guys with the same amount of muscle and fat on their frames next to one another, and the one with the broader shoulders and slimmer waist will always look more athletic.
And the wider your shoulders, the better, according to women. Females prefer men whose shoulders are 1.6 times the size of their waists, an Archives of Sexual Behaviour study found.
But you don’t need to be an Olympic freestyler to get the coveted V-shape. The workout shown in the video above will give you an incredible upper-body upgrade, says PT BJ Gaddour.
The routine isolates a bunch of the smaller muscles in your arms, shoulders, and chest – muscles that don’t get as much work in big multi-joint exercises like presses, rows, chin-ups and dips, he explains.
The workout also has you seated or lying the entire time.
“This limits the use of momentum or assistance from your lower body, which forces the target muscles to do all the work,” Gaddour says. “Because of this, you may have to use lighter weights than normal.”
Your goal is to keep your form super strict and to feel each muscle work every single rep, he says.
How to Do It
Perform 15 reps of each movement in a row without resting. That’s one round. Do three total, resting one minute between each round.
1. Seated reverse fly
2. Seated lateral raise
3. Seated front raise
4. Seated bottom-half shoulder press
5. Seated biceps curl
6. Seated triceps kickback
7. Lying chest fly