Help me get a gorgeous upper body
March 7, 2010 7:41 AM Subscribe
Help me fix my ugly back and upper arms. And gosh why are these pushups killing my lower back?
posted by kthxbi to health & fitness (16 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I tried on a bunch of strapless wedding gowns yesterday. I love how I look from the front and HATE how I look from the back and side. I have ridiculously wide shoulders and my upper arms are these huge flabby mounds of ick. I want pretty and well-defined triceps and biceps and a leaner back. I've started doing pushups (because everyone seems to be all excited about hundredpushups.com on AskMe these days) and in two weeks I went from being about to do half a pushup to more than twenty but they kill my lower back. I try to keep my back as straight as possible and it's getting better but still kills. And the pain stays all day. So two questions:
1) How can I do more pushups and get less back pain? And these are going to make me look hella awesome right?
2) What else can I do to make my back and upper arms looks awesome? I've got a year until the wedding.
A ton of random info:
As of right now, I have no gym to go to and no carpet in my apt. I'm willing to buy a yoga mat. I *will* have a gym membership to a super huge yuppy gym starting this June so for right now I need stuff I can do in my own home on a wood floor but I'm open to learning about what I can do once I can get to a gym too. I used to be a competitive swimmer (age 7-18) and I have a "swimmers body" except not toned anymore. I'd rather not get bigger shoulders, just nicer looking and more lean I guess? I think I have a really weak core too which I'm guessing is the biggest reason my lower back kills when doing pushups (I'm compensating for lack of tummy muscles somehow I'm guessing).