Many men want to work chest over any other muscle group in the human body because, in a nutshell, it makes them feel good about themselves and it makes them feel strong. Similar to a woman wanting a great looking butt, a man typically wants a great looking chest.
If you are a man who loves working chest, it is very important to take balance into consideration. Over working the pectoral muscles can cause an imbalance in your shoulders and give you a look you may not like.
The pectoralis major muscle is connected to the anterior deltoid muscle (muscle in the front of the shoulder.) The more you work the pectorals, the more they will pull tight on the deltoid causing your shoulders to roll forward. If you let this go long enough, it will severely affect your posture, and give you a look you may not find desirable.
You may be asking yourself, “How can I avoid this imbalance? I want to work my chest!!” The answer is simple. Work your posterior deltoids, (muscles in the back of your shoulders,) as often as you do the chest. Other muscles that should be worked along with the rear delts are the external rotators, the rhomboids, and the trapezius . These muscles will improve your posture and help fight against the pectoral muscle pulling the shoulders forward, avoiding an imbalance in the shoulder area.
Other important tips on why not to over work your chest include,
- Overworking chest leads to increasing your chance of shoulder injury that could
force you to take a break from training all together.
- Spending less time on chest will give you more time to work on your lower body,
(LEGS,) which will help increase your testosterone level because it is a larger
muscle group than the chest.
- Last but not least, spending time on other muscle groups will help your body
become more proportionate, and women like a well-proportioned guy!