It’s one of every guy's worst nightmares: man boobs. You saw it on the Seinfeld episode “The Mansierre,” in which Kramer developed a bra for guys who were suffering from a little too much breast development.
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But let’s face it: No man wants to wear a bra. So how can you win this man boob battle? It comes down to gaining control of your diet and committing to the proper exercise program.
Why You Get Man Boobs
Let's start with why you even get man boobs in the first place. There are two main reasons. The first is if you're generally overweight, then you'll likely have excess fatty tissue that's stored over the pectoral muscles. A common myth is that you can spot reduce your man boobs, but unfortunately, you can’t pick and choose where your body is going to shed its fat, so you will just have to lower it overall.
The second reason guys get man boobs is due to a medical condition called gynecomastia. This is a hormonal condition in which the body produces an increased amount of estrogen and a decreased amount of testosterone.
Gynecomastia can often happen as the result of taking certain medications that influence the body's hormonal levels. It can also occur if someone is suffering from a testicular tumor, which causes estrogen production to significantly increase. If that's the case, you'll need to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may re-evaluate your medication or give you an anti-estrogen treatment.
The Best Cardio for Man Boobs
If you fall into the first category described above, you'll have to adhere to a cardio and strength-training workout program and follow a proper diet to get rid of your man boobs.
You have to create a caloric deficit in order to lose weight. This means either increasing the number of calories you expend through exercise or reducing the number of calories you take in by changing your diet. If you're smart, you will do both.
Once your diet is in check, cardio will enable you to burn a significant amount of calories over a set period of time, helping you to achieve the caloric deficit that is necessary to get rid of your man boobs.
1. Hight-intensity interval training (HIIT): Interval training is your best option because it'll kick your metabolism into high gear. Since it's so intense, your body will expend a great deal of calories — even after you're finished working out — in order to repair and rebuild the muscle tissues that have been damaged.
2. Running: Generally, one of the easiest and most accessible modes of cardiovascular exercise for fat loss is running. However, if you have joint problems or just really hate running, there are several other methods that can be substituted.
3. Rowing: A good option is to use a rowing machine or to actually go rowing outside. Rowing is a great form of exercise for getting rid of man boobs since it encompasses all your upper body muscles, allowing you to sculpt your chest while you burn fat.
4. Elliptical machine: While biking is a good cardiovascular workout, it focuses more specifically on your lower body. Many people turn to the elliptical machine for their cardio sessions. This machine is a great calorie burner since it uses both arms and legs, and it is easy on the joints.
5. Playing sports: Don’t forget about sports. Activities such as tennis, basketball, hockey, and soccer are great cardiovascular workouts, as they typically involve all-out bursts of movement accompanied by shorter periods of rest.
The Best Exercises for Man Boobs
Alright, you're eating healthier and getting some kind of cardio in most days of the week. Time to add some strength training. While you should do whole-body strength training workouts two to three days a week, you'll also want to incorporate exercises that specifically target your chest.
That way, once you drop enough body fat, you'll reveal sculpted, chiseled pecs underneath. Here are three of your best bets:
1. Push-ups: This is the best option for when you can't get to the gym or don't have any weights at home. All you need is you body weight. Start in the plank with your hands under you shoulders. Keeping a straight body line from head to toe, bend your elbows to lower your chest to the ground and press back up.
2. Bench press: If you do have access to a gym, grab a barbell and pump out some bench presses. Lie on a bench with your back flat against the bench and your feet flat on the floor. Grab the barbell with both hands directly over your shoulders. Slowly and with control, bend your elbows to lower the bar to your chest. Then lift the bar back up.
3. Chest flye: Here's one more exercise you can do either at the gym or at home with weights. Lie on your back on a weight bench with your feet on the floor and grab a dumbbell in each hand. Extend your arms out to the side so that the dumbbells are level with your chest, elbows slightly bent and palms facing toward you. Lift the dumbbells until they're directly over your chest, and then lower back to the start.
What Do YOU Think?
Are you working on losing body fat? Is your chest a problem area for you? What are you doing to work on that? Have you changed your diet? Added more HIIT cardio? Started doing chest-strengthening exercises? Was any of this advice helpful? Let us know in the comments below!