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Embarrassed About Your Strength??

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Not everyone can lift a bus. Not everyone can even lift a coffee table. But that's no reason to panic!

There are ways to increase your strength without being embarrassed with how little you start out with — and that's exactly what this FitPerezcious reader would like to know:

I have really poor upper body strength and as a 30 year old guy I need to work on it - but I feel embarrassed at the gym when the girls are pressing 15 lbs and I am only doing 10! Any thoughts on the best strength exercises?

Luckily, we have Scott from Dynamics of Motion here to respond with the best course of action:

Okay, no problem… put the weights down and start doing body weight exercises. Instead of doing presses, do push ups. If you can't do full push ups, put your hands on a table or bench and do them (there are lots of variations of push ups). You will build muscle more quickly in many more areas at once than doing isolation exercises with weights. To make sure you balance things out, do plenty of seated and/or standing back rows. That will also really help build size and muscle in the upper body. Then, after about 6 weeks, go try some weights again and you will be shocked at how much stronger you have become.

What an easy solution, Scott! Thanks! Make sure you check out the Dynamics of Motion site for other tips and tricks!!

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