Most gym goers have a particular area of their body that is their primary focus. For some people, that’s a chunky waistline. Others spend a lot of time strengthening their flabby arms. Another frustrating problem to deal with during workouts happens to be man boobs, also known as “moobs”. If you fall into that frustrating category, we’re here with four kettlebell exercises to get rid of moobs as you age.
To know exactly how to tackle this stubborn area, Eat this, not that! speak with Chad Barribeau, BS, CSCSdirector of field support for D1 training, a leading fitness concept that highlights the five basic principles of athletic training to help individuals of all ages achieve their fitness goals. Barribeau is also a certified nutritionist and has worked with a ton of NFL, MLB, and NHL athletes. He particularly raves about the use of kettlebells in workout routines because they offer a host of benefits you won’t get with other equipment.
Barribeau explains: “The way you can manipulate your grip and load the muscles is very different from using traditional dumbbells. Depending on the grip, you can create ‘chaos’ and make the movements much more unstable, which which causes even greater tension in the muscles, further strengthening them throughout the full range of motion.”
Barribeau offers some kettlebell exercises to tone and strengthen your chest to get rid of moobs, including the bottom-up kettlebell bench press. “It will cause a big change in balance/stability throughout the move,” he tells us, adding, “A few other great moves to incorporate into your program would be the back lying kettlebell pullover, kettlebell chest flies and the standing kettlebell chest press.”
Kettlebells are a staple for any strong routine because they provide such variation and challenge for many basic movements. Let’s start with this productive workout!
Kettlebell bench press ascending
The first is the kettlebell bench press. To begin, form a standard bench press position. Next, grab the kettlebell horn; the bell should point to the sky. Using control, slowly start the movement using a form similar to a standard dumbbell bench press.
Kettlebell pull Lying in the supine position
Begin this next exercise by lying on your back, using the floor or a bench. Next, grab the round bell part of your kettlebell. Lower the kettlebell to chest level, keeping your arms straight. Then, bring it back to the starting position.
Kettlebell chest fly
Begin your chest flights by taking the horn of your kettlebell; the round bell should be on the back of your forearm/wrist. While keeping elbows bent and firm, begin lowering both arms to each side. Tighten your chest as you bring your arms back to the starting position. This movement should be like hugging a tree.
Kettlebell Chest Press Standing Press
For the standing kettlebell press, stand up straight and hold the kettlebell firmly to one side as you try to bring both hands together. At the same time, slowly lift the kettlebell away from your torso, then return to the starting position. You must constantly squeeze the kettlebell throughout the movement.
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care to readers. Learn more about Alexa