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Since 1895, millions of women have subjected themselves to countless methods of breast augmentation. Breasts have been injected, enhanced, and added to with anything from glass balls to rubber, formaldehyde-laced sponges, wound-up tape, polyurethane foam, silicone, and saline to name only a few examples from the first half of the 20th century to today. As a society, we seem obsessed with defying gravity and reshaping women's chests.
But what if we told you that you could truly lift your breasts naturally? And, no, we aren't cruelly teasing you with an impossible solution. There is a way and you're going to love the results you'll experience! Your new breast-lifting best friend is called the medicine ball push-up. And best of all, you're going to get stronger from this move, too.
According to Kendall Wood, NASM CPT and coauthor of Core Fitness Solution, the medicine ball push-up is one of the best moves to do for anyone wanting to perk up their chest. "The depth of each rep when you perform a push-up with a medicine ball forces your pectoral muscles to really stretch and subsequently target more of the muscle than a typical push-up," said Wood.
"Doing this move slowly and strict to form will not only raise your bust, but it will also ensure safety and prevent injury," Wood said. "Since you're using a ball for stability, it's harder to fulfill each rep — that makes it a great move to build more lean muscle, but it also makes it harder to do safely, so always maintain a slow, steady pace." Wood told us that you could use an elevated surface, a stack of two weight plates, or even a Bosu ball instead of the medicine ball if you feel like the med ball is too unstable for your fitness level. Another tactic would be to leave your knees on the ground and do a half push-up until you're ready to take on a more typical push-up safely.
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How to Do the One-Arm Medicine Ball Push-Up:
- From a standard plank position, put your left hand on top of a medicine ball.
- Perform a push-up motion by straightening your arms with one hand on the ball. Remember to keep the same body position you would in any other normal push-up motion.
- Lower to the start position and change hands for your alternating rep.