“Your arms are so big!” “Is that a photo of you? You looked like a linebacker!” “Ang taba-taba” (translation: so fat so fat). These are comments I was accustomed to growing up. Though I’ve never been overweight as a child, and actually thin by American standards, by Filipino standards I was big. This is something I struggled with growing up. In comparison to my sister and my cousins, I was always the “fat one”… And by that, it meant not being less than 100lbs.
It wasn’t until my late 20’s when I began to feel comfortable in my own skin. My early 20’s comprised of constant heartbreaks, too much partying and bring a glutton for food. This equated to the most weight I’ve ever put on my body and my mind. Then, my boyfriend proposed and I became obsessed with planning my ideal wedding which led to “shedding for the wedding.” This is when I developed a better understanding of proper nutrition and exercise. Finally, I learned to stop comparing myself to other women and focused on the amazing feats I never knew I was capable of.
Weight training has done wonders for my self esteem and my body. Every week, I get stronger and the endorphins earned are indescribable. Back & Bicep’s are one of my favorites to train. Here is one of my Back & Bi’s routine that’s helped me get a strong back and baby Bicep’s. Give it a try on your next workout!
Back & Biceps – Strength Training
- Assisted Chin-Ups: 5 sets of 8-10 reps
- Bent-over Barbell Rows: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Cable Cross-Overs: 4 sets of 10 reps
- Preacher Curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Dumbbell Alternating Bicep Curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Hanging Bicep Curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Alternating Hammer Curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Activewear: Mayarya
- Shoes: Puma