You have been weight training for more than a year. You look in the mirror, and you
must be telling yourself, “Damn, that is one sexy beast right there!” But with a few
lighting adjustments, the flaws begin to appear, and some of those might just haunt you
for a long time. Sometimes, our mind sees what it chooses to see. But the glaring truth
is right there in front of you!
Isn’t it frustrating sometimes, when you’ve tried all chest exercises, but you just can’t
seem to fill that inner part of your upper chest. You just envy those Hollywood buffs with
their shirt on, and you see their ‘man-cleavage’ exposed on their collars. How about
them big guns? They seem humongous when flexed, but when extended, your biceps
are just 3 inches short off your joint, and your triceps seem way too far from your elbow.
Filling in those gaps between major muscle groups aren’t all about isolation exercises.
We are so used to 3 sets of 10 reps of breathing out as you lift the weight up, and then
breathe in while you put the weight back down; lather, rinse, repeat.
I hate to break it to you, but there’s more to working out than the same old routine. In
fact, bringing variety into your exercises not only keeps you interested and motivated,
but your muscles will also react differently, thus the term “muscle confusion”. With
muscle confusion, your muscle cells will stimulate more effectively and react better by
Now, there are muscles in our body that are usually untapped in weight training. Some
of them you can see in professional athletes, but you just can’t see it on your own body.
One primary example is the “boxer’s muscle”, which is developed by boxers due to their
continuous development of that specific muscle during training, thus named after them.
Swimming is another great example of a sport where you use a lot of muscles in your
body, and not in the Home gym.
You’re probably thinking right now that if some of those muscles cannot be developed in
weight training, then how do I fill the gaps within those parts? Great question! People
tend to overlook functional training in favor of free weights, but the best way to build a
complete set of muscles is by incorporating functional training into your daily routine!
And that includes building those muscles on your inner upper pecs and triceps’ heads.
Follow-up question: where can you find a functional trainer? With the Powertec
Functional Trainer, not only can you work on your “missing” muscles and fill those gaps
in, but you can actually do it AT HOME! And I bet you have a lot more to work on, so we
will give you a few pointers on how to fill in those gaps with the Functional Trainer,
based on common queries asked by our loyal fan base.
Here are a few commonly-missing
muscles, and the answers to each
As they say, the bench press is the king
of upper body exercises. Sometimes, we
make it a priority to improve strength
gains in this exercise for us to lift heavier,
and for our chest to grow bigger.
However, no matter how much we train
our chest, most of us notice that huge
valley in the middle of our chest,
especially if there’s a spotlight above our
heads. While incline dumbbell presses
can reduce the gap in between, you can
still see a small space still within that
area, and it just frustrates you sometimes
how you could fill that hole.
With the Powertec Functional Trainer, you may include these exercises during your
Chest Press (3 x 8 reps)
Pec Flyes (3 x 8 reps)
Cable Crossover (3 x 8 reps)
That cluster of muscles lying beside our lats
(Latissimus Dorsi) on our rib cage is called the
boxer’s muscle (Serratus Anterior). The muscle is
called such, because it is developed by pulling the
scapula forward and around the rib cage, which
usually occurs when you throw a punch. As you
can see during traditional boxing weigh-ins the
day before the fight, the combatants flex their
muscles, and you could see that ab-like muscles
under their arms. Unless you punch with all your might every time you hit the Home
gym, it would be very unlikely to grow boxer’s muscles. You may enrol boxing lessons,
but it takes years and hundreds of dollars for those to develop.
Using the Functional Trainer, you can make your Serratus Anterior show up by adding
these exercises with your favorite lat workouts:
Lat Pulldown (3 x 8 reps)
Wide-grip Pullover (3 x 8 reps)
Functional Trainer Punches (3 x 15 reps each arm)
Tricep Lateral Head
Sometimes, we wish for a better body without even trying; or in other words, without
even flexing. We envy those who just chilling on the side, minding their own business,
and still see those arm muscles seemingly flexed all the time. The tricep lateral head is
also one of the more difficult muscles to develop. Good thing, the Functional Trainer can
help you out with these tricep workouts:
Reverse-grip One-arm Tricep Pulldowns (3 x 8 reps)
Bent-over Tricep Extension (3 x 8 reps)
Tricep Pushdowns (3 x 8 reps)
Loin of Apollo
The Loin of Apollo is that V-shaped muscle that you
see from your hips extending all the way to down
your pelvic area. This is probably the most difficult
look to achieve, as you need disciplined diet and
continuous exercise to get one of these. Sometimes,
doing simple ab exercises are not sufficient for that
muscle to appear. What you need are effective
oblique workouts with enough resistance for your
“Loin” to be more prominent. The Powertec
Functional Trainer can actually give you that more
defined V-shape on your gut with these workouts:
Underhand Swings (3 x 15 reps each side)
Overhead Swings (3 x 15 reps each side)
Seated Twist (3 x 15 reps each side)
So there you have it! Muscles you can only grow more with the Powertec Functional
Trainer. Now, we’re not saying these workouts cannot be done with free weights or
other Home gym equipment, but the Functional Trainer can builds those certain
muscles not found in any other workouts more effectively. While dumbbells can give you
as much freedom in angles and ranges of motion, it can only provide you vertical
resistance. With the Home Gym Functional Trainer, you can go up and down, side to
side with all your exercises!
Powertec is a trusted brand in Weight Training and Fitness Home Gym Equipment
based out of Los Angeles. Powertec manufactures an entire list of strength equipment
for both domestic and commercial use, from basic weight lifting to look good and live
healthier, to functional training development being used in improving athletic