Arjit wonders if he will lose his man boobs by doing the StrongLifts 5x5 training program since there's only 3 exercises per workout. Quote...
I am eager to follow your StrongLifts 5x5 workout formula. But i have man boobs and some excess fat. If i follow only the 3 exercises of each workout, for 3 days a week only, would it be beneficial for me?? Or do i have to do some other exercises too?
You can't lose your man boobs by doing a gazillion of chest exercises, just like you can't lose your belly fat by doing endless situps, because spot reduction is a myth. Man boobs is just fat tissue covering your chest muscles and since you can't burn fat locally, you have to lower your overall body fat to lose them.
So the good old fashioned strategies of fat loss apply: if the amount of calories you eat is lower than the amount of calories your body burns, you'll lose fat and thus also your man boobs. Here are 2 powerful tips you can use to instantly create a caloric deficit, plus an extra third tip which I'll explain.
1. Eat Healthier. Man boobs are almost always the result of years of eating junk food which contain more calories than whole foods. This doesn't mean you have to stop eating junk food forever to lose your man boobs, but you will have to eat a lot healthier the majority of the time.
- More meats, chicken, fish, veggies and fruits. No need to turn into one of those paleo nazis - grains are fine if you eat them in moderation.
- Less junk, alcohol and soda. 2 beers and a burger when out with friends is fine, but a DAILY 6 pack and TV dinner is an obvious no-go.
2. Get Stronger. One, muscle size is directly related to strength gains and so by getting stronger on the Bench Press, you'll "shape" your chest. Two, the more weight you lift, the more calories you burn in a workout. Three, strength training promotes healthier food choices and makes you stick to your diet better.
StrongLifts 5x5 is therefore plenty, even though you'll only do 3 exercises per workout, 3x/week. The amount of exercises doesn't matter, intensity does. As an example, check how StrongLifts Member Vlad (20y, Belgium) lost his man boobs with StrongLifts 5x5 after boosting his Squat from 20kg to 135kg.
3. Fix Your Posture. Working behind a computer all day can tighten your chest muscles and cause slouching shoulders which will then make your man boobs look worse. This is similar to how excess sitting can cause your hip muscles to tighten and your belly to look bigger as a result. If you look at SL Member Vlad's posture, it's clear his upper-back is straighter after doing StrongLifts 5x5.
Get used to sitting and walking with your shoulders back instead of letting them slouch all the time. Daily shoulder dislocations with a resistance band coupled with low bar Squats 3x/week will also improve your posture dramatically.
Don't worry about gynecomastia - man boobs caused by lowered testosterone and increased estrogen from taking certain medication or steroid abuse. The overwhelming majority of guys with man boobs will NOT need antiestrogen treatment, surgery or Kramer's "Mansierre", but can get rid of their man boobs naturally by simply eating healthier, gaining strength and fixing their posture.
This worked for many StrongLifts Members, and even myself.