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The term "cutting" refers to the loss of fat. To attain a "cut" chest, there are two factors you must take into consideration: muscle development and fat levels. The more chest development you have and the lower your fat levels, the more cut your chest will look. To build up your chest muscles, you need to follow a resistance training regimen. To shed the fat, you must follow a strict nutritional protocol, as well as engage in regular cardio sessions.
Chest Resistance Training
The major chest muscle is called the pectoralis major, or pec major for short. There are three divisions in this muscle group: upper, middle and lower. If you look at a high-level bodybuilder in contest shape, you can clearly see each of the three divisions of the pec major. To build the upper pec major, do chest exercises on an incline bench. For the middle pec major, do chest exercises on a flat bench. To focus on the lower pec major, do chest exercises on a decline bench. That said, there are two exercises that will really blast your chest muscles: the bench press and pec fly. You can do both of these exercises at incline, flat or decline angles.
For each part of the chest, you should do one to two three exercises, and three sets of eight to 12 reps per exercise. If you do one exercise per part, then mix and match between bench press and pec fly exercises. If you do two exercises per part, then you can either do both the bench press and pec fly per part, or one of those exercises and another chest exercise, such as the cable crossover or the pushup. Do no more than two chest workouts per week.
Cardio should be performed at the end of your workouts on resistance training days. You can engage in either low-intensity long duration cardio, in the range of 30 to 45 minutes, or high-intensity-interval cardio, which is a 15- to 20-minute sequence of alternating one-minute periods of walks and sprints. Do cardio three to four times per week.
There is no single diet that absolutely works the same for everybody, due to the largely varying genetic make-up of each person. There are, however, certain nutritional protocols that have been proven to be effective for most people. Among the considerations for building muscle and keeping fat levels low is consuming foods high in protein, moderate in complex carbohydrates and moderate in unsaturated fats. Also, keep simple sugars and the saturated-type of fats to a minimum for both low-fat level and health purposes. Furthermore, eat a total of six to eight small meals a day, separating each meal by two to three hours to remain in a muscle-building and fat-burning state throughout the day.