Why Weightlifting Can't Replace a Breast Lift

If you want to improve the size and shape of your breasts but don’t want to undergo surgery for a breast lift, you may have wondered if exercise will help. Weightlifting and resistance exercises can be very effective for strengthening the upper body and chest muscles but they won’t do much to lift and perk up your breasts. Weightlifting can, however, make your pectoralis muscle more defined so your breasts might have a firmer base to rest on. However, the actual size and shape of your breasts won’t change from exercise alone.

The Truth About Lifting Weights and Breast Shape

When you are lifting weights regularly and have low body fat, your muscles will be more defined and sculpted. Your pectoralis major muscle can become larger which in turn can make your breasts stick out slightly further. However, the breast itself can still droop and sag – especially if you lose a fair amount of body fat or are have a very low body fat percentage. Many female athletes and bodybuilding competitors get breast implants or a breast lift for this very reason. As they lose body fat, the fat from the breasts also disappears and the breasts sag or droop. If you want fuller breasts, the only option you have at this point is to gain more weight or get implants.

Why Aren’t the Breasts Affected by Exercise?

Breast tissue itself is comprised mainly of fat. When you work out regularly, you may be exercising the muscles sitting underneath this mound of fat (the breast) but the supporting tissues of the breast are independent of your actual chest muscles. This means that no matter how strong your chest may be, the breasts sitting on top of the muscle are completely unaffected by any exercises performed. If you build up your chest muscles significantly, the only thing you might notice is that your breasts stick out a little more but the size of the breasts and its shape will never change.


Droopy skin is a result of lost skin elasticity and sagging breasts are usually the result of lost fat and loose skin. The only way to correct this problem is to get a surgical procedure such as a breast lift or breast implants. 

If you are interested in a breast augmentation procedure, talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon about your options.  

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