Inner Pec Workout - Pectus Excavatum

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    Nov 22, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    Not sure if this is where I should post this, but I did not see anything that matches under the health category.

    I was born with a moderate case of Pectus Excavatum, also known as cobbler's chest. It did not become fully pronounced until late in my teens as I began to grow and develop. To my luck, I have never experienced any ill effects typically associated with the condition - strong heart, strong lungs, etc. (I ran cross country in HS and ran track from grade 7 through graduation from college.)

    The problem is the look of it; my vanity. I got teased a bit in HS when the other guys would see it. I'm pretty tough so I gave them shit right back, but the comments didn't make me any more comfortable with having the condition. I have always had a pretty thin frame which never helped. I have bulked up a bit the past few months, but I am still not where I want to be physically yet.

    So on my quest for a more fit/healthy body, I also want to do something wholly superficial.

    My questions icon_question.gif:

    1)Are there others out there with this condition or its sister condition, Pectus Carinatum?

    2) WHAT ARE SOME GOOD CHEST WORKOUTS?! Particularly ones that focus on developing the inner pecs. I have a couple good chest workouts I already rotate through, but I would love to hear what the hot guys of RJ are doing.

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  • tddpt

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    Nov 22, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Unfortunately the problem is a structural one. Basically, you cannot change this problem. It's always going to be there and strengthening your pec mucles wont help. In fact, your inner pectoralis muscle (or pectoralis minor muscle to be specific) does not even attack to your sternum, but rather goes from the coracoid process of the scapula to the first few ribs. Either way like I said, it is an issue that you were born with an cannot change. Be grateful it hasn't caused you any other health problems!
  • DCEric

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    Nov 22, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    My younger brother had (what sounds like) a more severe case. He had 3 surgeries to try to correct it, the last two worked. He was having heart and lung problems though. Message me and I can give you more details, if you are interested, although because it is open chest surgery, for cosmetic reasons only it is likely to be over the top for your situation.
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    I was a meeting where a women mentioned that her son had this condition and had to have an operation to correct it. In the same room was another person who knew of this condition cus a alternate type physical therapist she knew was able to correct it through exercise, massage etc.
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    tddpt saidUnfortunately the problem is a structural one. Basically, you cannot change this problem. It's always going to be there and strengthening your pec mucles wont help. In fact, your inner pectoralis muscle (or pectoralis minor muscle to be specific) does not even attack to your sternum, but rather goes from the coracoid process of the scapula to the first few ribs. Either way like I said, it is an issue that you were born with an cannot change. Be grateful it hasn't caused you any other health problems!


    Thanks for the response! Like I said, it's for purely vain reasons I am focusing on this. And I have no intention of having any sort of cosmetic surgery; I am relatively healthy. I understand that developing my chest does not fix the condition, however, it does change the way it looks. I have seen a change in the appearance since I began working out more back in February. Just looking for some new exercises to add to the routine and would love to add some that develop the inner chest more.
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    Nov 22, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidI was a meeting where a women mentioned that her son had this condition and had to have an operation to correct it. In the same room was another person who knew of this condition cus a alternate type physical therapist she knew was able to correct it through exercise, massage etc.


    Yeah, the traditional method is to cut the cartilage fusing the sternum and then allowing the once deformed cartilage to regrow correctly. But like I said, I am not experiencing any ill health effects, so surgery would be silly. Good ole fashioned hard work is all I need know.

    I guess I never thought to tap a PT. I will have to check my insurance to see how I can get it covered... But again, if there are specific exercises you guys do that help bump up your chests, I would love to hear them. Even going to a PT sounds a bit extreme.
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    Nov 22, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    I have pectus carinatum