How to deal with flared ribs

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Recently, we received a question from Ilona. She is a true Fit Girl who likes to work out a lot. However, she recently noticed something about the upper part of her body. Her stomach gets more flat, but because she has flared ribs, her ribs become more visible. She is now wondering what she can do to make her flared ribs less apparent.

First of all, flared ribs are something that you cannot change that easily. It belongs to the structure of your body and many people claim there’s not a lot you can do about it. It’s just a part of your body that is always and already naturally there. Shortly said: genetics. Some people have more flared ribs than others, just as some girls have bigger breasts than others.

Some say that you can make your flared ribs less apparent by breathing exercises. They claim that breathing and body posture are the reasons why you have flared ribs. So you could try that to correct your body posture or a breathing exercise. For example, lie on your back and put your feet on a wall while your knees are bent in a 90 degrees angle. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  This will train your muscles to breath in a correct way.

However, some say you can make them less apparent by building muscles and doing exercises. You can try out barbell curls or triceps pushdowns. In these exercise you feel that you are training the part above your flared ribs. This could make the flared ribs less apparent.

Thus, many people claim different things. You can always try these, but don’t expect too much from it. Please think of yourself as beautiful and your flared ribs as a part of your body that makes you unique. I know this is hard sometimes, but there are just some things that cannot be changed.

Also, please remember that we are not professionals whatsoever. I’ve tried to find a solution for this question. But in order to be sure, I would advise you to contact a trainer at the gym or someone else who has the professional knowledge about this stuff. 

Ilona has them and I have them as well! Are there any other people that have flared ribs? 

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