Elevate Your Shoulder Workout!

Posted by Angie Quehl on Oct 8, 2013 11:39:00 AM

Raising the Bar on Shoulder Exercises for Women

Nothing makes a tank top or little black dress look better then having a great set of sculpted shoulders. In this month's edition of Essential Exercises for Women we chose this terrifc shoulder-shaper which uses the body bar to help you get those toned, sexy deltoids rockin'!

Rotator Curl with the Body Bar

Target: Shoulders

1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, gripping center of bar with left hand, arms

by sides, palms facing in. Posture counts, be sure that you are standing tall, lifting

through your ribcage!

2. Bend left elbow 90 degrees so that forearm is at waist level and bar isrotator curl with bar

perpendicular to floor.

3. Keeping elbow bent by ribs, rotate left forearm out to left side.

4. Return forearm to forward position to complete 1 rep.

5. Perform 2-3 sets of 12-15 repetitions on each side.

Note: Start with a light bar, perhaps a 4 lb. bar. This shoulder exercise for women can also be done with a dumbbell. If the 4 lb. bar is too heavy, try a lighter dumbbell.

 

10 more shoulder exercises for women

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Fitness Magazine

 

The Trust Report

 

 

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Essential Exercises for Women: Single Arm Dumbbell Chest Press

Posted by Angie Quehl on Jan 17, 2013 2:49:00 PM

Up in Arms!

In this month's edition of Essential Exercises for Women, we highlight a variation of a traditional exercise, the dumbbell chest press. By alternating sides and adding the stability ball, this exercise becomes much more challenging! By alternating the arms, you add a new dynamic to the move where you have to engage your core to keep the body stable. When doing this version, you may need to go lighter on the weights. You might also want to try it on a bench or floor before moving on to an exercise ball.


Lie down on a bench, step, or stability ball. (If using a stability ball, be sure that your upper back and head are on the ball!) Begin with the weights in each hand straight up over the chest, palms face out.


Keep the left arm in place while bending the right elbow and lowering the arm down until it's at or just below the chest (the arm should look like a goal post).


Press the arm back up without locking the elbow, then immediately repeat the move on the left arm while keeping the right arm in place.

single arm chest press


Continue alternating sides, engaging the abs to keep the torso from moving.
Repeat for 1 to 3 sets of 8 to 15 repetitions on each arm.


Tips

  • Keep the abs contracted throughout the movement to protect your back.
  • Keep the motion slow and controlled -- try not to use momentum to lift the weight.
 
 
 

Main article body submitted by: Pennie Waston



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Best Exercise to Ditch Arm Flab Forever!

Posted by Angie Quehl on Oct 5, 2012 1:15:00 PM

Train Your Tri's!

how to get rid of arm flab

If I had a dollar for every time a client has asked me how to get rid of the flabby part of the back of their arm, I would be very wealthy! While there is no easy fix, there are many fabulous exercises that target the triceps and if done correctly, bye-bye flab!

 

A little background on the triceps. They are a “small” muscle, as opposed to large
muscles like the bicep. They are easily forgotten muscles. Most people think that if they
are working their arms, such as in bicep curls, they are targeting the whole arm. Wrong!
We are targeting the main, large group and forgetting our small little triceps in the back.

Tricep Extensions are a great exercise for women that target the triceps and this variation using the stability ball adds intensity
and challenges the core!

 

How to Do It:

1. To perform a triceps extension on a stability ball, get into a bridge position on the
ball. Holding your weights close to your sides, slowly roll from a seated position
onto your back until the ball is under your head, neck and upper portion of your
shoulders. Keep your hips up by pushing through your feet and bending your
knees at a 90-degree angle. Pull in your abs to keep your back straight.


2. Fully extend your arms without locking your elbows straight up from the shoulder
point. Slowly lower the weight by bending your elbows until they are a little less
than a 90-degree bend. Fully extend your arms and repeat.

Perform 10 to 15 for general strength and stability training.


Precautions: During the exercise, don’t move your shoulders and be sure to keep
your hips up. If you are having difficulty performing this exercise on the ball, move
to the floor! 

Article Submitted by: Pennie Waston

 

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Essential Exercises for Women: Get Tank-Top Toned!

Posted by Angie Quehl on Jul 5, 2012 11:35:00 AM

Prepare to Go Sleeveless!

As the heat wave of the summer wears on, all of us may be turning to tanks, and shoulder-baring tops to try and stay cool. For our July edition of Essential Exercises for Women we have put together a move that is sure to make your shoulders, chest and upper arms look mah-vel-ous...Michelle Obama won't have a thing on you!

Push-up/Tricep Push-up 

This multi-jointed exercise targets the chest, shoulders and tricep as well as the abs when performed in the most extended position.

1. Start on your hands and knees, fingers spread, wrists under shoulders, knees under hips. Extend one leg back to rest on your toes, then the other, forming a straight line from your heels to your shoulders. Keep the butt and ab muscles tight and the shoulders sliding down the back. Be sure the neck is in line with the spine (don't hang your head or jut your chin out.). A modified version would be to have the knees remain on the floor instead of extended out on the toes.

push up for women
2. Bending the elbows, slowly lower the body as far down as you can while maintaining proper form. Then, straightening (but not locking) the arms, come back to the starting position. Repeat to fatigue (strive for 12-15 repetitions).

tricep push up for women

Kick It Up!

For a challenge and more emphasis on the smaller tricep portion of the arm do the push-up with the elbows pointing back and close to your sides (as seen above). The triceps are a smaller muscle group so do not be surprised if this version is a little tougher.

Need Some Motivation?

How about even more of an incentive to give push-ups a try? Fact: Your shoulders and upper back tend to carry less fat than the rest of your body, so the right exercises can give this area a nearly instant makeover, says Ramona Braganza, a celebrity trainer who has worked with stars such as Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba. 

 

Photos: Women's Health Magazine

 

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