Strong arms, shoulders and back are the backgrounds of overall health and a good posture. So it is really important to pay attention to your upper-body muscles including your deltoids, your triceps and your upper and lower back in order to get a strong and beautiful body.
Dan Castillo is a certified personal trainer and instructor from New York City who created an effective workout for strengthening your upper-body muscles. You are able to do this training at home as it only takes seven minutes out of your schedule.
All you need is to take a chair and a towel. Make sure you have a large room with a table to train there. Each exercise should be performed at a high-intensity effort. It is time to start our workout!
#1. Star Jump
- Stand with your feet together, arms fully extended with your hands by your sides. This is the start position.
- Bend your knees slightly then straighten and push through the balls of your feet while straightening your your knees to jump up spreading your legs to wider than hip width apart. As you do so, raise both arms out and up in a smooth arc until your hands meet above your head.
- As you return to the ground, bring your feet together and your hands back to your sides with your arms fully extended. Continue without pause for the desired amount of time or repetitions.
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- Lie down on your back with your legs straight and feet together so your body forms a straight line. Next, raise your arms up over your head (in line with the rest of your body) and inhale. This is the starting position.
- Begin exercise by swinging your arms forward, while raising your torso and coming up off the ground and onto your feet without touching the ground with your hands.
- Next, lean forward and place your hands onto the ground and kick your feet back into a plank position. Reverse movement back to starting position. This completes one rep.
#3. Plank V-Ups
- Start out in a plank position with your elbows on the mat, on your toes with your stomach off the mat. Keep your back straight.
- Keeping your belly button pressed in, push your butt up on the exhale. Repeat at least 10 times.
#4. Up Down Down (Elbow Push-Up)
- Start with your palms and feet touching the floor and your body in a straight line (push-up position).
- Lift your right hand off the ground and then place your right forearm on the ground where you hand just was. Do the same with your left arm.
- Now pick your right forearm off the ground and put your palm back on the ground. Follow again with your left arm. This completes one repetition.
#5. Modified Pushups
- Come to the ground on your knees. Tighten your core and maintain a flat back. Position your hands on the ground in front of you, directly below your shoulders. Cross your feet in the back.
- Lower your chest towards the ground. Bend your elbows at a 60-degree angle until your chest is just above the ground. You should feel a stretch across your chest. Hold for a count of one.
- Without locking your elbows, push yourself back to the starting position by straightening your arms.
#6. Swiss Ball/Chair Push-ups
- Place a Swiss Ball (or a chair) on the ground and lie face down in front of it. With your hands beneath your shoulders, push yourself up into a classic Push-Up position. With a tight core, place one foot on the Swiss Ball. Once you feel balanced, position the other foot on the ball as well.
- Maintaining a braced core and a flat back, slowly lower your upper body towards the floor. Focus all of the tension into your chest. Your feet will remain on the ball, fighting for balance during the movement.
- Push yourself back into the starting position before beginning again.
#7. Chair Squats
- Place a chair behind you. Stand up straight with a tight core and flat back. Fold your arms in front. Your feet should be shoulder-width and toes and pointing forward.
- Slowly descend by bending your knees and driving your hips back. Keep your chest and head up.
- Touch the chair with your butt then slowly rise back to the starting position.
#8. Pilates Swimming
- Lay down flat on your stomach with your arms up over your head. Pull your abs in tight.
- Raise your lower legs and upper body up off the ground (only your thighs and abs should be touching the ground).
- Now pulse your arms and legs up and down. Move your right arm and left leg together and your left arm and right leg together. Alternate them back and forth for the desired amount of time.
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