Have you hit a lull with your upper body workout? Then try something different, for your body and your sanity!
Our move today is an Overhead Shoulder pulse with a resistance band. This move will be toning the shoulders and the upper back. You will need a light to medium resistance band for this exercise. The stronger the band, the more resistant it will be.
Begin this move by gripping the handles of the band and looping the center under one or both feet. Position the band on the back side of your body, hold your chest tall, engage your core and lift your hands to shoulder level — just to each side of your body. Roll your shoulders back and down — and you are ready to go!
Gripping the band, proceed to lift to a halfway point, creating enough resistance to challenge your muscles. At this point, it’s time to pulse.
Make sure to hover around the halfway mark, only lifting and lowering a few inches at a time during your pulse.
Shoot for at least 20 pulses at a time, or pulse for a determined time frame. Take a small break, then return to your shoulder pulses for three to five sets.
This exercise is great to add in to any upper body workout routine, possibly as a finisher. Or it can be used as a warm-up also. And, of course, by itself is great, too.
Remember, we have plenty of warm weather ahead of us, so our arms will be bare for quite some time. Don’t get bored with your fitness, add a band!
— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at email@example.com.