Because everyone has crazy schedules (including me) and don’t have time to read long(er) articles, I created a monthly series called, “Healthy Quickies.” Working with my favorite trainer and friend, David Hardin, HQ’s will be quick and simple pointers on how to make each and every one of us a better (healthier) human. Whether it’s a workout move, health tip of the day, common idea, etc. check out the HQ’s for your monthly download. This month’s topic: Wedding Arms and Shoulders
Spring has officially sprung which means it’s WEDDING SEASON. Whether you’re going to a wedding, in a wedding, or getting married, Wedding Season means one major thing (to a girl): Looking phemon in that dress. After coming out of a dark and cold winter, a typical priority for Wedding Season females/males (other than being tan) is having sculpted arms/shoulders/back for all of those pictures. Here is a quick move that can help you get from flabby to flexing in a few short weeks:
Squatting Upright Rows:
Muscles Worked: Shoulders, triceps, biceps, quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold the dumbbells side to side in the front of your waist with your palms facing you.
Move your body down into a squat while keeping the dumbbells in front of you with your arms fully extended. Squat as low as you can without your knees bending more than 90 degrees. The weight is on your heels and the balls of your feet. Don’t hunch or round your back,keep it in a neutral position.
Keep the dumbbells about an inch apart and tightly hug your arms in so that the dumbbells come up to the side of your torso. Your elbows should be grazing each of your sides. The weights should never come above shoulder height. Once in a “T” position, bring the weights back down in front of you keeping your arms stick straight. Repeat.