Alternate your shadow boxing punch routine with this muscle-toning bicep curl compound movement. This exercise strengthens your triceps, biceps, and shoulders.
Consider adding some resistance by incorporating 1-, 3- or 5-pound weights, depending on your comfort level.
No hand weights at home? You can get the same effect using cans of soup.
Duration: 2 to 6 sets of 10-15 reps, with a 2 to 5-minute rest in between each set. If this is too intense, start off with a number of sets and reps that work best for you.
- Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and arms by your side with your palms facing out.
- Bend your forearms until your hands — or weights — touch your shoulders. Make sure your elbows are kept firmly by your side for this movement.
- Keeping your arms here, rotate your palms so that they’re facing forward.
- Push your arms over your head until both arms are extended straight above your body, keeping your core activated and straight. Lower your shoulders away from your ears.
- Slowly lower your arms with your palms still facing forward until your palms are parallel with your shoulders .
- Turn your palms toward you and slowly lower your triceps, with your elbows firmly next to your torso, until your arms are completely hanging by your side.
Tomorrow: Simply stretch.
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