Happy Friday, friends! What’s on the agenda for the weekend? I have plans with my roommate tonight (netflix, dinner, and wine!) and a baby shower for a friend tomorrow. I recently enrolled in Precision Nutrition’s nutrition coach program, so I’ll probably try to make a dent in the first unit too.
I’m super excited to be changing up my favorites posts for the next 4 weeks to highlight my favorite exercises for teaching and programming! Today, I am sharing my go-to upper body exercises – they are super effective, quick, and are easy to combine into a circuit. (I apologize for the crazy lighting of these photos).
X Band Pulls
Key for this exercise is to keep tension in the band as you pull it diagonally up above your head and down in front of your hips.
Start out by holding the weights with a 90 degree in your elbow. Laterally raise your elbows (second picture) then fully raises your hands up, just like a goal post (third picture).
Start in high plank:
Then lower down just a few inches off of the floor:
Then push up, but only halfway:
From this halfway point, lower back down to the ground the press up back to the starting position.
Start with hips slightly hinged back and keep your back flat and shoulders relaxed:
Next, draw your shoulder blades together as you bring the weights towards your hips and your elbows going high.