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START: Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and grasp a light dumbbell in both hands, holding it outside and above your right shoulder. Flex your knees slightly, taking an athletic "ready" position. Pull your abs in and keep your elbows bent slightly. MOVE: Pull the dumbbell diagonally across your body until it's beside your left hip. Reverse direction, returning to the start. Repeat for reps, then switch sides. Move deliberately but not explosively (about concentric and eccentric portions of each rep). Don't flex forward with your spine when doing this or any rotational work for the obliques.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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