Advanced Upper Body Exercises

Place a cushion or folded towel on the ground for your head.

Kneel on all fours in front of the towel... your hands on each side of the towel.

Lower the front part of the head to the towel as you raise your butt in the air and raise on your feet... use your hands for support.

Roll slightly back and forth and side to side. Perform for time.

Make sure to use your hands in the beginning until you are sure your neck has strengthened enough to support your body weight.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor... raise your hips up and place your hands by your ears.

Press with your arms and feet and press your hips toward the ceiling as you roll up on your head... then center your hips between your feet and hands.

Press back until your feet are flat on the ground and you are positioned on the front part of your head.

Make sure to use your hands in the beginning until you are sure your neck has strengthened enough to support your body weight and that your back and stomach muscles are stretched before this exercise... you will definitely feel a stretch in the abdominal muscles.

Perform the BU #8 Classic Push Up balancing on your fingertips instead of your palms.

Lie face down with your arms at your sides... your fingers should point toward your toes.

Bend your elbows slightly and place your palms on the floor.

Keep your hands and elbows close to the body... press up until your arms are extended, lower and repeat.

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Assume the up push up position with your feet together on an elevated surface.

Walk your hands closer to your feet so that your body is perpendicular to the floor.

Holding your body and head steady, lower your body towards the floor and push back to the starting position.

Fire Up Your Core

Fire Up Your Core

If you weaken the center of any freestanding structure it becomes unstable. Eventually, everyday wear-and-tear takes its toll, causing the structure to buckle under pressure. This is exactly what happens when the core muscles are weak – it compromises your body’s ability to support the frame properly. In recent years, there has been a lot of buzz about the importance of a strong core – and there is a valid reason for this. The core is where all of the powerful movements in the body originate – so it can essentially be thought of as your “center of power.”

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