More often than not, women avoid upper body workouts for one reason: fear of bulking up. We get it, most women do not want to become "too muscular." But were here to tell you that adding weights to your routine will not make you jacked! In fact, it could have a positive impact on your fitness goals, your fat loss, and your health in general!
If you've been focusing on butt and abs only, it's time to mix things up!
From improved posture to greater mobility to an elevated metabolism, working your upper body with weights has nothing but upside! Take a closer look:
Now that you know all the benefits, here's a short workout you can add to your routine today!
To get the most from this workout, you will need your BodyRock weighted vest and a set of dumbbells. The BodyRock vest is a powerful workout tool! It adds resistance to all your movements without you having to change a single thing. That means, more muscle engagement, an increase in calories burned, and a greater potential for fat loss! If you are lacking this equipment, we've got your covered with the Dumbbell Vest Combo! Get yours here!
You'll want to do each of these moves for 50 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest in between. Do the entire circuit twice. Take a peek:
Are you ready? Here's a breakdown of the moves!
Jab Cross & Duck:
Begin by standing up straight, with your feet together, arms bent, hands in fists under your chin. Drop into a squat. Jump back up, landing with your feet shoulder-width apart, immediately jump your feet back together and squat. Do this three times. On the third time, keep your feet at shoulder-width and with a slight bend in your knees, punch with your right hand, and then your left, alternating for a count of ten. Return to start position and repeat the entire sequence.
The Inch Worm:
Begin by standing up straight, feet hip-width apart. Bend at the waist and bring your hands down to the floor. Walk your hands out so you are in plank position. Drop into a push up. Now walk your hands back to your feet and come back to standing. Repeat. (If this move is too difficult, you can find a modification here
Squat Curl & Press:
Begin by standing up straight, feet shoulder-width apart, and dumbbells in each hand, resting by your side. Drop down into a squat, making sure to keep your back straight. On your way back up to standing, curl the dumbbells toward your shoulder, then press them up and over your head, palms facing forward. Bring the dumbbells back down to your side and repeat.
Tricep Dip With Leg Elevation:
Begin by sitting on the floor with your hands on the ground behind you, shoulder-width apart, fingers pointed toward your feet. Your feet should be hip-width apart. Straighten your arms, lifting your bottom off the floor. Bend your elbows, and lower your upper body toward the floor, while lifting your right leg straight up in the air. Push through your hands, straightening your arms, drop your leg and return to start position. Repeat using the left leg. Alternate in this way for the duration of the interval.
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