Posts Tagged ‘Upper Body’

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Upper Body Training

November 1, 2010

Just like everyone else I’m in a time crunch to get my workouts in. In the last year I have gone from circuit training to splitting up my body parts into separate days. Well as you can imagine even for someone who lives in a gym this can be time consuming.

But since I try to be more of a listener in order to be a learner, I have been taught that in a pinch I really only need to do two body parts per week for my upper body. Chest and back.

When working on my chest I am also indirectly using my tricep muscles. When working on my back I am also using my biceps. There are many weeks that go by that I only have time to do these groups and for sure my arms have not suffered.

This is how it works. The function of your tricep muscles is to extend your elbow. So every time I complete a pressing movement I am also contracting my triceps. Since the function of your bicep is to bend your elbow, every time you do a rowing motion you are also using your biceps.

So how about you? If you are doing resistance training how do you fit it into your schedule? Do you circuit, or like me do you hit different muscle groups? What is your efficiency level like in the gym? Are you a gabber or do you zone every distraction out, get your work done and then out the door so you can enjoy the rest of your life?

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I LOVE Push-Ups!!!

November 8, 2009

I love push-ups! Anyone that trains with me can tell you so. As soon as someone enters the Longevity Personal Training world my clients learn how to do them and also learn to expect them in their workouts.

Push-ups have become the measuring tool of upper body strength. They test the whole body. While doing a push-up you engage your arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. The act of lifting your own body weight can be taxing for even the very fit.

There are many ways that you can do push-ups in order to change their difficulty. Some of my seniors simply push off of a wall. Most of my clients do a standard push-up. And a few brave souls find themselves with their hands on top of a medicine ball and their toes on top of a Swiss Ball.

Push-ups can be done in almost any setting, whether you are in a gym or in a hotel room.

Many times when I have a day that I don’t have the time to get a full workout in, I can be seen dashing off to a corner of the gym to knock off another set of 25.

Push-ups give you NO reason not to do some type of strength training during your day.

I LOVE Push-Ups!

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