Two Trap-Building Workouts For Women

Two Trap-Building Workouts For Women

Back Exercises for Women, Back Workouts for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Having a well-defined trapezius is a boon for backless dresses, balanced posture and building strength.Cable Wide-Grip RowForm: Cable Wide-Grip RowThe trapezius spreads across your back, neck and shoulder blades, covering the rhomboids and helping define the V-shape of the latissimus dorsi. Because of its size, various zones perform different functions: The upper traps draw your scapulae upward and allow you to shrug, the lower traps pull your shoulder blades downward, and the middle traps pull your shoulder blades inward toward your spine. Though these functions all take place on the reg, your upper traps tend to get the most work, either from sitting slumped over at work or because of too much shoulder work where the traps are primary or secondary movers. To maintain a balance of power and achieve…
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The 10-Minute Squat Challenge – Oxygen Magazine

The 10-Minute Squat Challenge – Oxygen Magazine

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Flexibility And Mobility, Glute Exercises for Women, Leg Exercises for Women, Sports Medicine for Women, Training Tips for Women
This squat challenge isn’t about accumulating reps or finding a one-rep max, though you will see an improvement in these areas. It’s about improving your overall squatting mechanics, which will allow you to lift more weight more efficiently and earn faster gains.Your body moves along links in a chain, but if there’s a kink in a link, the rest of the chain suffers. For example, during a squat, tight ankles force your knees back over your heels, pulling your torso forward as counterbalance. This draws the movement out of the posterior chain (hamstrings and glutes) and into the quads, the weaker link where squats are concerned. Finding and maintaining the proper squat position means freer movement, a stronger squat, and a reduced likelihood of injury and movement dysfunction. Thanks for…
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Function and Form Pec Workout

Function and Form Pec Workout

Arm Workouts for Women, Chest Exercises for Women, Chest Workouts for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
No, training your chest won’t create cleavage or take you up a cup size as some workout programs would have you believe. But training your pectoralis major to be strong and shapely can define your collarbone area and add dimension to your décolletage.Form: Banded Single-Arm Low-to-High FlyeThe pec major is the primary mover for any horizontal adduction movement, such as when you bring your arms across your body as if giving a hug, and most chest exercises target this motion — for example, presses, flyes and push-ups. However, the pec major is also responsible for shoulder flexion — raising your arm up in front of you — in conjunction with the anterior deltoid. This band exercise combines both these actions to emphasize the upper-pectoral area.Thanks for watching!Visit Website Attach one…
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Lower-Body Stability-Ball Workout – Oxygen Magazine

Lower-Body Stability-Ball Workout – Oxygen Magazine

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Workouts for Women, Leg Exercises for Women, Leg Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
If you’re like me, you mean business when it comes to getting the most out of a lower-body workout. Hello, thighs and glutes! The stability ball is a staple tool for this type of work that never seems to get old. You know that large-looking bouncing ball at the gym that some of us love … and others give the side eye and keep on walking. Well, if you desire to build strength, balance and stability — and a stellar-looking lower body — this workout will not disappoint. Let’s get started and generate some serious strength!Thanks for watching!Visit WebsitePerform the following exercises in a circuit to challenge yourself and feel the burn.ExerciseSetsRepsBulgarian Split Squat4-510-12 (each leg)Side Lunge4-510-12 (each leg)Reverse Hyperextension4-515Single-Leg Glute Bridge4-510-12 (each leg)Hip Thrust4-515Hip Thrust Place the stability ball…
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Build a Better Squat: Part 2

Build a Better Squat: Part 2

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Exercises for Women, Training Tips for Women
If you read my first article Build a Better Squat: Part 1, you know all about my obsession with not only the beauty and virtuosity of the squat but also its functionality. I discussed some of the basics for improving form and depth of the squat. As a physical therapist and athlete, I can’t encourage my clients enough to use their entire range of motion. You were born with it for a reason. I encourage clients to move in the ways the human body was made to function. These movement patterns are vital to preserving joints and promoting tissue health. Through moving well, we optimize our ability to perform everyday activities without pain as we age. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHere, I’ll focus specifically on ankle and hip mobility and stability…
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Thigh Workout – Get Rid of Saddlebags

Thigh Workout – Get Rid of Saddlebags

Ab Exercises for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Exercises for Women, Leg Exercises for Women, Training Tips for Women
Let’s make this clear: There is no such bodypart or muscle called a “saddlebag.” Like “muffin top,” it’s essentially a made-up word in the fitness industry to describe a place that holds excess fat. For those of you who have never heard of the “saddlebag” many women refer to, it’s the area on the outer part of your upper thigh and glutes that is underdeveloped and holds excess fat. These simple and effective go-to exercises will shine a spotlight on this stubborn area. It’s important to note these exercises, along with a proper nutrition plan, will really do the trick. The key to these exercises is to focus on holding and squeezing the movement at the top. So if you’re ready to say goodbye to saddlebags, then let’s get started.Thanks…
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10-Minute Core Trim

10-Minute Core Trim

Ab Exercises for Women, Ab Workouts for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Fat Loss for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Strengthen, sculpt and burn all at once with this ab-and-cardio combo workout.Savvy exercisers know that achieving a six-pack requires a combination of ab-centric resistance training and an intensive cardio program (as well as a clean diet). But can you blend cardio and strength work together in the interest of efficiency? Samantha Carmean, CSCS, SFG, PN, a Tier X coach with Equinox in New York City, says yes. “I came up with an effective solution that allows for actual muscle growth while helping you attain that ‘six-pack’ look,” Carmean says.Each move in this five-move circuit is done for a two-minute interval, which is parsed out into four rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. “Two minutes is the zone where we begin to transition from the anaerobic…
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4 Moves for Killer Tank-Top Arms

4 Moves for Killer Tank-Top Arms

Arm Workouts for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Shoulder Exercises for Women, Shoulder Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
As the weather begins to hint at sunshine and warmer temps, the realization that you will soon need to shed layers of clothing begins to set in. But are you ready to reveal your arms to the world? “It isn’t uncommon for winter weight gain to leave some women feeling discouraged or lacking confidence, especially when it comes to their upper body, as they transition from jackets to tank tops,” says Felicia Romero, a trainer and former fitness cover model who recently appeared on season 2 of Fit to Fat to Fit on Lifetime. “I tell my clients to set realistic goals and be consistent with nutrition and exercise plans to ensure they feel confident, sexy and like a knockout in whatever they want to wear this season.” Thanks for…
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Raise Your “Bottom Line” With Workout Wedges

Raise Your “Bottom Line” With Workout Wedges

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Exercises for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
In need of a lightweight elevation that helps round out your butt and you can take just about anywhere? Incorporating workout wedges to your glute program will help you achieve that and more. The elevation and non-slip surface combination allow you to not only feel safe but also to push through your heels more effectively. When you’re able to push through your heels, this allows for better glute activation in every exercise. With better glute activation, your glutes will respond and shape up in all the right places, and that’s the overall goal, right? Talk about a win-win!Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSo grab a hold of some workout wedges and let’s build a better butt … after all, it is the largest muscle in our body!ExerciseSetsRepsElevated Single-Leg Glute Bridge   410-12Elevated Goblet…
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Build a Better Squat: Part 1

Build a Better Squat: Part 1

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Leg Exercises for Women, Leg Workouts for Women, Training Advice for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Writing a single guide on squat mechanics could easily turn into an endeavor the length of a book. Here, we’ll touch on some of the main mechanics to get you squatting like it ain’t no thing, with a ton of different variations tailored to your current level.Build a Solid FoundationAs a physical therapist and athlete, there is no stronger cause I have than encouraging my clients to build a strong base. If it looks bad or worse and if it feels bad, something isn’t right. First, move well. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteA beautiful air squat is a head-turner where I come from. Performing a basic air squat is something that is a necessary and functional component of everyday life. Think getting in and out of a chair or picking something…
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