Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lever Press (Shoulders)

I wanted to share with you a new exercise move that I recently introduced into my lifting plans. It is for the shoulders but also works the entire body and especially the core. It is called the Lever Press. You use one shoulder at a time with heavy loads. Take a barbell and place on the floor in a corner of the room. Load the opposite end of the barbell with plates. Hold on to the bar at that end (the end with weight). Hold with right hand and stagger your stance with your left leg forward. Then press straight overhead with twisting at the torso to the left. Do 5-8 reps and then switch and use the other side. Great workout working differently the muscles in your body.

Stay tuned…….. Lift strong………

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Posture - Back and Core

This weekend I was able to get in a few great hikes. As I was hiking, I became aware of my posture. Then I flashed back to my grandmother. She used to take her middle finger knuckle and if you were slouching, she would dig that knuckle in the center of your back. Trust me – you stood up straight then!!!  I also watch younger folks especially kids. They lay all over the counters, tables, everything and anything. Good posture has sure gone out the window.

Poor posture is caused by both tight and weak muscles. To help with posture, make sure you do plenty of back and core exercises to strength those muscles and hold you straight upright. See previous blog postings for movements/exercises.

It is said that posture has a direct impact on your confidence. So STAND TALL and CONFIDENT. Practice it.

Stay tuned………. Stay strong………..