Take It Outside!

Do you ever spend the amount of time it takes to go to the gym, thinking about going to gym? I did that today. Instead of jumping out of bed and heading to the gym to work on some weight training, I lay in bed wondering if I should go indoors or take my workout to the beach. I must’ve wasted 30 minutes of precious training time pondering this huge dilemma of the day! I decided to “take it outside!”

Here’s what I did:

I used one of those bands people get in PT. It’s pretty tight and hard to pull apart which makes it great for resistance training. (I did 3 sets of the arm moves below, 30 times each arm)

This move is good for those outer shoulders. You just pull the band apart while keeping your elbows slightly bent and your arms in front of your chest. I loooove shoulders that ripple, so doing these regularly should help. IMG_2271

Now for the upper shoulders. You simply lift one arm straight in front of you while holding the band in the middle of your chest. Smiling is suggested.

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Let’s work those biceps! Just hold the band in the center of your body and curl up with each arm. Focus on squeeeezing the bicep with each move. Mind matters.

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Who wants bi’s without good tri’s? Put the band in between your shoulder blades and lift with opposite arm. Hurts so good!

I still needed more and there’s nothing that can work up some heat in the body and a sweat like a leg workout so I simply put the band around my ankles and took a crab walk. Walking sides for as long as I can go. When doing these awesomely effective yet oh-so painful moves, it’s really important not to feel it in your back which means – TIGHTEN THAT CORE and GET LOW! FEEL IT IN YOUR BOOTY, NOT YOUR BACK! (I’m not your personal trainer but I can act like one, if you’d like.)

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And of course, finish things off with a plank! Hold for however long you can. I made it to 2 minutes 3 times.

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Neda Iranpour

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Neda is an Emmy-award winning evening Anchor in San Diego, a cyclist, a marathon runner, a WBFF Pro & a member of the vegan club. She loves to share stories, including her own!