Thursday, July 23, 2020

6 Tricep Workouts And Shoulder Workouts

Tricep Workouts

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Best Home Workouts

Best Home Workouts

Many nonessential businesses, fitness centers and gyms among them, have closed in recent days as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. But for many people, staying in shape can be hard without that physical location.

“I’ve started working out at home. It sucks, it’s hard to feel motivated in a place where you usually rest,” Ruiz said. “Especially when you have to go outside and run in bad weather.”

Though you can’t get your regular sweat in at the gym for the time being, there are still ways to keep in shape during your time of social isolation. In fact, exercise might be an incredibly vital part of it.

“If you participate in regular exercise, it boosts your baseline immune system, making you less susceptible to various bacteria and viruses,” said Robert Mazzio, a researcher from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Mazzio specializes in the metabolic and physiological effects of exercise on the human body. He said that exercise is not only good for your immune system, but it can also make your body more resilient to stress and can reduce anxiety.

“These are high-anxiety times, so people are very stressed out. They’re worried about getting sick, they’re worried about the financial implications. So, the other good news there is that … participation in regular exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improve your state of mind.”

Exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that can help during these isolating and confusing times. But if you were going to the gym before and are having a tough time motivating at home, what can you do?

Many people have already started adjusting their routines to fit their new at-home reality.

“I’m isolated at home with my family, and every hour a timer goes off and we get up and we walk around the house,” said Chris Jordan, personal trainer and director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. “At the very least, we walk up and down the stairs so that we all stay sane, that we all stay positive, that we stay energized.”

Here are options for at-home workouts that can be done without equipment. Here are some ways that they recommend we stay in shape and keep sane during these times.


If you’re able to do it, going out for a run is a great way to get some cardiovascular activity.
Take a brisk walk. We may be social distancing, but we’re still allowed to be outside as long as we are not too close to other individuals and not in gatherings.
If you’re going to go out for a run or a walk, interval training is recommended as a very time-efficient way of doing it. Interval training simply means alternating between fast running and slow running or fast walking and slow walking. And there’s alternating between the high and low to make the workout more efficient, more effective, more challenging, but in a manageable way.
Walk around your house, or your apartment if you have space. Even getting up for a few minutes and walking around every hour can make a difference between having a good day and a bad day.

Bodyweight exercises

These exercises are ideal for the home environment because they require only minimal space.

  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Jumping jacks
  •  Burpees, also known as squat-thrusts
  • Walking up and down the stairs

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

10 Exercise For Beginners Over 40

Exercise not only keeps you feeling and looking younger, but actually physically slows down the aging process. And while exercise comes in many forms, strength training is where the true anti-aging magic happens. If you’re over 50 and haven’t been strength training, it’s not too late to start! 

Let’s explore in detail the benefits of strength training and some of the specific weight training moves women over 50 should do.


Exercise For Beginners Over 40

The important benefits of strength training after 50 include:

Builds Muscle Mass: Those who strength train see tighter, more toned bodies, rather than getting “bulky”. Being stronger means you are able to stay independent and strong for life’s daily activities such as carrying groceries, lifting grandchildren, or engaging in fun activities like golf or other sports. 

Around the age of 30, we start to lose our muscle mass if not doing anything to actively replace it. As many women age, they become more sedentary and hence, their muscles start to deteriorate. That’s why you need to start doing strength work.

Builds Bone Density:  Unexpected falls put countless older people in the hospital every year. In fact, according to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans. By strength training the muscle and connective tissue that surrounds your bones, you are making yourself stronger and helping to prevent a fall from happening in the first place.

Exercise For Beginners Over 40 lifting weights.

Decreases Body Fat: Maintaining a healthy weight is important when it comes to preventing many diseases that come with aging. By strength training, you are able to decrease the amount of body fat, both internally and externally.

A healthy amount of body fat is both good and necessary. Too much, however, is not. Strength training can help with this. 

Speeds Up Metabolism: Strength training and lifting weights leads to more muscle, which then leads to a  higher metabolism. Muscle uses more calories at a resting heart rate than body fat. 

When you have more muscle on your body, you burn more calories everyday.

Exercise For Beginners Over 40

Improves Mental Health: As you get older, you may go through a lot of life changes making it normal to feel sad, stressed, or uneasy about these changes. Strength training has been shown to improve your confidence and boost your mental health. Harvard Medical School reports that exercise helps lessen the incidence and the degree of clinical depression.

Improves Balance, Coordination, and Mobility: As you age, you tend to lose the overall muscle strength that allows you to balance. By lifting weights, you are not only building up muscle strength, but you are also forcing your body to function in an unbalanced state, thus improving overall balance and coordination.

Reduces Risk of Many Diseases: According to Tufts University, strength training will reduce the risks and symptoms of several health problems too including: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression.


Here are 11 exercises that will work every muscle group and give you a good total body workout. Several use your body weight and a few require a set of dumbbells. Choose a weight that allows you to complete 12 repetitions of each exercise. If it’s too easy, go a little heavier. 


Chris Freytag performing basic squats

Here’s how to perform a basic squat:

  1. Stand tall with your feet hip width distance apart. Hips, knees, and toes all pointing forward. 
  2. Bend your knees and sit your butt back as if you are going to sit in a chair. Primarily keeping your weight equal in both heels, allowing you to keep your knees behind your toes. 
  3. Hit the bottom of your squat, pause, and then rise back up to stand. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes and Core 


Chris Freytag doing a modified push-up from her knees on a purple yoga mat.

Here’s how to perform a modified push-up:

  1. Begin in a kneeling position with your hands below your shoulders and knees back behind your hips. 
  2. Keep your gaze in front of your fingertips so your neck stays long, squeeze your glutes and inner thighs together, keeping the lower body active. 
  3. Slowly lower yourself to the ground, keeping your elbows back at about a 45 degree angle. 
  4. Press yourself back up to the starting position 
  5. Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions

Advancement: Once you have mastered the modified push-up try a full push-up from your toes. Begin in a high plank position, hands stacked underneath the shoulders, legs long behind you. Lower your chest to the floor, with your elbows pointing slightly back, until you are just above the ground. As you exhale, tighten your belly and push yourself back up to a plank position. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Biceps and Triceps, and even your Core.


Chris Freytag doing a reverse grip dummbell row with a pair of black dumbbells.

Here’s how to perform a reverse grip double arm row: 

  1. Start with your legs together and sit back into a small squat; engaging the glutes and abdominal wall. Arms will be stretched out in front of the body holding the dumbbells with the palms facing the ceiling. 
  2. Drawing your elbows back by squeezing your upper back muscles together, pull the elbows gently past the hips so you feel the lats and triceps engage and return to the starting position with control. 

Options: Start with a lighter set of weights and focus on slow controlled movements. Take a 3 second pause at the top of the range of motion and slowly return to the starting position. Once you’ve mastered lighter weights with a slow and controlled pace, grab a set of heavier weights and try completing a few more repetitions. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Triceps, Back and Shoulders 


Chris Freytag doing a full body roll-up on a purple yoga mat.

Here’s how to perform a full-body roll up:

  1. Start lying on a mat (or the ground) with your arms extended overhead, legs long, and feet flexed towards your face. 
  2. Inhale as you lift your arms up and begin curling your chin to your chest. Exhale as you roll the entire torso up and over, keeping your legs straight, abs engaged, reaching down towards the toes. 
  3. Inhale as you begin to roll back down your spine, one vertebra at a time and exhale as the upper portion of the back lowers to the ground, reaching your arms back overhead. 
  4. Repeat moving slowly and using the abdominals to lift and lower, not using momentum. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Core, Shoulders and Back


Chris Freytag doing a dumbbell deadlift with dumbbells.

Here’s how to perform a Dumbbell Deadlift: 

  1. Start standing with your feet hip width distance apart and dumbbells facing towards the front of your thighs. 
  2. Tighten your abdominals and keep a flat back as you bring a soft bend through the knees, lowering the dumbbells towards the floor. 
  3. Send your butt backwards with a slight hip hinge, squeeze the glutes, and use your hamstrings to lift and return to your upright position. 


Chris Freytag doing a forward lunge with a bicep curl using dumbbells.

Here’s how to perform a Forward Lunge with A Bicep Curl:

  1. Start standing tall with your feet hip width distance apart. Take a large step forward with one foot and lower your back knee down to the floor. Both legs should be bent at a 90-degree angle at the bottom of the lunge. 
  2. Bring weights in towards your shoulders to complete the bicep curl at the bottom of the lunge, then push off the front foot and return to the starting position. 
  3. Repeat on the other side. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings, and Biceps


Chris Freytag doing a forearm plank on a purple yoga mat.

Here’s how to perform a forearm plank: 

  1. Begin by lying on the floor with your forearms flat on the ground. Your elbows should be aligned directly below your shoulders. Hands should be separated the width of your elbows. 
  2. Engage your core, press down through your elbows and raise your body up off the floor, keeping your body in a straight line from your head down to your feet. Pull your navel into your spine and squeeze your glutes to keep your hips in line with your shoulders. 

Modifications: Drop down to your knees and hold from your forearms and your knees. This will allow you to focus on squeezing your belly into your spine without dropping your hips or dumping pressure into your low back. 

Chris Freytag doing a forearm plank modified from her knees on a purple yoga mat.

Muscle Groups Targeted: Core/ Abdominals, Shoulder, Chest, Upper Back, Arm, and Leg Muscles.


Chris Freytag doing a single leg glute bridge on a purple yoga mat.

Here’s how to perform a single leg hamstring bridge: 

  1. Lie on your back with bent knees both hip width distance apart. Your feet will be flat on the mat stacked underneath your knees. Once in a bridge position extend one leg long towards the ceiling. 
  2. Squeezing your glutes and lifting your hips off of the mat into a bridge. Lower and lift the hips for a desired number of reps and then repeat on the other side. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Hamstrings, Glutes, and Quads


Chris Freytag doing tricep kickbacks standing with black dumbbells.

Here’s how to perform a tricep kick back: 

  1. Start with your feet together (or hip width distance apart), sit back into a slight squat with arms bent at 90-degree angles, and dumbbells at the sides of the chest. 
  2. Press the dumbbells back past the hips, keeping the line from your shoulder to your elbow joint stable and only finding movement from the elbow joint to the dumbbell. Return back to the starting position with dumbbells at 90-degrees.

Advanced Option: Stability Ball Tricep Kick Back

Adding the stability ball to a tricep kickback is a strength exercise that will not only strengthen the triceps but will also challenge your core stability. An exercise that can be done by all levels from beginners to advanced will make you work your entire body in order to keep you on the stability ball. 

Chris Freytag doing tricep kickbacks with dumbbells, lying on a silver/ grey stability ball.

Here’s how to perform a stability ball tricep kickback:

  1. Holding dumbbells, place your chest firmly on the ball with arms draped along your side body and legs extended on the floor behind you. Keep your head in line with your spine, squeezing your glutes to hold yourself in a stable plank position on the ball. 
  2. Pull your elbow up to a 90-degree angle for the starting position of the tricep kickback. 
  3. Press the dumbbells back, squeezing the triceps. 
  4. Release dumbbells back down to starting position, maintaining balance on the stability ball the entire time. 

Muscle Groups Targeted: Triceps and Core. 


Chris Freytag doing an overhead shoulder press with black dumbbells.

Here’s how to perform a shoulder overhead press: 

  1. Start with your feet hip width distance apart. Bring your elbows out to the side creating a goal post position with your arms. Elbows will be straight out from shoulder height and abdominals held in tight. 
  2. Press dumbbells straight overhead until your arms are straight. Slowly return to starting position (goal post arms) with control. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Easy Core Workouts For Beginners

Core Workouts For Beginners

Core Workouts For Beginners

It’s easy to see why weak core muscles could result in poor posture, lower back pain and other muscle injuries, while working to strengthen them could help improve your balance and stability. Plus, working out your core (along with a healthy diet and aerobic exercise) could help you get a toned and tight tummy, if that’s one of your goals.

But, before you do a hundred crunches, it’s important to note that your core is made up of several muscles that wrap from the front of your torso to your back: your rectus abdominis (your “six pack”), transverse abdominis (internal muscles that wrap around your torso), erector spinae (muscles in your lower back) and your obliques (on your sides).

In this at-home core workout, we will take you through easy moves that will make your abs feel like they’re on fire, and we totally mean this in a good way. All you need is a mat or a soft surface and your core will be ready to burn baby, burn!

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