It is important that we take the time out to acknowledge and recognize not only our strengths, but our weaknesses as well. Once that is done, it’s time to come up with a plan. Not just any plan, but a plan that can help you to grow and eliminate those weaknesses.
I divide things into three categories: mind, body, and soul. When it comes to my body I know without a shadow of a doubt that my upper body is my weakest area and for years I have used that as a crutch (my line sisters secretly hate me for it) instead of attacking the problem head on and changing it.
And then, there was Frank. I have seen my body transition into something that not only looks good but feels good too, thanks to my trainer, former student, and friend Frank who is part owner of Core Fitness. He takes my complaints and weaknesses and designs a plan that allows me to transition without me even realizing it. I mean, I literally couldn’t tell that I finally have arm definition until I saw it first hand in a picture!
So, I have teamed up with Frank May of Core Fitness to bring you three simple moves that can really build your upper body!
These took me a while to really get because I have been more focused on wanting to get to the point where I can add more weight when I really need to make sure that my form is correct. Doing this move with correct form, consistently, has allowed me to really get some definition in my back.
Benefits: Works out all of the big muscles in your back, engages your core, and promotes shoulder mobility when executed correctly.
I absolutely hate these! Like, I 100% dread them because no matter how many times I try these out, my shoulders always end up burning. These are also the main exercise that Frank counts incorrectly causing me to do more than we originally negotiated.
Benefits: Strengthens shoulders, triceps and core when performed correctly.
When I first started training I could only do 2 push ups before falling on my face. I am learning that as weak as my upper body is, I needed to strengthen my core as well if I wanted to see improvements elsewhere. Modifying my pushups to incorporate a bench allows me to not feel as much pressure in my knees and still get amazing results.
Benefits: Strengthens all of your torso, increases energy, and strengthens your core without having to do sit ups. Trying different variations can help strengthen specific parts of the body or can aid in reducing stress on certain areas.
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What are some of your favorite moves to strengthen your upper body? Also, what is your weakest area of your body? Maybe we can share some easy moves that can help you change that!