Brighten up your Monday with the first installment of the Zaggora Upper Body Workout! The three-week series is an easy, accessible and effective way to start making your New Year an active one. It was designed exclusively for Zaggora by Lucy Miller, Fitness Editor of Health & Fitness Magazine.
Lucy is also here to answer all of your burning fitness questions, so after putting your upper body to the test be sure to leave your questions in the comments for her to answer. For an introduction to Lucy and her expert background, check out her website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.
Now let’s get started! First, warm up so your body is limber for today’s exercises: tricep dips and side plank leg lifts. For best results, do three circuits, taking as little rest as possible between each move. Rest for 45 seconds after you’ve completed an entire circuit.
HIT THOSE TRICEPS…WITH TRICEP DIPS
Tricep dips are an effective exercise for toning your upper arms. Once you get the hang of them, try straightening your legs to make them harder.
1. Sit on the edge of your sofa and place your palms face down next to your thighs, fingers gripping the edge.
2. Place your feet on the floor in front of you with your knees bent.
3. Walk your feet forward so your hips and bottom are in front of the sofa, then bend your elbows and lower your hips until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
4. Push back to start, but don’t lock your elbows out.
NIP YOUR WAIST IN…WITH SIDE PLANK LEG LIFTS
This variation of the side plank targets your shoulders, waist, abs, back, outer thighs (saddle bags), and bottom.
It’s a harder variation than your usual side plank so you can always start by resting on your knee until you get stronger.
1. Place your right elbow on the ground and extend both legs out so that your body forms a straight line and you’re balancing on the outside edge of your right foot.
2. Keeping your spine lengthened and your abs engaged, lift your left leg up just higher than your top hip. Then slowly lower it back to your bottom leg.
3. Keep your waist up and lifted and don’t sink into your bottom shoulder.
Two new exercises will be unveiled each week, so make sure you check back next Monday for part 2.
In the meantime, have questions for Lucy about these exercises or anything else fitness-related? Post them below and she may answer in a follow-up blog post!