It is difficult for women to tone their upper body because their muscles in this area tend to be weaker. However there are exercises that can build and shape your upper body. An upper body exercise routine should work all of the muscle groups utilizing push and pull movements. These exercises can be done in one workout or on alternating days to save time in the gym.

Ive some some great moves that I love to do either at the gym or at home. Adding bursts of cardio in between sets is a sure way to burn more calories and get your heart rate up. When researching to find what worked for me the best, I narrowed it down to two or three of my favorite trainers Viktoria Telek, Jamie Eason, and Lisa-Marie from Bodyrock.tv. And of course I follow many other blogs for inspiration like, Carrots n cake, The Fitnessista, Sarah Fit, and many others

Here are some of my favorite excercises to lean up and strengthen while continuing to stay in the fat burning zone.

*Remember: Form is everything. Check yourself out in the mirror if you can and adjust your body to make sure your tummy is tight and that you are not hyperextending. Shoulders back and away from your ears and make sure you have got a good balanced starting point.

*I Freakin LOVE this workout!*

BEGIN:

You will need 3-4lb or 6-10 lb weights (you will not get BIG with a higher weight. Complete myth)

BEFORE EACH WORKOUT: 1 MIN CARDIO=5 burpees with a push up + 30 sec mountain climbers

1.Squat with a shoulder press / 15 reps

(1 min cardio)

2.Bicep curl foward lunge twisting to the side. Twist the same side as the leg you are lunging foward, come back up and bicep curl / 20 reps (10 each side)

(1 min cardio)

3.Backward lunge with lateral shoulder/arm raise ./ 20 reps alternating

(1 min cardio)

4.Dead lift with row / 15 reps

(1 min cardio)

5.Tricep kick back with single leg raise / 10 on each side

(1 min cardio)

6.Abs. Seated knees up “V” position (lean back a bit till you feel it in the core) weights at your knees. Open up one arm to one side while slightly leaning back into it / 10 reps each side

(1 min cardio)

REPEAT THIS SERIES 2-3 TIMES FOR BEST RESULTS!

 

Here’s A KILLER ONE I tried on my Lebert Equalizer!

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Try this one. My girlfriend Paloma, who is a cross-fit fanatic, sent this one over to me. It’s pretty bad-ass!

 

HERE’S A GREAT CHALLENGING WORKOUT IF YOU ARE FEELING UP FOR IT. ITS CRAZY!

I want to post videos ONLY that I’ve tried, so, this list will keep growing as well as my own versions:) Stay posted. Oh and PLEASE comment and share your ideas and workouts so that we can keep motivating each other! HOLLA!!!

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