3 exercises to strengthen your arms & core

opposite arm reach [livestrong]These exercises look to tone shoulders, back , chest and arms to give you the ability to look fabulous in that new sleeveless dress that you bought!

1. T- Raise

Stand with your feet hip width apart, hold a set of hand weights at your hips. Bend your knees and bring your torso to be parallel to the ground. Engage your core. Lift the weights to shoulder height with your arms out straight – forming the T. Draw your shoulder blades together and bring the weights back to the starting position – repeat at least 10 times.

2. Triceps Push-up to Mountain Climber

Perform a straight arm plank, bend both arms as you bring your chest towards the floor, press back up to plank. Draw your right knee in towards your chest and back to centre, repeat with your left leg – repeat at least 10 times.

3. Opposite arm & leg reach

Straight arm plank, engage your legs and core. Once you are steady, lift your right arm to shoulder height, and lift your left leg to hip height. Hold, gently lower and come back to centre. Repeat with your opposite side. Maintain control and repeat 10 times.  If you are struggling to maintain control drop one the other knee as you lift – see photo.

Exercise descriptions: Nora Tobin 2014

Picture: Livestrong.com; shape.com

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