Compound exercises are a great way to elevate the heartrate and recruit several muscles simulaneously. This back lunge/single hammer curl combo is sure to ignite your quadriceps, biceps, and glutes — and don’t forget the core, which you need to stabilize.
One of my favorite exercises this week came with my legs and shoulders split on Sunday. I finished my workout with some kneeling squats and internally-rotated bent front shoulder raises. This brought a fantastic burn. The rest of the split was also very good, with some curtsy squats, overhead press (not shown), goblet squats (not shown), clamshells, glute extensions, upright rows, and a tri-series of shoulder raises.
The workout lasted about 45 minutes.
Posting my workouts again feels good; it keeps me motivated and inspired. Enjoy!
Adding this alternating dynamic into a classic dumbbell chest press kicked up this exercise quite a bit. You have to do more stabilizing in the core. You will also feel the flexion in each arm a bit more because you have to deal with balancing the motion.
Check your elbows and do not dip them below your shoulder height or the top of the bench (if you’re using a bench)
You can do this exercise lying on the floor — that assures that your elbows do not dip down too low!
Go heavy! Make sure that your weight amount is appropriate for your actual strength. After a set, you should feel the burn
This morning’s Core Commitment class went well! It was my first virtual fitness class since I was sick yesterday for the grand opening — I know, right?!
There were a few tech problems during the class, which were frustrating. But after that was fixed, the class was smooth. I can still feel the burn in my abs and thighs and glutes as I type this post!
Standing Focus on the core
Today’s WOD is a Goddess Squat with DB Goalpost Side Bends. This standing core exercise primarily targets the transverse abdominus and the internal and external obliques. You need to engage your pelvic floor as well. The quadriceps and glutes and shoulders get a little pick-me-up with this exercise as they stabilize your body in the correct position.
Do the Exercise
Get deep into a wide-legged goddess squat. Be sure that your knees and toes face the same direction. Hold this posture throughout the exercise!
Lift arms into a “goalpost” position with elbows bent and palms facing forward. Try to keep elbows raised to shoulder height!
Keeping your hips still, bend to one side aiming one bent elbow toward the hip bone. Use the core muscles to stabilize the upper body.
For added intensity, reach the top arm overhead as you bend.