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Day 14: Building Upper Body Strength for a balanced & lean body

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: All Levels

Focus :   

Building upper body strength is our focus today, from shoulders to biceps, triceps, lats, anterior serratus, obliques and shoulder supporting muscles. From deltoid raises to tricep dips, planks to push ups. Strengthen wrists, postural muscles, even relieve undue tensions in the upper traps. The weights along with the combined resistance of the Reformer will provide the ultimate challenge today to building that upper body strength. Hopefully you are noticing more endurance in each of these exercises this week, we’ll continue building upon the strength we have been gaining.

Remember the building of lean muscle is largely what helps in burning fat even during rest periods. This is why our program focuses on both types of training. Using the Reformer with its resistance and the weights together will maximize all our work.

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and 1 heavier set of dumbbells/hand weights. (The box is pictured in this video but not used during the workout, you do not need it).

Class Level :     

ALL levels. Class is taught at an Intermediate level, however suggestions for modifications are given. These classes are meant for everyone no matter your fitness level, you can customize it to you and push yourself. Just listen to your body and give yourself the modifications you need in order to progress in your fitness level. Never push too hard too fast.

The Course of this Class :   

We start with arms swings and move right into single leg plank push ups! Quadruped posterior chain opposites moves into side single arm raises. Then, facing the risers with all sorts of lat and posterior deltoid pulls and pushes. Next, stand it up and continue working those posterior delts. Tricep dips lifted sees us to the finish line with an advanced plank challenge. Check the recap at the very beginning of the video to give you a quick glance at what is up! You should continue to see progression in your planks, more stamina to stay in the position longer as well as better form each time. If you struggle with a weak upper back, or even a tight upper back, class today will help with all of that.

Today was a full workout, as we progress in our program it is going to be important your rest time also, so don’t overdo. There are suggestions written below for other upper body workouts you can favorite to try later, but if you do more today consider cardio mat from day 5 or 12 below, otherwise stretch! See you tomorrow!

Goals :     

Stronger shoulders, arms, upper back and entire upper body. Balanced musculature. Lean muscle tone. Sculpt, shape and definition. Increased confidence in planks and inversions. Better muscle definition. Fat loss. Transform strength and fitness. Improve upon alignment and form during practice. Alternate daily workouts to finish the week with full body focus. See and feel actual progressions. Achieve your goals whether to improve strength, posture, burn fat and calories. Have fun 😉!

Next up : 

Cardio day.

Other fit challenges you may like :   


Add a Cardio workout onto today :

Day 12: This Weighted Cardio Workout packs a punch, Day 5: Low-Impact Cardio at-Home, Sweat it to Shred it

More Upper Body Reformer classes you may like :   

Day 1: Upper Body Strength Training, Trim & Tone, Arms & Abs Strong “Reformer Every Day” MONDAY, Upper Body Reformer Fit Workout: Arms & Abs Kicker 💪🏼, Arms & Abs Workout Burn & Firm Reformer Live Replay, Superwoman Sculpt Arms & Abs, Fun & Fabulous Abs & Arms

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