Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tighten + Tone Tuesday

This Tighten + Tone Tuesday we're sharing a shoulder exercise.  We've focused on some exercises in the past that target the shoulders as supporting muscles (like the push-up), however, today the shoulders get to shine! Find a lighter pair of dumbbells and check your front shoulder raise form with our tips today.

Step One: Stand with your palms facing the back of your body and a light pair of dumbbells at your sides.  Lightly bend your knees and tighten your abs so your body will be stable throughout the movement.  Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart.

Step Two: Exhale and slowly raise your weights in front of your body until they are parallel to the floor (even with your shoulders). Pause briefly.

Step Three: Slowly return the weights to your starting position as you inhale.

Repeat this exercise for 10-15 repetitions. If you can do more that 15 reps, increase the weight.  If you are in between weights, you can bend slightly at the elbows to make the exercise easier for a given weight.  

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