DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS UPPER BODY WORKOUT created and demonstrated in a video by Mike Donavanik. The frequent contributor to SHAPE.com directs his comments at women and promises the session will help to streamline the torso, leading to a lovelier, bulge-free view from behind.
Most components of this workout, which Donavanik performs over the entire 10 minutes it was designed to be worked, have been part of routines prescribed to me for the purpose of improving strength for running, not for achieving a better-looking physique. And the persons pictured demonstrating the exercises were nearly always male runners.
This workout is not just for women hoping to look better. Check out the video to discover one or more new exercises that might be worth incorporating into an existing line-up. Or add Donavanik’s total workout to your list of strength routines; it’s a ready-made session of complex moves designed to build power in the lower and upper back, shoulders, and posterior chain muscles. Some, especially those performed on one leg or that twist the torso may be more difficult because balance is tested too.
My favorites, in the list below, include the Deadlift to Row, Single leg Romanian Dead Lift + Row, Bodyweight I-T-Y, and Super Duper Superman. The remaining exercise are rather difficult for me, which means I really need to work on the muscles involved and possible use lower weights and find slightly easier variations before attempting the harder versions.
Deadlift to Row
Single leg Romanian Dead Lift + Row
Good Morning + Horizontal Press
Alternating Plank Row Press
Downward Dog Row
Super Duper Superman
Donavanik can seem a bit silly at times, but his routine is not.
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