FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO INTRODUCING STRENGTH TRAINING INTO A FITNESS regimen there’s a simple but challenging exercise that could jump start that resolution. It could potentially be performed at work or school for a quick session during a break in the day’s action. A resistance band or tube is required, that can easily be stowed in a backpack or large purse.
Mary Anderson presents this exercise in a very brief shape.com article. It combines a static lower body exercise- a backward lunge - with two upper body moves – an overhead press with one arm and a bicep curl with the other- using a resistance band. The coordinated body action naturally tests balance.
The exercise, called a Static Lunge Shoulder Combo, is demonstrated by its creator, fitness professional Alexander Charles at the New York City Equinox gym. Charles shows how to make the move a bit easier to perform (regression) and how to step it up (progression) too.
Mastery of just this one exercise might motivate additional attempts to take on strength training later in the month. Resistance band/tube manufacturers generally include an exercise guide with their products when purchased as a set (different colors denote different strength levels). Exercises are can be found online as well. The Anderson article provides some explanation and links to more information about this equipment.
Now is a great time to experiment with new forms of exercise, fitness equipment, and routines that will fit busy fall schedules and increase the likelihood of following though on self-improvement promises.
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