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Upper-Body Builders

Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 2
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 3
Exercise 3

Exercise 1

Step 1/3

Stand with feet parallel, hip-width apart. Wrap the ends of a resistance band around hands and open arms to second position, stretching the band across shoulder blades.

Exercise 1

Step 2/3

Slowly close arms in front of you, keeping them rounded.

Exercise 1

Step 3/3

Return to the starting position. Do two sets of 10 reps.
 
Tip: Don’t straighten or lock elbows.

Exercise 2

Step 1/3

Keep the resistance band stretched across your shoulder blades. Lunge slightly while bending your arms at the elbows and placing your hands in front of your forehead, palms facing out.

Exercise 2

Step 2/3

Straighten arms, pushing the ends of the resistance band up diagonally.

Exercise 2

Step 3/3

Return to the starting position. Do two sets of 10 reps.

Tip: Keep your shoulders down.

Exercise 3

Step 1/3

Lie with a large balance ball under your stomach, extend your legs and place your feet flat against a wall. With a weight in each hand, extend your arms in a downward diagonal, holding your hands just above the ground.

Exercise 3

Step 2/3

Keep your back straight and engage your abdominals as you raise your arms, thumbs first, out to the sides.

Exercise 3

Step 3/3

Return to the starting position. Do two sets of 10 reps.

About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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