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Tips for Achieving Better Upper Body strength by Justina Triasovaite

Hello, dears!

Today I´m pleased to introduce you a new blogger and friend, Justina Triasovaite. She is a certified female personal trainer and also runs justinatraining.com, a site with useful information for those who are interested in general fitness and body transformation. A committed health and fitness fanatic, Justina is very passionate about helping people transform their lives.

London based, she´s offering first class free with each package! If you live in London, you shouldn´t miss this opportunity.

Without further delay, I let you read her refreshing tips. Enjoy!

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This article will reveal what it takes to build up strength in your upper body, including your shoulders, arms, chest, back, and core.

No matter where you choose to train – at the gym, in the park or in your own home, there are a lot of useful tips provided in this article that can be beneficial for building your upper body strength.

Ok, let’s get started!

Home and/or Park: A Great Start!

Have you ever thought of improving your upper body strength right in your own home, right in your terrace or garden, for example? There are different ways of getting stronger and it doesn’t necessarily require you to go out to the gym – just get started right at home or in any suitable park. In my opinion, the best place to train during spring-summer months would be outside – in a park or in your own home, maybe in the garden area. Fewer excuses and more exercise!

1) Best Exercises for Getting Stronger Upper Body at Home or Park 

  • PRESS UPS

Press ups involve the majority of upper body muscles, which is great if you are trying to strengthen your upper body. What is more, these exercises improve your posture, enhance your cardiovascular system and help to prevent lower back injuries. Press ups do not require any additional equipment so you can do it right in the middle of your living room or terrace.

  • DIPS

Dips are isolation exercises that work miracles for strengthening your arms and gaining powerful and defined triceps. They can be performed at the gym on a special machine or simply at home using a chair or a bed frame. Although I think it is much more fun to do your dips outside – just find the right spot (e.g. a bench). Try this out today!

  • PULL UPS

Pull up exercises are compound movements which add strength to the whole back and arms. Nobody says they’re easy, but what you gain is most definitely worth it: by doing pull ups, several large muscle groups (back, arms and shoulders) work simultaneously. What I love about these exercises the most is that they don’t require expensive equipment – you can order a pull-up bar online and hang it above your door frame. Time to get thinking about this.

  • RESISTANCE BANDS

Resistance bands are amazing tools for working out at home with your own body weight with a goal of strengthening various muscle groups in your body, including your upper body. Most of these bands come with a special hook which allows using them on your door without damaging it. It should also come with thorough instruction regarding all of the exercises you can perform using these bands. Easy and fun!

2. Best Exercises for Getting Stronger Upper Body at the Gym

Say hello to the rowing machine as soon as you enter the gym, as this is the best exercise you can do to strengthen your upper body and build a great back. It doesn’t really matter which kind of rowing machine you choose – seated, standing, assisted, or single arm rowing – the benefits of these type of exercise for building a strong upper body are simply undeniable.

Another great exercise I highly recommend trying out is a shoulder press – machine, free weights, barbell or dumbbells – everything goes when we are talking about those beautiful and strong shoulders.

Don’t forget that a strong chest is the key to a strong upper body, so the chest press should become one of your favorite exercises as well. Choose a bench or a machine, dumbbells or bar – everything is suitable for your goal as long as you perform the exercises correctly.

And last, but definitely not least, a must exercise for everyone – pull down or pull ups. Pull down is a great machine for beginners if they want to build up their back strength and move on to pull-ups. Pull ups and chin ups work miraculously in building the so-called “triangle back”, which is often part of my clients’ wish list!

3) General Tips for Upper Body Strength

  • Carry the shopping bags yourself. This simple activity can highly influence the strength of your upper body. Forget shopping online: carrying your purchases daily will be a great exercise for your upper body and will also help you improve in the exercising field.
  • Get involved! Play outdoor games which put resistance onto your upper body – basketball, netball, tennis, badminton. This is a fun and easy way to build strength in your upper body.
  • Include Isometric Contractions (also called isometric exercises or isometrics). These are the type of exercises, in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. These exercises are well known for making your upper body muscles stronger. One tip – try holding a pillow right in front of you while keeping your arms straight… Not so easy, right? ☺ Try it for a couple of days and increase your holding time gradually – you will see how much stronger you will feel in a relatively short period of time.
  • Don’t forget the core! The strength of your upper body highly depends on the strength of your core, so don’t forget to include a variety of exercises that help to strengthen the muscles of your core. My favorite core exercises are various variations of the plank as well as leg raises – these work best for strengthening core muscles. Tip: always add one or two exercises that help to strengthen the core at the end of your training sessions.

Continuous Hard Work Pays Off!

To sum up, continuous hard work and the right choice of exercises definitely pays off, leading to a well-trained upper body, built up strength and an improved physique.

There is no need to invest in expensive machines or training equipment: there are plenty of exercises available that require only your own body strength. Easy!

Even your everyday activities, such as carrying the shopping bags, can strengthen your upper body, so definitely no excuses!

 

 

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Resistance Bands Preacher Curls

There is an easy way to imitate a preacher curl with resistance bands. You shouldn´t skip preacher curls if you want big biceps.

Anchor the band at the bottom of the door, and sit on your mat, away from the door.

Grab one handle with each hand, and bend your knees 90 degrees. Place your elbows on your shins, keeping your spine straight.

Exhale. Bend your elbows, raising your hands toward the front of your shoulders in a slow and controlled manner. Keep your spine straight and the wrists in neutral position. Do not allow the shoulders to shrug, the back to arch or sway or the elbows to move forward throughout the movement.

Inhale. Straighten the elbows and lower your hands back to your start position.


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Resistance Bands Overhead Triceps Extension

This is a great exercise for your triceps.

Anchor your band at the top of the door. Stand with your back to the door. Grab one handle with each hand and move away from the door until you feel the tension in the band. Lunge forward with one leg. Keep your chest up, back and head straight.

Position your arms so that your hands are at the back of your head, palms facing in, and your elbows facing forward.

Exhale and contract the triceps, extending your elbows, until your hands are at eye level and your arms are straight.

Inhale and gently return to starting position. Repeat.

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Standing Biceps Curl Reverse Grip with Resistance Bands

The Reverse Curl works a muscle in the arms that is not particularly visible: the brachialis (located on the lower aspect of the upper arm, just below the bicep muscle). Not being visible often translates into not being important in the eyes of many trainers.

But for the lifter in search of bigger arms, the Reverse Curl is a KEY exercise. Want to know what a well-developed brachialis muscle does? It pushes the peak of the biceps up higher, making for a more dramatic flex and an overall bigger arm!

So if Reverse Curls aren’t a part of your routine, it’s time to take another look at this neglected exercise.

Stand on the band, hips width apart. Grab a handle in each hand and stand up straight. Contract your abs, bracing your torso. Pull your shoulder blades down and back. Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine. Do not allow the back to arch. Maintain these engagements throughout the exercise. Start with your arms straight down with palms facing backward, and elbows tight to your sides.

Exhale. Slowly bend both elbows in a full range movement. Do not allow the elbows to move forward. Keep the palms facing backward and your wrists straight without any bend. Do not allow the shoulders to shrug.

Inhale. Gently straighten the elbows and lower the handles back to your starting position. Repeat.


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Triceps dips

The triceps dip is an excellent exercise for toning your arms. It can be performed almost anywhere.

Put your hands shoulder-width apart on a secured bench or stable chair, fingers facing forward and elbows pointing backward with a slight bend in the elbows.With your legs extended out in front of you, slide your butt off the front of the bench.

Inhale and slowly bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the bench.

Once you reach the bottom of the movement, exhale and press down into the bench to straighten your elbows, returning to the starting position.


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Twisting standing dumbbell biceps curl

You can build your biceps by doing curls while standing or seated, and with a variety of tools. The twisting standing dumbbell curl features an extra movement to help give you the biceps you want. This exercise engages the forearms as well as the biceps. In addition to creating balance in the upper and lower arm, this exercise improves wrist mobility.

Stand straight and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Let your arms hang by your sides with the palms facing your body.

Exhale and bend your elbow to raise the dumbbell toward your shoulders. Rotate your forearms as the weights ascend so your palm faces your shoulder at the peak of your movement. Keep the elbow close to your side and the upper arm as still as possible.

Inhale, lower the dumbbell to the starting position slowly. Rotate your forearms in reverse so your palms again face your body when your arms are extended downward. Repeat with the other hand.


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Stability ball Push ups

The stability ball pushup is an advanced progression of the traditional pushup that strengthens the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Performing the exercise on the stability ball, an unstable surface engages the core throughout the entire range of motion.

Lie  face down on the floor and place your hands  apart from each other holding your torso up at arms length. Place your toes on top of the exercise ball.

Inhale and lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor. Keep your body straight.

Exhale and press your body back up to the starting position, using your pectoral muscles. Repeat.


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Standing Biceps Curl with resistance bands

A good exercise to isolate your biceps.

Anchor the band to the door with the door anchor over your head.

Facing the door grip a handle in each hand and stand about 3 to 4 feet away from the door. Keep your back straight, abs engaged, head aligned and a slight bend in your knees. Position your arms so that they are straight, pointed towards the door anchor with palms up.

Exhale and pull the handles and bend your elbows until your hands are almost touching your face. Keep your upper arms parallel with the floor throughout the movement.

Inhale and gently return to starting position. Repeat.


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Triceps Pushdowns

This exercise is basic to work your triceps. At home, we use the resistance bands instead the cable machine.

Stand facing the cable machine. Position the cable attachment at a height above your head. Attach the handle or rope and grasp it firmly. Position your feet hip-width apart. Brace your abs to stabilize your spine. Keep your torso aligned and pull your shoulder blades back and down.

Exhale and straighten your elbows, pressing the handle/rope down toward the floor in a slow and controlled manner.

Continue pressing until your elbows are straight but not locked. Pause briefly.

Inhale and bend your elbows to start position. Stop the movement when the elbows begin to drift forward. Repeat.


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Standing Dumbbell Triceps Overhead Extension

 

This exercise is very famous and really good for your triceps. You only need a dumbbell or resistance band.
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Stand in a split-stance position holding a dumbbell with one hand. Contract your abdominal muscles and maintain it throughout the exercise. Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine.
Exhale and press the dumbbell overhead. Your elbow is pointing to the ceiling and it´s straight but not locked. Maintain your balance. So, don´t change the position of your head, torso, or feet.
Inhale as you bend your elbow in a slow and controlled way, lowering the dumbbell behind your head. Do not allow the upper arms to move. Continue to bend the elbows until your upper arms begin to move backward. Be careful with the back of your head.
Repeat.
Try to keep your upper arms perpendicular to the floor throughout the exercise and your elbows shoulder-width apart.


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