Summertime is fast approaching. The temperatures are rising, and the beach is starting to call thousands of tourists to its shores. We all know what this means; the gym is beginning to overflow with new members as well.
There are many reasons that we may not be able to get to the gym. For one, a good gym may be quite expensive. You also might be too busy to make your way over to the gym before closing hours.
We understand this and have taken the time to create a quick guide for toning that beach body at home. These at home upper body exercises will have you ready for a swimsuit summer in no time!
Push-ups have been a staple of every good upper body workout since the very beginning. Push-ups are the perfect toning upper body exercise. They work your pecs and upper arms by engaging those muscle groups. If you would like to see the complete list of muscle groups you are working during push-ups, check this out.
To begin with the perfect push up, let’s start by going down to the mat and placing our hands on the ground about shoulder-width apart. Make sure your hands are firmly planted.
Next, you will extend your legs keeping your toes dug into the mat for balance. Your back should be straight, and your core muscle group should be engaged throughout this next movement.
Lower your body towards the ground, keeping your core engaged while doing so. Bring your elbows to approximately a 90 degree or less if you are feeling comfortable. Then, raise your body back up until your elbows are locked.
Almost everyone has a love and hate relationship with burpees. They are great for your upper body, but exhausting. They are the perfect at home exercise.
To start this movement, begin by standing up straight. Next, you will squat down and place your hands flat out in front of you. Then, extend your legs into the push-up position.
There are a few variations on burpees, and if you feel like adding a bit more intensity, you can include a push up as well. After, bring your legs back up to a squat position and jump as high as you can with your arms in the air.
If you need help visualizing this challenging movement, you can see the burpee experts for assistance.
This is a straightforward exercise that you can do at home. It is perfect for getting that tricep burn. Since your tricep muscle group makes up the majority of the muscle in your arms, you will want to work it out so you can wear that tank top this summer.
Start by finding a low ledge surface. This could be the edge of your bed, a bathtub, or even your couch. Place your back to the ledge and your hands about shoulder width apart on it.
Then, with your heels on the floor, slowly lower yourself down until you almost touch the floor. Raise yourself up while keeping tension on the tricep. Repeat as many times as necessary.
The plank is perfect for toning up those arms and abs. It is also straightforward and comes loaded with plenty of variations. We will start with a basic forearm plank.
Lower yourself into the push-up position. Only this time, you will be resting on your forearms. Make sure you keep your back straight and your core completely engaged. Hold this position for as long as possible.
We know the gym can be expensive and overcrowded, so this quick start guide should give you all the tips that you need to get your summer body. This circuit exercise will have you sweating and burning calories in no time!