Fitness Expert’s Tip of the Month – May

Standing Breast Stroke with a Flex band

With spring here and summer around the corner, it’s time to add new challenges and bring new life to your workout. This move is a perfect complement to any weight or cardio session. You’ll strengthen your thighs, glutes, shoulders, and back muscles, all at the same time. The only prop you’ll need is a 6-8 foot Body or Flex Band.

The How To’s:

• Stand on your body band with your feet hip-distance apart, holding the ends of the band in your hands, with your arms by your sides.

• As you exhale, bend your knees and tilt your torso slightly forward from your hips. Keep your back straight and your tailbone pointed down. As you simultaneously reach your arms over your head (palms facing each other), make sure you keep your spine in a neutral position.

• Inhale and straighten your knees and hips as you simultaneously extend your arms out to your sides in a wide V (hands will be slightly higher than shoulder height) and then back by your sides while extending your spine.

Repeat this exercise for 5-10 repetitions and work up to 3 sets.

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