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Yesterday, I posted an article about getting going on a new workout plan. Are you ready? I am asking because this new plan is not just for me. This new plan is for anyone and everyone who would like to use it as an aid to improving their health.

Go drink some water. Do a warm up (you can march in place or use a piece of cardio equipment to raise your heart rate), then begin your workout. Today is upper body. We will be working out our chest, shoulders, back, biceps, and then triceps in that order.

Here is an example of what each body part does, and which exercises to perform. Article exert taken from: https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/upper-body-workout/

The 6 Upper Body Movements

In the most simple and basic sense, your upper body can really only do 6 things. It can push and pull horizontally, push and pull vertically, flex at the elbow, and extend at the elbow.

That means a proper upper body workout routine can contain (up to) 6 different exercises that target 6 different movement patterns and/or muscle groups. Here’s what I mean:

  • Horizontal Push: A horizontal pushing exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight out in front of you so that it’s traveling away from your torso horizontally. For example, most chest exercises (like the bench press) fit into this category.
  • Horizontal Pull: A horizontal pulling exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight in towards your torso horizontally from straight out in front of you. For example, most back rowing exercises (like bent over barbell/dumbbell rows) fit into this category.
  • Vertical Push: A vertical pushing exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight up vertically in relation to your torso so that it goes straight over head (or at least in that direction). For example, most shoulder exercises (like the overhead press) fit into this category.
  • Vertical Pull: A vertical pulling exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight down vertically in relation to your torso so that you’re pulling down from over head. For example, most back pulling exercises (like pull-ups/lat pull-downs) fit into this category.
  • Elbow Flexion: An elbow flexion exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight towards you by flexing at the elbow. For example, most biceps curling exercises (like barbell/dumbbell curls) fit into this category.
  • Elbow Extension: An elbow extension exercise is any weight training exercise that involves moving a weight away from you by extending at the elbow. For example, most triceps extension exercises (like cable press downs/laying barbell extensions) fit into this category.

You can track your caloric intake either by writing in a paper journal or online at a website such as, Sparkpeople.

Contact me if you have any questions. Good luck!

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