Monday, May 23, 2011

Weight it out

Move that body: Upper body session in front of “GMA” and 2.15-mile walk with Denali

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for one of three vouchers for a free pair of Old Navy active wear pants. Even if you don’t like them for real exercising, who doesn’t need a pair of yoga pants for lounging?!?

For the past two weeks, I’ve only managed to fit in one session with the free weights per week. I wouldn’t be so bummed about it if I had a good reason … but I don’t. Sure, I could blame being tired or the fact that I don’t have Exercise TV in our new cable-free house or I could blame Denali because, well, it’s fun.

The blame game gets ya nowhere quick, though, and after seeing photos from that August wedding, I set my mind to doing more this week. I woke up, “enjoyed” a bowl of Raisin Bran, rested my aching back for a few and then got to work.

I did one round of the following exercises with 5-pound weights, just going for one minute and then transitioning to the next exercise. For the second round, I switched to 10-pound weights and did 8 reps.

  • Hammer curl with overhead press
  • Tricep kickback
  • Row
  • Alternating lateral raise
  • Wide-grip bicep curl
  • Tricep extension
  • Alternating front raise
  • Bicep curl
  • Tricep extension
  • Wall push-up

It took about 20 minutes to finish the two rounds, and I was glad to really hit my shoulders, triceps and biceps. I’d like to do more for my back but I don’t know of my exercises that would be comfortable for me right now. Any suggestions?

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. Of course I don't know the name and its possible you already did it but ....

    Hold a weight in each hand. Bend over slightly at the waiste. Keep knees bent. Raise arms at same time and pull up and squeeze your upper back muscles (lats?). Lower arms. Repeat.

    The only other ones I really know you have to lay on your belly or use the back machine at the gym.

    Sorry I can't think of anything else. Maybe Dr. Google can help you!

  2. Indeed Holly's got a good suggestion. Reverse flys is what I call that. It'll make you have sexy back muscles for running tank tops . . .and strong baby carrying around muscles too :)

  3. I thought of another one for you. If you are up to it.....

    Basically it's like you are acting like you are picking something up and it will strengthen your lower back.

    I use one weight in each hand. Bend at the waist as far as you can. I try to almost touch the ground with the weight. Keep the hand palms facing your body. Keep your back straight and stand back up. Repeat. I keep the knees slightly, slightly bent.

    It would probably help you get ready for picking that toddler off the ground after he is playing!