Fitness: Don’t Neglect Your Shoulders

I always struggle with that frustrating “back fat” that seems impossible to get rid of… sounds like I’ll be giving this a try!

I’ve never heard a woman complain about having fat shoulders. Compared to flabby abs, jiggly thighs and sagging arms, the shoulders are low priority – and that’s why most people skip shoulder exercises. 

But here’s why you should stop neglecting your shoulders, starting today: Newly flexed muscles will seemingly form fast (trust me, you’ll notice the muscle’s contours!), while overtraining the same muscles every day will result in little or no muscle gain. So take a break from your same-old crunches and curls and try this Reverse Lateral. You will strengthen and tone the shoulder (and upper back) muscles you never knew you had! 

Step 1: Hold a pair of dumbbells and sit on the ball with your back straight and your abs tight. Extend your arms over your head with a slight bend in the elbows, palms facing each other. 

Step 2:
 Breathe slowly as you lower the weights down and out to your sides for a count of 10, keeping the palms up the entire movement. 

Step 3:
 Hold for 2 seconds at the maximum tension point, where your arms are parallel to the ground. 

Step 4: Return to the starting point through a count of 10 seconds. 

Step 5:
 Repeat three times without resting.