Shoulders - 3 Simple Exercises
eDiets - The online diet, fitness, and healthy living resourceWhen you think of a fit and firm figure, the last body part
that comes to mind may very well be your shoulders. According to 50-something
fitness phenom Joyce Vedral, most out-of-shape women and men strive for fab
abs, a buff butt and terrific thighs, but shrug off upper body
improvements. Vedral says its sleek, sexy shoulders that give us the athletic
appearance that'll leave friends, family and acquaintances wondering,
How did you get in such great shape?
Unless its on an organized
plan, most people dont work the shoulders, Vedral tells eDiets.
Most people dont think the shoulders are important at all.
Theyre thinking about the hips, butt, abs and... once in a while,
triceps. They dont think about the shoulders, yet the shoulders are what
gives the body beautiful shape. They are the first things people see when you
have on a sleeveless dress.
If you have sculpted shoulders,
youll look like youre in shape even if your lower body is
Over the years, Vedral has developed
tried-and-true techniques for sculpting sexy shoulders. She's here to share her
workout wisdom from her Non-Stop video with readers everywhere. Vedral,
who believe it or not is fast approaching 60, is president of an exercise
empire that includes more than 14 fitness books and 20 videos. More
importantly, shes also a client.
Vedral practices what she preaches -- her
sexy body is the proof. The 59-year-old fitness fanatic barely looks a day over
45. Her fountain of youth is fitness... fitness... and more fitness.
It isnt simply the eye-pleasing
aesthetics that count.
It may come as a surprise to you, but
well-sculpted shoulders pull the eye up and away from a world of other faults
-- such as big thighs, wide hips or that bulging belly," Vedral notes. "The
shoulders add that finished look to the symmetry of the body.
An additional bonus to exercising
your shoulders is practical strength for daily life tasks such as lifting,
opening heavy doors, carrying items and so on. The good news is the shoulders
respond more quickly to even a small amount of exercise than do most other body
Those arent the only reasons you
should be focusing on your upper body. Vedral says putting "mini muscles" under
the skin boosts your metabolism. A fine-tuned body will burn calories and fat
even while you sleep!
Ready to get started on sexier shoulders
today? Employ these three exercises and Vedral says youll begin to see
results in weeks.
NOTE: Using your lightest weight, do 12
reps of each exercise without resting. Once you have completed the superset,
rest 15 seconds, then move on to the middle weight. Perform 10 reps of each
exercise without resting. When you have completed all three exercises, rest 15
seconds. Finally, do 8 reps of each exercise using your heaviest weight.
Alternate Front Raise
Works the front shoulder muscles.
with your feet a natural width apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms
facing your body, and extend your arms straight down in front of you (so that
the dumbbells are touching the center of your upper thighs). Flexing your
shoulder muscles, lock your elbows and extend one arm upward until it is
parallel to the floor. As you begin returning your arm to its start position,
raise your other arm until it is parallel to the floor. Continue to work in
this manner until you have completed your set.
Seated Bent Lateral
Works the rear and side shoulder muscles.
Sit at the edge of a flat exercise bench, holding a dumbbell in each hand,
palms facing each other. Bend over until your upper body is parallel to the
floor (your chest should be resting upon your thigh muscles). Extend your arms
straight down and touch the dumbbells together under your thighs. Flexing your
shoulder muscles and keeping your upper body down, extend your arms outward
until they are nearly parallel to the floor (your elbows will be slightly bent
in this position). Return to the start and repeat the movement until you have
completed your set.
Pee Wee Lateral
Works the rear and side shoulder muscles.
Stand with your feet together. Rise up on the toes of one foot. Grip a dumbbell
in each hand and place your arms behind your back, palms facing away from your
body. The end of the dumbbells should be touching each other. Bend at the knees
and thrust your hips forward. Flexing your shoulder muscles as you work, extend
your arms outward and upward until the ends of the dumbbell reach ear height
and are at arms length on either side. Return to start position and repeat the
movement until you have completed your set.
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