Fit Tip Thursday: How To Combine Upper and Lower Body Exercises
When it comes to exercise, we want to give you the greatest result in the shortest amount of time. One way to do that with strength training is to combine movements. Combo moves, combining upper and lower body exercises, allow you to sneak in an intense workout in less time. By flowing from one exercise to the next, you’ll be surprised at how well these combos deliver such a powerful, calorie-incinerating workout.
Watch as Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland teaches us how to combine upper and lower body exercises to get the biggest bang for our buck.
Squat + Side Raise
Grab a pair of SelectTech dumbbells, with palms facing inward at sides. Standing in a slightly wider than shoulder-width stance, perform a squat while raising dumbbells out to sides until they’re at shoulder level. Pause and lower back to starting position. Keep the motion controlled so that you avoid relying on momentum.
Overhead Shoulder Press
With feet shoulder distance apart and dumbbells next to shoulders, place one foot back behind you, keeping the heel raised. Bend at the knees at lower yourself toward the floor while pressing the dumbbells overhead. Try to keep your legs bent at a 90-degree angle at the bottom of your lunge.
Begin with a stance that is nice and wide, with toes pointing outward. Keeping your elbows close to the body and your palms facing forward, perform a squat while curling the weights until biceps are at shoulder level.
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