Home Workout, Hot Body - Part 3

by: Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
www.myFitterU.com

 

Today's home workout is something I literally came up with as I was scratching my back. Honestly! I was scratching my back with the handles of my resistance band of all things then I thought, "hold on, there's a great upper back exercise to be had here." And that's where the Y Squat originated (at least for me).

In Part 3 of the "Home Workout, Hot Body" series, I'm going to show you 2 great exercises that target both the legs and upper back, making them terrific full body workouts. This is entire workout should take only 6 minutes and if you do it properly your legs and upper back muscles will be on fire. But that's good. After all, the upper back is most often a point of weakness in most people and it's one of the reasons why so many people have poor posture. But not anymore after this workout.

All you'll need for this quick home workout is a resistance band and something to step on to such as a bed, box, step, or anything else. In the video, I use the frame of my bed.

Here are the 2 exercises for this workout:

1. Y Squats - hold the resistance between your outstretched and behind your head (ie. should look like a Y). The goal is to squeeze your shoulder blades together while keeping your arms strong and fully engaged as you descend into your squat. This actually resembles an Olympic lifting movement known as the "overhead squat".

2. Y Step-Ups - same set-up with the arms but this time you'll be stepping up onto an elevated platform. To make this more challenging don't allow your foot to touch the floor as you lower your body.

How about I stop talking and you can just watch the video to see what they look like? Enjoy:

 

 

Home Workout, Hot Body - Part 1

Home Workout, Hot Body - Part 2

 

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