This is an exercise that is more challenging than it looks, but the results you’ll get from it are well worth the work!
Sitting on the floor and holding a DB (8 – 15 lbs) in 1 hand just beside your chest, place feet wider than hip width apart and keep straight across from each other. Lift hips up until parallel to the floor, squeezing butt, hamstrings, and upper back. As you exhale press dumbbell straight up, squeezing chest. Inhale as you lower in a slow and controlled manner back down to your chest. Repeat for 10-12 repetitions per side.
Common mistakes are letting one side of your hips dip lower than the other, or letting both sides sag completely; sinking into the shoulder of the arm in contact with the floor – think of pushing yourself UP and AWAY from the floor; letting your arm flail all over the place – press straight up and down, keeping arm close to the body.
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