Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Exercise of the Week: Side Lunge with Upright Row

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If you've been following the Exercise of the Week since the last time I wrote, you should have experienced some great workouts in the pool. If you'll recall, last week I highlighted the breast stroke, one that is fairly easy to perform, but requires a great deal of effort. Well, you can finally towel off -- because this week we're getting back into the gym. Still, don't expect to stay dry; because you're going to do more than your share of sweating!!

Some of the best fat-burning and muscle-building exercises are those that combine several movements into one. The squat-press is probably one of the well-known of said movements. And while you may very well want to add that exercise to your routine, I'm instead going to focus on a different multi-muscle movement: the Side Lunge with Upright Row. Although it doesn't have a fancy combo name like squat-press, the results can be just as impressive.

To perform this exercise, start by holding a dumbell in each hand with your palms facing in. Next, take a big step to the right side with your right foot. As you do, bend your right knee approximately 90 degrees and keep it in line with your toes. As you do this, try to keep your left leg as straight as you can. Now, this is where it really gets good and difficult -- as you lower your body to the side by bending your knee, lift your elbows until the dumbells are just below your chin. As you then press off from your foot and return your leg to the original position, slowly lower the dumbells. Continue by next going to the left leg, then back to the right, and so on and so forth. For a very good demonstration, click Here.

Compound movements of this kind are a great way to ignite your metabolism and jump-start your muscles. I'll be sure to show you a few more like it in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, feel the burn, baby!!

Note: The content presented in this post is for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor or fitness professional before starting a physical fitness program.

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