Last night was my first time on a radio show and I was nervous but excited to discuss my expertise and divulge my plan for helping Maureen increase her upper body strength. Maureen is smart, funny and engaging and I felt immediately at ease in her presence. Maureen asked me to provide my best tip for beginning an exercise program for her listeners and here is my advice:
A. Determine where you are starting from, and
B. Define a clear goal.
Then get a fitness professional to write the plan that will take you from A to B.
The Workout Program
1. Horizontal Pressing (i.e. push up)
2. Horizontal Pulling (i.e. dumbbell row)
3. Vertical Pressing (i.e. overhead press)
4. Vertical Pulling (i.e. pull up or chin up)
By using these guidelines, I will ensure that she gains strength in a balanced way, without neglecting any part of her upper body.
To complement her upper body training, I will include a reasonable amount of core work, which will enhance her performance when playing tennis, hiking and swimming. Core work is also important to maintain good posture and avoid issues such as back pain.
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