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A few weeks ago I was contacted via twitter by Maureen McGrath Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Sex Show, a live listener call-in radio show about sex, health and relationships.
 
We got on the phone and connected immediately. Maureen was interested in improving her upper body strength since her main methods of exercise focused on lower body; hiking, tennis, skiing and running. She invited me on the CKNW Sunday Night Sex Show to discuss strength training and it's benefits and hopefully inspire some listeners to get moving!  What inspired Maureen was a report she reviewed in the Lancet Medical Journal that predicts about "one in five adults worldwide will have obesity by 2025" if current trends continue. One of those trends is a sedentary lifestyle. 

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

I will be using a variety of upper body movements to get Maureen the results she's looking for. The focus will be on the movements from these 4 different categories:

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.

 
 
Radio On A Table

 
 
I look forward to working with Maureen and sharing tips on the air every Sunday for the next 12 weeks. You can tune into the show here or go to http://www.cknw.com and hit "listen live" Sundays from 8-10 pm.

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And if just like Maureen you want to build strength under the guidance of a professional, be sure to contact me for a free consult.

Sean is a personal trainer and strength coach who loves teaching beginners how to safely get stronger in the gym. He lives in Vancouver BC with his wife Lynne, and their children. Sean has a keen eye for good movement and encourages a positive lifestyle to support good training results.

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