Last week I posted a lower body warm-up that will change your life and your legs. This week I want to go over what an appropriate upper body warm-up looks like.
I will admit that I used to be horrible at warming up before an upper body workout. However, about three months ago I changed that about myself and started doing a warm-up like the one you will see below. Doing this warm-up has changed my arms. I feel stronger. I look leaner. And I am more confident in a tank top.
Upper body warm-ups are especially important because you can use them to engage specific muscles. All day we are using our arms to pick things up, to drive, to work, etc. We are not using all of our upper body muscles though. Your back is often neglected as well as other small muscles in the arms.
If you hop into a back workout without doing a warm-up beforehand, you will likely struggle to feel your back in each exercise. Chances are you will feel your biceps and your neck. Now if you take a few minutes to stretch out your neck and arms and activate your back before picking up any weights, you will actually feel the right muscles!
A good warm-up will control how effective the workout is. I always tell my clients that if they are not feeling the right muscles, they are not working the right muscles. If you can fire up the right muscles before you even begin your first exercise, you have set yourself up for success.
The video below will also take you through the posture-improving exercises. I have posted several posture-improving workouts on the MFit YouTube channel, so if posture is something you struggle with I recommend checking out those videos in addition to the one below.