Strength training comes with a wide variety of benefits that a lot of people find appealing. It can help you burn fat, improve your balance and coordination, help you sleep, and build your muscle mass. With all these benefits in mind, it’s crucial to incorporate strength training into your life at any age. Here are some exercises you can do at home or in the gym to gain more muscle:
The lateral raise is a great strength training exercise that works on your shoulder muscles as well as your triceps. To begin, grab a pair of CanDo® Dumbbells that you are comfortable with using. Stand with each dumbbell at your side and parallel to the floor. Then, raise both dumbbells out to your side, where your arms are parallel to the floor. Bring the sides of your shoulders to the top and making sure you stand with your chest tall, and your head slightly tilted back. Then, lower the weights back to starting position. Maintaining tension in your shoulders the entire time. Do this for 15 reps.
Overhead Triceps Extensions
The overhead triceps extensions are an excellent exercise that builds and shapes the upper posterior arm muscles. To begin, grab a CanDo® Dumbbell that you are comfortable with using. Then, hold the dumbbell over and behind your head. Then, bend your elbows and lower the weight slowly, so that you are getting a nice triceps stretch at the bottom. Once at the bottom, extend your arms back up, flexing your triceps at the top to starting position. Do this for 10 to 12 reps.
Stability Ball Stir-the-Pot
If you are tired of lifting weights and want something a bit more fun and bouncy, then Stir-the-Pot may be right for you. It is essentially a moving plank exercise that works on your the pelvic, abdominal, and low back muscles. To begin, grab a CanDo® Inflatable Exercise Ball that you are comfortable with using. Then, get into a plank position by placing your forearms on the ball and extending your feet. Then, move the ball in a counterclockwise motion, then clockwise, and finally a forward and back motion. Making sure that your torso stays completely straight while you are maintaining tension in your abs. Do this for 8 to 10 reps in each direction.
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Article written by William Graves.