Spinal Drape

Spinal Drape

The spinal drape lifts the hips and lengthens the lower back. Lie on your back in a straight line, balancing the left and right sides of your body. Rest the bolster on the sacrum closer to hips, not on the coccyx. Separate the legs 4-6″. Move upper arms away from side of chest, palms facing up. Exhale and relax into the stretch.

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Back Drape

Back Drape

The back drape is a good post-workout exercise to help cool you down. The bolster or rolled up towel provides support for your back to help you relax into the stretch. The purpose of the exercise is to stretch the mid back and chest and lower your body temperature. Lay back, relax and breath deeply.

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Ball Dumbbell Chest Press

Ball Dumbbell Chest Press

The dumbbell chest press performed on the ball is significantly more challenging than the barbell bench press. The ball forces you to stabilize your body while pressing the dumbbells. You are also using you glutes and hamstrings to maintain proper position on the ball. This exercise requires you to focus your attention on using proper technique which helps you get more out of the exercise.

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Band Shoulder Abduction -- Standing

Band Shoulder Abduction — Standing

The band shoulder adduction is used to strengthen the chest and lats. You can perform this exercise at home or at the gym with an elastic band or cable machine. This exercise is often performed to strengthen the shoulders and to regain mobility after surgery. As you progress on this exercise, select an elastic band with a high degree of tension for more resistance and added difficulty.

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Push-up test

Push-up test

The push up test is a way to test chest, shoulder, arm and core strength. To start, balance on your hands and knees with your body straight. The goal is to do as many as you can in one minute. Tests like this are a good way to see how fit you are now. When you do it again in the future it will show you how much progress you have made.

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Ball Dumbbell Supine Fly Unilateral

Ball Dumbbell Supine Fly Unilateral

The dumbbell supine fly performed on the ball is an advanced exercise requiring a strong core. By weighting the body on one side it forces you to work harder to stabilize the movement. The surface of the ball provides for more range of motion and therefore recruits more muscle to perform the action. If one side of you chest is stronger than the other this exercise can help even out development. Bodybuilders like to use this exercise as a “finishing” movement on their chest day.

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