Bringing sexy back

If you’re showing off your back in a backless dress, you’ll want to add these exercises to your workout routine.
May 15, 2014 | Emily Sparrow

What are some exercises I can do for a sexy back?

A strong back is one that is lean and allows you to look your best in the most revealing of dresses. Having strong muscles in your back helps to pull your shoulders down and back so that you stand tall and straight instead of hunched over. Back muscles are typically used in our day to day activity which is why it’s important to include some exercises in your workout routine. Here are a few exercises you can do at home without any equipment:

Floor Y Raise: (1) Lie face down on the floor. Allow your arms to rest on the floor, completely straight and at a 30-degree angle to your body, your palms facing each other. (2) Raise your arms as high as you can. Pause and then slowly lower back to the start position. Do this 12 times.

Floor T Raise: (1) Lie face down on the floor. Move your arms so that they’re out to your sides- perpendicular to your body with the thumb sides of your hands pointing up – and raise them as high as you comfortably can. (2) Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. Do this 12 times.

Floor I Raise: (1) Lie face down on the floor. Position your arms straight above your shoulders so your body forms a straight line from your feet to your fingertips. (2) Raise your arms as high as you comfortably can. (3) Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. Do this 12 times.

Complete three sets of these exercises three times a week. As you become more comfortable you can increase the intensity of the exercises by holding onto light weights, or you don’t have any hand weights, you can use soup cans.

A great cardio exercise that also very good for your back is the rowing machine. Aim to use it three times a week for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Emily Sparrow

Emily Sparrow is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor in the greater Toronto area.  Emily has worked with clients of all fitness levels and has been a contributing fitness expert in many publications such as the Globe & Mail, Today’s Parent, Frugal Bride and 20_something.ca.  Emily is the Owner of SkyHigh Fitness, and in-home and condo personal training company exclusively for women.  To learn more about Emily visit her website at http://www.skyhighfitness.com/

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