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Lifting Tip: Stand When You Lift

When you're strength training, there are definitely certain multitasking moves where you sit, kneel, or lie on the floor or a balance ball. I think that is fine, but for all other upper body exercises, be sure to do them standing instead of sitting on a weight bench. Standing makes the exercise more challenging to your entire body. Plus, standing helps ensure that you are working with proper posture and not hunching over. This is better for your spine and works your core too.

Fit's Tips: To make an upper body exercise even more challenging, try balancing on one leg at a time. Or better yet, stand on a BOSU for serious challenge while doing your bicep curls.




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hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I usually sit on a stability ball (if possible) while doing upper body. I should probably start standing sometimes to mix things up. The BOSU trainer is on my wish list.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I worked with a personal trainer, he had me do things on a BOSU and holy cow, does that ever work your body! You get a good core workout in addition to a good upper arm workout.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with this tip. Standing works on balance, and engages other muscles. I stand whenever I do upper-body free weights.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
she must be new at this considering the way she's looking at that tiny little thing like it's a cinder block!
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