That strapless Vera Wang means only one thing—your shoulders now shoulder the burden of being drop-dead gorgeous.
We tapped Susan Hart, Tier 4 Trainer at Equinox at Franklin Street, on the shoulder and asked her what exercises bring the best results. Here’s her dynamic duo.
Exercise 1: Plank to Push-up
Note: Keep your hips as still as possible during the entire exercise by locking in your abdominals and squeezing your glute (butt) muscles. For a tougher modification, complete on an incline (bench top or staircase).
Exercise 2: Side Plank with a Rear Delt Raise
Note: Do not let hips start to drop. You’re using a lot of core in this one as well. Tighter abs, here you come.
These two exercises are Hart’s go-to toners because “your body weight alone will provide enough of a load to bring your arms and shoulders to failure,” she says—and by “failure,” she’s referring to the time when you feel like you couldn’t possibly do any more repetitions. If the exercises seem too easy, she suggests adding on extra repetitions or try resting a 10-pound plate on your back. “This is a total-body exercise with a strong focus on the shoulders, which means your heart rate will increase and increase your caloric expenditure,” Hart says. “The more muscles that work during an exercise, the more calories burned.”
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