This week’s Tone Up Tuesday sequence is all about bringing sexy back! With the temperature warming up, you’ll surely be keeping cool in spring tops that show off your defined upper body. You won’t need equipment for this workout, so you can easily do it at home, the gym or on vacation. Do 10-12 reps of each move, and repeat the entire circuit 4 times. This can be done 3-4 times a week, before or after cardio.
Superman: To begin working your lower back, lie face down on the floor. Extend your arms out front and keep your elbows slightly bent. Use your lower back muscles to lift your chest off the floor and keep your feet on the floor. Keep your neck and arms in line with your spine. Hold this move for a second, rest for another second, and repeat 10-12 times.
Bird Dog: This move will work both your abs and back. To begin, remain on all fours and tighten your core, and look at the floor. Slowly extend your left leg behind you while extending your right arm forward. Keep your hips and shoulders square and do not arch your back. Hold for 5 seconds and slowly return to the starting position. Repeat by extending right leg behind you and extending your left arm forward.
Upward Facing Plank: This plank also requires lifting and dipping. To begin, face the ceiling, push up into a plank with your weight in your hands and feet. Lift one left at a time, then dip your triceps, bending at the elbows to lower the body. Be sure to keep your arms close to your sides.