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Me, today. 6.29.12. Day 5 of the Anywhere Workout Challenge

Holy good government it’s felt like a long week of travel work, bouncing around to different hotels and never quite resting in between. I’m tired to the core and after a little fun at an Art Gallery Frida Khalo themed Fashion show, I was slumping over at dinner and just wanted to sleep.That got me thinking about an all back workout. So today’s challenge was about correcting that posture.

– Rows: putting my workout band around the couch leg, I sat with feet touching the couch, and one end in each hand. With back perfectly straight and a slight bend in the knee. I pulled down and back, initiating the movement from the area under my shoulder blades and continuing to pinch my shoulder blades together. Careful not to use your shoulders, press them down while pulling back. Keep your abs tight and back not moving. 3 sets of 20 and it burns.

– Standing Reverse Flys: Standing on your exercise band, hold each end. Bend from the waist at about a 45 degree angle, keeping your back straight. Make a 90 degree bend in each arm, with them at your sides and rotate your arms out like you’re opening a jacket. Again pulling from your shoulder blades and keeping your back straight, abs tucked. 3 sets of 20 and both your lower and upper back feels the work.

– Super Woman: Lie on our stomach arms straight in front of you. Lift your legs and your arms off the floor, looking up slightly. Hold for 3 times for 60 seconds, feeling the crunch in your lower back and your butt.

– Super Woman Side to Side: Same thing as the super woman, but cross your arms. Lifting your arms and legs off the ground, crunch in one side and then the other, bringing your knee up to try to meet your elbow. Hold each side for 5 seconds, doing 5 on each side. Do 5 sets of this and you’ll feel your back and love handles tighten up.

– Straight Back Balance: Using a foam roller if you have one, or a tightly rolled up towel, lie on it putting it in line with your spine. Tightening your abs, try to lift you legs off the floor, holding straight legged  at a 45 degree angle. Putting both your hands out on each side for balance, try to lift your hands off as well and use your back to keep you balanced. Hold for 1 minute each set, and do 3-5 sets and your whole mid section will burn – abs from holding your legs up, and back from keeping you steady.

– Wood Chop: Throw one end of your exercise band over top the door and close it. Stand about 3 feet from the door, perpendicular to the door. Holding the end in both hands, twist away from the door, using your back to rotate your torso as well as holding your abs in. 3 sets of 25 on each side and you’ll be breathing hard and feeling good!

Hope this helps your slumping posture like it does mine!

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