I felt like I needed a change and was tired of going into the gym without a set plan. I knew the area on which I wanted to focus each day, but I needed a push, a challenge and some more ideas! So, I started a new program this week! Lovin’ it so far. Yesterday involved a shit-ton (that’s a word) of push-ups and arm/chest dumbbell moves. Let’s just say I’m sore & shaky and I may or may not like it. While I’ve done plenty of dumbbell workouts, I focused in and realized how great dumbbell exercises really are.
1. Stabilization. You must stabilize your entire core as well as zoom in on the muscles being worked, resulting in more muscle fibers being activated.
2. Each limb is independent. You can really feel the struggle on each side, or the weak side. When using solo barbells your arms are working together, but with dumbbells each has to pull their own weight (see what I did there). 🙂 There’s no compensation for the weak side, it’s gotta put in the work, too. This really helps with initiating balance for the rights and lefts.
3. Range of Motion. Or Freedom. When doing barbell bench presses your muscles work in a fixed position. On the other hand, dumbbells allow you to rotate and alter position slightly all while increasing your range of motion.
After feeling so sore from the new moves, I’m looking forward to some more! I’ll keep you posted on those and the new techniques I’m learning. Happy Friday! Now, go be active…