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Fitolution – Day #21

Welcome to the last day of the Fitolution Challenge.  You should almost be finished with or close to finishing Day #20.  This is Day #21.


EXERCISE:

Bringing a bonus exercise back from a previous challenge . . . MANMAKER
 
 
TARGETED BODY PARTS –
Chest, shoulders, triceps, biceps and abs  
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS –

  1. Start in push-up position with the dumbbells beneath your shoulders and your arms locked out. 
  2. Keep your hips level and your chest parallel to the floor. 
  3. Spread your feet a little wider than shoulder width. 
  4. Perform a push-up and hold atthe top.
  5. Pull the right hand up and row the dumbbell towards right side of your chest.
  6. Slowly lower the weight to the floor.
  7. Pull the left hand up and row the dumbbell towards left side of your chest. 
  8. Slowly lower the weight to the floor.
  9. Jump to bring feet close to hands while in a low, squatted position.  Hands remain on dumbbells. DBs on floor in between legs. 
  10. Clean dumbbells to shoulders.
  11. Press dumbbells overhead.
  12. That’s 1 rep.  Repeat 9 more times.  That’s set 1.
  13. Repeat set 2 more times for total of 3.
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Fitolution Day #4

Here we go with the 4th day of The Fitolution . . .

EXERCISE:  

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.
 
BONUS EXERCISE:

Chest-Supported Reverse Fly and Hammer Curl
Muscle Groups:  Upper Back, Rear Deltoids, and Biceps 

  1. Start by lying prone on a 45-degree incline bench with your arms hanging straight down and your palms facing each other.
     
  2. First do a reverse fly, focusing on keeping your arms straight or almost straight and keeping your chest pressed flush against the bench to avoid cheating.                                    

  3. Segue into a hammer curl, keeping your hands close together and trying to pause at the top of the rep just before the dumbbells touch your forehead.

It won’t take very much weight for this to be very challenging, so ditch the ego and focus on doing both exercises correctly with controlled form.

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The Fitolution – Day #5, Dips to Skinny

EXERCISE:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are strength days so stick to your strength routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of strength training.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Body Parts:  Arms, Biceps, Triceps

Sit on a weight bench or a sturdy chair and place your hands on either side of the hips so that the palms are resting on the bench and your fingers are hanging over the edge. Keep your feet together and your knees bent while you carefully move your buttocks off the bench—at this point, you will be supporting most of your body weight with your arms. Lower the hips toward the floor by bending the elbows until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Push back up using your arms rather than your legs, and repeat. To progress the challenge, perform the dip with the legs fully extended with no bend in the knees.


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