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Straighten Up - 3 Min. Upper Body Workout

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A quick 3 minute upper body workout designed by chiropractor and strength specialist Dr. Pete Gratale. The workout is simple with minimal equipment needed.

A quick 3 minute upper body workout designed by chiropractor and strength specialist Dr. Pete Gratale. The workout is simple with minimal equipment needed.

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  • 1. Straighten Up Upper Body Series Presented by Peter A. Gratale DC,CSCS
  • 2. A simple series of movements for the upper body and torso
    • 7 different movements
    • Can be done anywhere
    • No equipment necessary
    • Can increase resistance with the use of weighted objects, dumbbells, balls, etc.
    • Targets the upper back, shoulder girdle, chest, back, upper arms, core strength and grip strength
  • 3. Upper Body Execution
    • Make sure you get clearance from a health professional before beginning any new exercise program.
    • Work up to doing each exercise for 30 seconds.
    • 7 exercise X 30 seconds = 3-4 minute routine.
    • As you get stronger increase intensity by:
    • - increasing resistance with heavier objects
    • - add a second or third 3 minute set
    • - work up to 60 to 90 seconds per exercise.
  • 4. You’ll need…
    • An uncluttered area to do the exercises standing.
    • A form of resistance whether it be a medicine ball, dumbbell, barbell plate or even a grip friendly brick, rock or bottle of water.
    • The closer you keep the weight to your body, the easier the exercise.
  • 5. The Seven Exercises
    • Scarecrow (warm up)
    • Chest press
    • Full Body Circles
    • Front Raise
    • Hammer Throw / Wood Chop
    • Steering
    • Arm Circles (cool down)
  • 6. Creating a stable stance
    • These exercises should be all done standing with feet slightly wider than shoulder width and knees slightly bent but strong.
    • Keep your torso stiffened at all times by mildly contracting (bracing) the abdominal muscles as if preparing to be punched in the stomach.
    • Keep your gaze forward and head level at all times to prevent neck strain
  • 7. Scarecrow warm up
    • Arms shoulder level (this is the axle) with elbows locked at at 90 degrees, slowly rotate the arms to rotate hands towards ceiling then slowly reverse in opposite direction with hands pointing towards floor.
    • Only move within a range that is comfortable and keep head level to prevent neck strain.
  • 8. Chest Press
    • Hold ball at shoulder level and press straight forward with a little upper lift.
    • The stronger you are, the more you can try to straighten your elbows.
  • 9. Full Body Circles
    • Hold ball at arms length with a bend in the elbows and make a complete circle around the front of your body.
    • Reverse direction midway through set.
  • 10. Front raise
    • Squat down while keeping your upper body erect as far as is comfortable with ball between legs.
    • In one smooth motion, raise ball forward up over head while straightening knees.
    • Lower slowly as you squat back down
  • 11. Hammer throw / wood chop
    • With slight squat, bring ball low to right and lift diagonally and extend to upper left. Slowly and in control, return to starting position.
    • Reverse direction midway through set.
  • 12. Steering
    • Hold the ball at arms length (closer to your body if you are weaker) and pretend you’re steering a car right and left.
    • Make the rotations slow and controlled.
  • 13. Arm Circles Cool Down
    • Hold arms out to sides and a little bit forward (15 degrees)
    • Circle arms backwards in a small circle
    • Midway through set, reverse direction.

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