Yesterday, I took my second class. When our instructor, Salim, announced we were working arms, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was having some tummy rumbles, so working upper body would be a breeze, right?
Wrong! Salim threw us right into the workout with Robert Brace‘s signature warm-up: crawl downs into push-ups into heel stretches followed by abs work. And then it was right into the arm and shoulder workout: tricep dips on a chair, tricep push-ups and downward dog push-ups. That last one was a first for me, and it left my arms burning.
Of course, there was no time to think of the heat; Salim had us revving up our heart rate with high knees, fast runs in place and mountain climbers on the floor AND in the air. Yep, gasp for breath, ladies!
We did several sets of the exercises above, and then polished it off with a set of burpees. In 25 minutes, I was soaked. And I felt awesome.
I’m taking a short break from the program (I know, already!), but I’ll be back in class on Monday. And I’m revving it up another notch ΓÇô I’m starting Robert’s turbo-charged diet plan to get super lean. Tuna and cottage cheese, here I come!
STEAL THIS MOVE: Chair Tricep Dips. Place a sturdy chair against the wall. Sit down and place your hands on the front edge of the chair. Slide your butt off the chair so your arms are holding you up. Knees and feet should be in a straight line. Bend your elbows until your arms are in a 90 degree angle. Push yourself back up so arms are straight. Do ten reps. Rest for 30 seconds, and then repeat the reps two more times.
Ready to join me as I get in tip top shape on NYLean25? If youΓÇÖre in New York City, you can in person (IΓÇÖll be working out in the mornings at Astor Place). Get the class schedule here.