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10 Quick Easy Workouts To Get Rid Of Back Fat At Home

10 Quick Easy Workouts To Get Rid Of Back Fat At Home

Stubborn fat clings to certain areas of the body and holds up mighty resistance against our best fat-loss efforts. When it comes to the upper body, fat around our back and shoulders often results in the dreaded bra bulge.

So, what does a girl (or guy) have to do to get their sexy back? First, let’s make one thing clear: spot reduction is a myth. Instead, focus on reducing overall body fat and sculpt those back muscles with exercise.

Adopt these 10 effective exercises, alongside a healthy diet, and you will get rid of that stubborn back fat in no time!

1. Back-Intensive Cardio Exercise

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    Cardio is great for burning excess calories, encouraging fat loss, and even improving cardiovascular health. Back-intensive exercises, such as rowing, boxing, or swimming, will work wonders — even if you just do them twice a week!

    2. Pull-Ups

    Fit a pull-up bar to your home and before you know it, you will be on your way to a sexy back and a heap of functional strength.

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      Begin with negative pull ups as follows:

      1. Start with your palms facing outwards at the top of the movement.
      2. Slowly lower yourself in a controlled motion.
      3. Reset to the top of the movement and repeat 5-10 times.

      Then move onto full pull-ups when your strength allows:

      1. Starting from the bottom of the movement.
      2. Pulling up with your back, shoulders, and arms.
      3. Lower yourself in a controlled manner and repeat 5-10 times.

      3. TYIs

      TYIs are excellent for improving overall posture while strengthening the back and core.

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        Perform TYIs by lying face down on a bench or floor.

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        1. Engage your back muscles and lift your chest up.
        2. Move your arms up to form a “T”.
        3. Slowly move them into a “Y”.
        4. Slowly move them into an “I”.
        5. Repeat 5-12 times.

        If this exercise becomes too easy, grab a couple of light dumbbells and try it again!

        4. Push-Ups

        Push-ups do a great job at strengthening your chest and revealing your new streamlined back!

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          Start with modified push-ups from your knees:

          1. Slowly lower your chest to the ground, focus on engaging your back muscles.
          2. Push back up to the top position.
          3. Repeat for 10-20 repetitions.

          If you can perform 20 reps with good form, switch to normal push-ups from your feet with straight legs.

          5. Bridges

          Bridges will cultivate a well-shaped bum and work your back-stabilizing muscles simultaneously.

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            1. Start by lying on your back.
            2. Bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle.
            3. With your feet flat on the floor, lift your buttocks up until your back is in a straight line.
            4. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds, then slowly lower yourself to the ground.
            5. Repeat this movement 10-20 times before completing a set.

            6. Straight-Arm Planks

            Planks are an awesome core-strengthening exercise. Use them to build a 6-pack to go with your toned back.

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              1. Start with your arms straight towards the floor.
              2. Lift and hold your body as straight as possible.
              3. Hold this position for 15-60 seconds then rest.
              4. Perform this static hold 3 times in total.

              7. Dumbbell Rows

              Get hold of a dumbbell and start performing this back-toning movement!

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                1. Place one of your knees on a study bench or similar object and hold your dumbbell in the opposite hand.
                2. Keeping your back as level as possible, pull the dumbbell to your armpit in a straight rowing motion.
                3. Slowly lower the weight back down but don’t fully lock your arm out.
                4. Once you have completed a set of 8-12, switch to the other arm and knee and repeat.

                 8. Jump Rope

                Jump ropes are an old-school favourite for boxers, and for good reason. It’s a great way to work your shoulders and back and build a lean mean physique!

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                  Get out for a 15-minute jump rope session 2-3 times per week. For every drip of sweat, you are burning through a little more fat!

                  9. Resistance Band Rowing

                  Resistance bands are an incredibly flexible fitness tool. You use one in a simple rowing motion to train your back and shoulders almost anywhere!

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                    Go for 10-20 minutes rowing sessions with varied intensity. Your back will be slimmer and firmer in no time.

                    10. Wall-Assisted Handstand

                    Handstands are a mighty exercise for shoulders, back, and core. Using a wall to assist takes away the balance element, allowing you to focus on fully engaging your back and shoulders.

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                      1. Start by “rolling in” to a suitable wall and walking up your feet.
                      2. Make sure you support your head and neck by pushing off the floor with your hands.
                      3. Hold this stable position for as long as you can before lowering pushing off the wall.
                      4. As your strength allows, press through your hands and shoulders to raise and lower yourself slightly.

                      A Final Tip To Help You Get Rid Of Back Fat:

                      Combine these exercises with a clean diet and caloric deflect. In other words, control your food intake so you are ultimately burning more calories than you are consuming. Diet plays a huge role in both a leaner back and overall physique. Good luck!

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                      Published on October 11, 2018

                      7 Killer Upper Back Stretches to Reduce Pain and Boost Endurance

                      7 Killer Upper Back Stretches to Reduce Pain and Boost Endurance

                      Building and maintaining a strong upper back depends not only on strength-training, but stretching and nutrition as well. Stretching the upper back muscles, along with a healthy diet can help alleviate pain while improving endurance.

                      Did you know that stretching your upper back builds endurance for sports, your job – which may require heavy lifting – and simple, everyday activities? Many people who exercise don’t recognize the importance of having a strong upper back, and often neglect this part of the body, focusing more on the lower back where injuries are more prone to occur.

                      Upper back endurance is necessary for runners, hikers, golfers, tennis players, bowlers, cyclists; the list goes on and on. If saving time is important to you, you want to reduce chronic back pain, boost your energy levels, or you simply need ways to get through a day at the office while confined to a computer, you’ll begin to understand why the following upper back stretches and exercises are necessary.

                      Here are seven stretches, combined with exercises, to help you maintain a strong upper back:

                      1. Lat Pull-Downs

                      By contracting and lengthening your latissimus dorsi muscles, trapezius, deltoids, rhomboids, teres major, along with the other muscles groups in and around your upper back, you are building muscle endurance and increasing mobility.

                      Seated at a lat pull-down machine, select a weight stack that is comfortable. Remember, you’re not preparing for a bodybuilding competition, you just want to exercise the back, so heavy weight is unnecessary.

                      Grab the wide bar above your head, palms down, and using a wide grip, pull the bar down to your chest and contract your upper back muscles.

                      Keep your head up, looking at the bar. This also helps keep your spine straight and provides a clearance so that the bar doesn’t hit your face. Slowly return the bar to the top and repeat for 15 reps. Do three to four sets.

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                      Here’s the correct technique by Denice Moberg:

                      2. Indoor Rowing

                      If upright exercises like walking on the treadmill or running outdoors bore you, you can strengthen your core using a rowing machine. Not only will you chisel your back, but the elongation of the upper back during the stroke motion creates a good stretch.

                      First, select a tension that is challenging but not a struggle. Make sure that your feet are securely placed in the machine’s foot straps, nice and tight to prevent the feet from moving while rowing.

                      Next, slide yourself in the rowing saddle forward toward the row bar and pull the bar toward the mid-section of your trunk area, which is the finish. Pulling the bar, bring your elbows beyond your back while contracting your upper muscles and rear shoulders.

                      Your back should be straight with a slight angle of around 100 degrees. Do not hunch.

                      During the catch, your legs should be at a 90 degree angle while locking out your arms completely. As a stretching exercise, repeat this motion for five minutes.

                      Here’s how you can do it:

                      3. Side Plank Rotation

                      If you’re short on time, floor exercises such as planks strengthen your core and can be done at home or during your lunch break at work. They can be done in 30 to 60 second increments.

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                      There are a few plank variations:

                      The low-position forearm plank in which your body weight is supported by your elbows; the straight-arm plank, which is a high-position plank; side plank in which your body is turned to one side and supported by one straightened arm; the stability-ball plank which is more challenging for your trunk; and the plank that gives you a good stretch is the side plank rotation.

                      To begin the side plank rotation, begin in the high plank position. Slowly turn your body to one side while stacking one foot on top of the other. Extend the opposite arm toward the ceiling and as you lower your arm, reaching underneath your body and rotating your trunk.

                      Done properly, you will feel the stretch along your rhomboids and shoulders. Repeat the rotation – reaching and tucking – 10 times. Switch sides.

                      Here’s a Side Plank Rotation demonstrated by Train Aggressive:

                      4. Yoga Stretches

                      A good way to incorporate breathing with stretching and gain flexibility in your core is Kundalini yoga – an intense yoga practice – gets your blood flowing and works wonders for the spine and posture.

                      The “Cat-Cow” pose is a great upper back warm-up, and when combined with the “Breath Of Fire”[1] or “fast breathing,” energy is sent through the entire body which stimulates the flow of cell activity and increases lung capacity.

                      On all fours, arms straight and directly below your shoulders, and knees directly below your hips, hunch your back, inhaling as you tuck your head into your chest, then exhale while arching your back and raise your head toward to sky.

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                      The rapid inhaling and exhaling in this exercise is known as the “Breath Of Fire,” as mentioned above. Increase the pace of both the “Cat-Cow” and “Breath Of Fire” and repeat this movement for up to five minutes.

                      This is how to do a Cat-Cow pose for energy:

                      5. Side Bends

                      This is a simple stretch to elongate the space between your ribs and increase range of motion, which helps achieve flexibility in the abdominals, spine, and lateral core.

                      Seated or standing with your back straight, raise your arms above your head and firmly hold your wrist. Gently pull your trunk to one side and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. When finished, repeat on opposite side.

                      Note: If standing, keep your feet shoulder width apart, if seated keep your feet flat on the floor.

                      Let’s take a look at how to do a standing side bend:

                      6. Pole Stretch

                      By creating opposing force and pulling on a stationary object, you are stretching your lats. The upper sides of your back. Here, you are performing a static stretch which is a stretch held beyond its normal range.

                      Find a pole, mounted gym apparatus, or other floor-affixed object and, while standing, pull on the object with slightly bent knees and back flat at a 45-degree angle.

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                      Continue to pull while extending your arms, feeling the stretch in your lats and rhomboid muscles. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat if needed.

                      7. Shoulder Blade Stretch

                      The shoulder blades are connected to the rhomboid muscles in the upper back. Sudden, quick movements like pulling a heavy object or even tossing a near-weightless object overhead, like a tennis ball during a serve, can strain the unstretched muscles between your shoulder blades, causing spasms.

                      Here’s how to avoid muscle strain:

                      Standing tall with feet shoulder width apart, gently pull your elbow across your chest, just beneath your chin, and hold for 15 seconds. If you do not feel immediate relief, try lowering or raising the elbow and perform the stretch again. Different angles can make a big difference.

                      There you have it – Seven upper back stretches and exercises to reduce pain and improve endurance. But while upper back stretches are important, a diet rich in antioxidants is equally key.

                      Bonus Tip: Getting a Diet Rich in Antioxidants

                      Antioxidants, also known as “Super Foods,” prevent the build up of free radicals in your body and control oxidative stress. These free radicals are toxins that get in the way of endurance, flexibility, and cause inflammation, among other fitness obstacles.

                      How do you incorporate antioxidants into your diet? Here are some common foods and beverages rich in antioxidants:

                      A good combination of quick and easy targeted cardiovascular exercises, static stretches, range-of-motion stretches, and yoga poses can increase upper back endurance and boost your energy levels, making your activities – both sedentary and active – manageable and fun.

                      Once you begin to incorporate these methods of relief into your routine, you will begin to walk taller, run farther, and hike longer!

                      Featured photo credit: Geert Pieters via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1]Yogapedia: Breath of Fire

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