How to perform exercise
1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand.
2. Now lift the arms to your sides so that your torso and the arms form the letter "T". The arms should be parallel to the floor and perpendicular to each side of your torso. The palms should be facing forward. This will be your starting position.
3-a. As you inhale slowly squat down by bending at the knees and holding the back erect as if you were going to sit on a chair. Continue with the squat motion until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Tip: Remember that the knees should never go past your toes.
3-b. As you squat down, simultaneously bring the arms in front of you until the palms of the hands are facing each other. Tip: This will look like a flat bench flye but performed standing up. The arms will remain extended throughout the movement and only the shoulder joint will move.
4. Now start pressing with the ball of the foot mainly in order to go back to the initial position and simultaneously move the arms out away from your sides in order to form a giant "T" as you stand upright. Exhale as you perform this movement.
5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
Photos of the correct technique
What muscles work?
If the correct technique is followed, the following muscle groups work: Shoulders, and auxiliary muscles:
Weight and number of repetitions
The number of repetitions and working weight depends on your goal and other parameters. But the general recommendations can be presented in the form of a table:
|Goal||Sets||Reps||Weight, %1Rm||Rest between sets|
|Strength||2-6||1-5 reps||100-85%||3-7 min|
|Mass gain||3-6||6-12 reps||85-60%||1-4 min|
|Fat burning||2-4||13-25 reps||60-40%||1-2 min|
In order to make the training more diverse and effective you have to change the number of repetitions and the working weight. It is important not to go beyond certain values!
*Specify the weight and the maximum number of repetitions that you can perform with this weight.
Best workout routines with this exercise
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