Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level chest exercise called a Single Arm Hug a Tree. Technically, this exercise is seen a lot in Pilates studios, but it can be modified with resistance bands for home use.
Why Do a Single Arm Hug a Tree?
- This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
- Single arm exercises require more core, shoulder and triceps stability in order to complete the movement.
- Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
- Working just one side of the body at a time allows you an opportunity to really focus on form and bodily awareness. So you can perfect your technique before complicating things by adding another arm into the mix.
How to Perform a Single Arm Hug a Tree:
- Place a resistance band of your choosing in a door or around a sturdy object.
- Take both handles in one hand.
- Sit or stand nice and tall with a straight spine, engaged core and shoulders rolled down in their sockets.
- When you are ready, open the arms wide with a slight bend in the elbows.
- Exhale as you bring both arms in towards the midline of the body and your fingertips touch in front of your sternum.
- Inhale and slowly open the arms back to the starting position.
- Repeat this motion 12-15 reps on each side for 4 sets total.
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