Workout: Upright row

Upright row

This resistance band exercise works the front, mid and rear deltoids.

Step 1: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. place the middle of the resistance band underneath your feet so that you are standing on it. Bend your knees slightly and keep your weight on your heels to midfoot. Grasp the ends of the band with both hands directly in front of you, so that your fists are almost touching.

Step 2: Pull your fists up toward your chin, bringing your elbows up until they point slightly toward the ceiling.

Step 3: Return to the starting position and continue for three sets of eight to 12 repetitions.

Note: keep your core muscles tight, chest and head up, and shoulders back throughout the exercise.

Mark Thompson is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, specializing in performance enhancement, corrective exercise and Mixed Martial Arts training. He is a UFC coach who specializes in Kenpo Karate, amateur bodybuilding, wrestling and football. He can be reached on Facebook, at 214-809-1230 or through his website,

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