Give these new twists on classic exercises a try.
By Meg Lappe, SELF
Earlier this week celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor Kristin McGee shared two incredibly powerful exercises for amazing abs. Now, she’s delivering two new moves that are all about your triceps.
Her go-to exercises include the cobra push-up and the incline plank — they are variations of the standard push-up and plank that are designed to really activate the backs of your arms (as well as your shoulders and core). See how to do the effective exercises below:
1. Cobra Push-Up
Start facedown on your mat with your toes pointed and palms resting on the ground a few inches above your head. Lift your torso off the mat and keep a soft bend in your elbows. This is your starting position (as shown). Begin to bend your arms lowering your elbows to mat, then straighten arms to return to start. Be sure to keep elbows close to your torso as you lower, not allowing them to flare out to the sides. Keep your hands neutral with fingers point forward. Do as many reps as you can in one minute.
2. Incline Plank
Start in a reverse plank position with chest facing the sky, wrists below shoulders, neck long, and legs extended. Tighten your core and begin to lift your right leg into the air (as shown). Hold this for 30 seconds; then repeat on the opposite leg. (You can always modify this exercise by keeping legs on the floor the entire time.)
(Photos: Meg Lappe)
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