Upper body exercises for women should include those that work to stabilize the core and shoulder girdle complex while also strengthening the muscles of the shoulders, chest, upper back, and abdomen.
I like to use the Principles of Pilates for upper body exercises because you get not only the strength and tone, but also you get the benefits of decreased risk of injury in the shoulder joint.
Pilates upper arm exercises first focus is on stabilizing the shoulder joint complex so then you can mobilize the arm for better and safer range of motion and less risk for injury.
One of the best ways Pilates for upper body exercises for women that I have found is the front Plank.
The Front Plank is one of those exercises that really challenges the whole of the upper body without doing anything but just supporting your body weight.
The challenge here is to keep the abdominal muscles pulled up and in and the shoulder blades wide on the back (not pinching together).
Add in some pushups for more strength.
Tips for a Better Plank:
The Plank with One Leg Extension is another challenge in that it requires more side oblique control, widdle that waistline, along with shoulder stability.
Adding this little variation to the regular plank can really find the imbalances in the strength and support of the core of the body quickly.
Tips for Better Plank position:
The mat is a great way to get a good in arm workouts for women no matter where you are, but nothing can beat the spring tension and stretch you get on the Pilates Reformer.
Check out some of my upper arm exercises and for better range of motion here on the Pilates Reformer.
There are many ways to get in good arm workouts for women on the Pilates Mat,
Pick out the exercises that work best for you and do them 3 days a week for improved strength, posture, and decreased risk of pain and injury in the shoulder joint.
Mar 21, 17 12:06 AM
Dear Jennifer, I was wondering if there is something that Pilates could do for a bunion. A friend sent me your youtube link, and it is really wonderful.
Jun 22, 16 02:08 PM
Pilates glute exercises to beef up your buns and end your back pain.
Jun 08, 16 02:28 PM
My favorite sciatic pain exercises to stop and avoid it for good! Balance your muscles, fix your posture, and strengthen the legs to help with back pain.