Sunday, 13 May 2012

Suspension training workout - upper body

Hey everyone,

After the last lower-body workout, we were really excited to try out some upper body exercises on our new Jungle Gym XT.  Since circuit-training worked well for our last workout, we designed another circuit focused on upper body exercises.

We chose eight upper body exercises and completed three circuits in the workout.  Here's what we did:

  • L-sit pullups
  • Atomic pushups
  • Reverse pushups (Tannys - bridge position, Alex - feet elevated)
  • Jungle Gym pushups
  • Face pulls
  • Jungle Gym flys
  • Tricep extensions
  • Bicep curls
Check out these videos demonstrating the exercises...

L-Sit Pullups

Atomic Pushups

Reverse Pushups

Reverse Pushups (Feet Elevated)

Jungle Gym Pushups

Face Pulls

Jungle Gym Flys

Tricep Extensions

Bicep Curls

The upper body workout was fantastic!  Similar to the lower body workout, it felt very different from our 'traditional'/recent training.  The biggest challenge in upper body movements was the focus on core (e.g. L-sit pullups), as well as the stabilizing muscles used in exercises like the Jungle Gym pushups.  We also appreciated the free movement of the handles, which improved exercises like reverse pushups (e.g. allowing greater range of motion and less stress on our joints).

We are definitely excited about incorporating suspension training into our workouts from now on.  Gymnasts are essentially doing suspension training - and their fitness results are pretty incredible.  We look forward to improving our performance on these exercises, as well as discovering new ones!

- Tannys & Alex

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