Here’s a memo to your back – you are allowed to be strong and sculpted. You are allowed to carry things like backpacks and children and look killer in backless dresses. You are NOT allowed to accumulate fat around your bra strap or let lower back flab get in the way of your awesomeness.

There is something to be said about having a sexy back. Justin Timberlake even wrote a song about it. Ok, well maybe not in that context…

Your back is one of those areas we don’t show off as much as others on our bodies, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to incorporate exercises to strengthen and sculpt your back. Plus a strong back can help maintain good posture and prevent fitness-related injuries.

And on that rare occasion when a mean word is spoken in your direction, you’ll be able to let it roll off your muscular, toned back. Physical and mental workouts – it’s like a buy one, get one deal! Ooooh, I love a good deal. Ok, I can’t really say this will make you mentally tough, but it might help?!

Enough talk. Time to work that beautiful back. To start, grab two small hand weights. We will be doing a lot of shoulder and back work, so select a set of hand weights that are light, yet challenging. As a gauge, I used 4lb weights and it was a challenge!

Banish Back Fat Move #1

Start with your weights down by your sides, palms facing forward. Keep your arms straight and lift your weights outward, stopping at shoulder height. Squeeze your shoulder blades once you reach the top, but be mindful to keep the weights directly out from your shoulders. Lower your arms back down. Do 12 repetitions.

Banish Back Fat Move #2

Start with your arms overhead, palms facing forward. Bend your elbows outwards and press them in towards your sides, lowering weights to waist height. Squeeze your shoulder blades as you bring your elbows in. Do 12 repetitions.

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