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Saturday, April 28th 2012

1:18 AM

A-Z: Y-Raise

The Y-raise exercise targets the upper back and shoulders. It can be done on a stability ball, a weight bench, the floor, or standing with the torso 45 degrees to the ground. I've only done the floor version and I may try the other variations in the future. The maximum weights I've used so far are 5 pound dumbbells because it's a challenging exercise specially in conjunction with the T- and I-raises.

The move: Lie prone on the floor with your forehead resting on the ground. Position your arms so that it forms a Y with the body. Your thumbs should be pointed up. In a slow and controlled manner, raise both arms toward the ceiling as high as you can and then slowly lower back to the floor. Repeat 8-12 times. Use light weights if it's too easy.

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