The Cardio Exercise That Blasts Your Shoulders

Sizzle your shoulders and spike your heart rate with “plate push presses” from Men’s Health Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour, creator of the Get Back in Shape Workout DVD (which offers eight 20-minute workouts you can do with your body weight). 

You might think of these as jumping jacks on steroids. 

In fact, the exercise is similar to a push press, except the weight is being pressed horizontally instead of vertically. The benefit: It doesn’t require the same shoulder stability and mobility as overhead pressing, but it still puts a serious demand son your shoulders. 

And as you’ll see in the video (below), it’s great athletic training for your lower body. That’s because you drop into a partial or full range of motion squat with each press out, and then explosively jump back up to a standing position. 

 

So like we said, a jumping jack, only better. 

Either plug this into a circuit as a cardio or upper body movement, or use it as finisher for your workout by doing 8 to 10 rounds in which you alternate between 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. 

Watch the video to see how Gaddour performs the exercise. And go light on the weight at first: Gaddour is actually using a 10-pound plate. (It looks bigger because it’s a bumper plate.) You can always up the weight on your second round.

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via Men’s Health

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