6-Minute Super Quick Upper Body Blast

Happy Tuesday to you all!  How's your week going so far?  Mine is off to a pretty good start, surprisingly.  I beat the Monday blues by meal prepping for the week (I didn't have to be at work until 8pm), and making my first-ever protein bite recipe which I'm pretty excited about.  (In case you're wondering, I made these S'More Power Balls - yum!)  I've been reading all about protein bites recently (well, actually, more like seeing delicious pictures in the blogosphere and on Pinterest) and they look sooooo tasty.  The ones I made are pretty amazing.  Dessert really.  So once you're done checking out that recipe, going to the store to get the ingredients, and making the addicting little morsels, come back here for a killer upper body workout that you'll have done in 6 minutes flat!  Ready for the fun?  Keep reading!

6-Minute Super Quick Upper Body Blast


6-Minute Super Quick Upper Body Blast

Set your timer for 6 minutes and get through as many rounds of the 5 exercises as possible. Note: you'll need a chair, bench, or other sturdy surface to raise your legs on for the tricep dips.

10 Push Ups - you know these ones.  If you need to after a while, drop to your knees, but keep your spine in one straight line from neck to tailbone.

5 Narrow/Regular/Wide Push Ups - from the push up position you were just in, bring your hands in slightly closer to your ribcage (narrow) and do 1 push up.  Walk your hands out to a regular push up position and do another push up (regular).  Now walk your hands out wider than shoulder-width and do another (wide).  Reverse that pattern to complete 5 push ups total (N/R/W/R/N).

10 Tricep Presses (each side) - lie on your side, with your bottom arm crossed over your chest, and top arm over it with the hand placed on the floor.  Use that arm to push your upper body off the floor.  Do 10 on one arm, then switch for 10 more.

5 Raised-Leg Tricep Dips - find a sturdy chair, couch, box, bench, or what have you, and place your heels on it, keeping your hands on the floor.  Raise your pelvis so your butt is off the floor.  From here, do 5 tricep dips, making sure to bend at the elbow and not hinge at the waist (i.e. this is an arm exercise, not dipping your hips).

5 Sphinx Push Ups - start out in a modified push up position (on your knees), hands directly under your shoulders.  Lower yourself down so your forearms are flat on the floor.  From here, push yourself up again, keeping your hands on the ground and spine aligned.  Do 5 total.

There you have it!  I hope you all are having a great week so far.  This is a pretty exciting week for me and for the blog!  Tomorrow I'll be hosting my first-ever GIVEAWAY!  I received some awesome candles from Aurorae Yoga to review, and they're giving one away to a lucky reader, so stay tuned and make sure to check back tomorrow to enter the raffle!  The second piece of news I have is this Friday, my first syndicated blog post for the BlogHer Publishing Network will go live!!  I'm SUPER excited for that, and will be posting links to it all over the place, so stay tuned for that as well.  As always, have a healthy and happy day ahead, and I look forward to seeing your answers to some questions in the giveaway post tomorrow!

Readers: chat with me!  What upper body exercises do you like to do?  Are you someone who likes to use their own bodyweight for exercises, or do you like to use equipment?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!