[donotprint] When I was away for work last week I had no option but to forgo my run but missing out on a morning workout just wouldn’t cut the mustard. Without some sort of movement when I remove myself from bed I would most definitely be bad form and less than awake for the better the better part of the morning.
I did a little perusing online and found Julie’s favourite home circuit workouts which were ideal for doing in an hotel room. I decided to give the jump rope circuit a go and so packed up my jump rope and I was good to go.
I thought the burpees and high knees might be the killers, possibly even the plank…
I changed the jump rope to 45 seconds and added on 5 extra exercises…
- Back Plank with alternate leg raise * 15 each side
- Side Plank with under body curl * 15 each side
- Spider Push Ups * 15 each leg
- Fire Hydrants
- Alternate Squat Front Kick
And the whole thing together took about 25 minutes. Just near the end, face a little sweaty, I noticed my back was starting to hurt when I attempted I got the final couple of jump ropes. Occassionally my lower back gets a little sore from running, never my upper back. Turns out (after doing a bit of Googling) that the cause was more than likely the jump rope and my lack of upper back strength.
Upper back pain is most often associated with muscle weakness and tightness in the shoulder and neck stabilizing musculature. The rhomboids and trapezius muscles both have insertions in the upper spine and work to stabilize the shoulder, upper back and neck. High velocity rope spinning motion used in jumping rope can leave these stabilizing muscles tired, adding stress to the upper spine.
Note to self…focus on some upper back exercises (a week and half later this is yet to be achieved apart from some dumbbell rows). Before I go there….you may have noticed the pink bowl of deliciousness that has been appearing….peanut butter and jelly smoothie, yes sir-ee! Absolutely incredible! (More on the smoothie below).
In order to focus my mind, and subsequently strengthen my back I’ve put together the following upper back workout. I completed this Sunday morning and plan on incorporating at least 2 of the exercises every day as part of my weight (body or otherwise) training.
If you have any queries about other exercises just leave a comment below
Workout and run complete, no better time for a smoothie if I do say so myself. Peanut butter, raspberries, strawberries, banana, a little bit of jelly and PB on top along with some dried banana…one word..awesome!
What are your favourite upper back exercises? [/donotprint]
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
Servings – 1 (2 cups)
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 250ml (1 cup) almond milk
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 heaped tsp raspberry or strawberry jelly
- 1 heaped tsp peanut butter
- 4-5 pieces of dried banana
- 1 fresh strawberries sliced
- Blend together all smoothie ingredients. Serve topped with jelly, PB, dried banana and strawberries!