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From the Desk of Dr. Len

Office Workout to Relieve Upper Back Pain

Dr. Len Lopez - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

If you don’t have enough time to get a workout in today or just need to blow-off some stress at the office – grab your WorkHorse FitnessTrainer and pump-out some push-ups and pull-ups.

Whether it’s one quick set of pushups and pullups or 5 minutes of pushups and pullups.  There is finally a simple and easy way to get a quick little workout that will truly help you add shape and tone to your upper body.  No Gimmicks!

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There are a bunch of silly gadgets and products you can buy to “workout” or stay in shape at the office, that may or may not have any real value. But any fitness trainer with any knowledge knows, push-ups and pull-ups (inverted pull-ups if you want to be technical) are some of the best exercises you can do for your upper body.  Ask anyone who has been in the military and gone through boot camp.



One of the best things about My Portable Pullup Bar is that…it’s PORTABLE!  You can fold it up and store it in a closet or against the wall.  Best of all, you don’t need to bolt it or suspend it in a doorway or even need a doorway.

 

pullup bar versus portable pullup bar, inverted pullups, workout gadgets for officeWhat’s great about doing inverted pull-ups at the office is because so many people suffer from

 unexplained upper back and neck pain. A major reason for that pain is Muscle Imbalance associated with tight pec muscles and Not Enough Work on those opposing upper back muscles.



Think about it – when you’re at the office a majority of your time is with your shoulders pulled forward i.e. at your desk, computer, etc. This shortens your pec (chest) muscles - the same way a set of push-ups or bench press shortens your pecs. Not only that, how much time do you spend with your smart phone? Shoulders pulled forward, head tilted down -thats what causes this so-called unexplained upper back and neck pain.

The way you fix that pain is address the muscle imbalance, which means contract those upper back muscles!  This is what you do when you do an inverted pullup or rowing motions – you contract the muscles between your shoulder blades.  I’m talking about your mid-trapezius and rhomboids, which are the direct antagonist to your pec muscles. 


Unfortunately, so many people, especially women, don’t ever contract those upper back muscles 
and only further contract and shorten their pec’s due to their work activity and extra time with their smartphone, laptops, iPad, etc.


The WorkHorse
sells for less than 100 dollars and could be the best thing you can have by the water cooler other than water.  Give it a try! I’ve heard some offices have little competition as to how many someone can do in 5 minutes.

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