Recently I’ve been going on my fair share of first dates. Clearly there are plenty of patterns I can discuss on this topic, but only a couple that revolve around fitness.
If you think about it, on a first date, there are TWO places your date touches. First, probably your hand when your getting out of the car or at the table. Then at the end of the date, what happens. There’s usually a hug, if it went well, a kiss then a hug. But always a hug, right? Which means, his or her hands are ALL OVER your back!
So, I contend, as I tell my SOULCYCLE classes during the 7 minutes weight section of class, that those of us who are single need to focus on toning our backs, just as much as our fronts. Now, obviously there are plenty of other good reasons to strengthening your back (posture being the big one), but my date stories are better for distraction when the burn settles into your lats, rear delts, and rhomboids.
I’m happy to report that several of my recent dates have made very nice comments about my back. I must be doing something right :)
So, what do I do?
- Light weights lots of reps pulling: this would be during my classes, but you can do the same thing ANYWHERE at any time. The point is that you focus on squeezing when you reach the farthest point of you pull, whether that is backwards in a row, or down in a pull down.
- Heavy weights less reps. Pulling until you’re muscles are fatigued.
- Yoga, downward and upward dogs are great for toning your back.
Click here to see my favorite back workout in the gym.
Vanessa Hudges, an avid SC rider, is a great example of a lovely backside :)