Listen up, office vultures: if you’ve been feeling a little sore in the neck, shoulders and back lately, you’re ready for some serious upper body stretching. Heaven knows I am. I was surprised to discover how stiff I was when I did Kim Kardashian’s “Fit In Your Jeans by Friday: Amazing Abs Body Sculpt DVD yesterday.
Think you’re amply stretched? Try a little test:
- Raise your arms above your head.
- Pinch your shoulder blades back into a ‘V.’
- Stretch your arms back behind you and twist your palms out.
Are you in pain? Are your arms tingling? Did you just pass out? Yep — it’s time to get stretching and toning. But back up: did I say Kim Kardashian’s upper body workout is the answer to your pain? Maybe. I think I’ve joined the ranks of women who bought the DVD as a joke and ended up agreeing with the Kim Kardashian workout DVD reviews: it’s “a Surprisingly Awesome Hit.”
Here’s why I liked Kim’s workout video (plus a few reasons I didn’t):
- Kim may be a little slow on the uptake (or downward facing dog), but thankfully, her fitness trainer, Jennifer Galardi, knows what she’s doing. Like the other two DVDs in the Fit in Your Jeans by Friday workout series, it’s a fairly challenging workout.
- The video kicked off with active stretching for the whole upper body, stretching deep into the muscles we tend to ignore (and a lot of yoga instructors do too).
- It’s like watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” but you’re getting buff at the same time.
- While I loved the stretching series and arm workouts, it wasn’t my favorite core workout. I didn’t feel the burn in my abs and obliques as much as I do with other core exercises.
- Not as funny, or as fun to do, as the other two Fit in Your Jeans videos.
- Push-ups. Ugh.
Being stuck at the keyboard all day can lead to serious muscle and joint troubles (what the kids are calling “laptop-itis“). But a good workout can elongate your spine, open your chest, improve posture, loosen up the wrists and fingers, and relieve neck and back tension — the gamut of the desk-bound lady’s gripes.
I recommend Kim’s DVD for anyone who wants to improve upper body strength and flexibility. Especially if you like laughing while you work out.
You can also take a yoga class or ‘dynamic sitting class,’ or create your own upper body routine to counteract those long days at the office. Next stop: the government’s guide to creating an ergonomic work station.
So, would you wear a corset to keep your core engaged?
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