My job is not boring…

BatNote

I missed the excitement by about 30 minutes… When I got to my client’s home she told me that animal control had just left with the little guy.  Who knows how he had gotten into the house, but apparently he was looking for some exercise tips.  My client’s husband had discovered the bat and put the above note on the door.

In case you’re wondering, I’m sure this is what he looked like…

But seriously, who couldn’t love this little face!

While we are on the subject of bats today, let’s talk about doing some “bat wing” exercises.  For the sake of my cute little pun, I am referring to the muscles of the upper arm as the bat wing muscles.  These muscles are the biceps and triceps.

The first exercise is called skull crackers.  It works those pesky triceps that like to jiggle on the backs of our arms.  Roll out on a Swiss ball and engage your core to make a bridge.  Raise both arms toward the ceiling and keep your upper arms fixed in that position.  Bend your elbows and bring the dumbbells to each side of your head. Warning: don’t crack your skull!  Return to starting position and do 12 to 15 reps.  Do two to three sets.  Glaring white legs are optional.

SkullCracker

Skull Crackers

The second exercise is called biceps curl.  Stand tall, engage the core, but don’t lock the knees.  Flex your biceps and bend your elbows until the dumbbells almost touch the front of your shoulders.  Return your arm to about 140 degrees while keeping your biceps flexed.  Repeat, doing 12 to 15 reps.  Again, do two to three sets.

Curls

Biceps Curls

And the third exercise is called kickbacks.  You can either stand on the floor, or for added core work, stand on a BOSU.  Bend your knees slightly and lean forward at the hips while keeping the back straight.  Raise the arms behind you so your arms are parallel to the floor.  Bend at the elbow and allow the forearm to travel toward the floor while keeping the upper arm parallel to the floor at all times.  Return your arm to the starting position while flexing the triceps.  Do two to three sets of 12 to 15 reps.

KickBacks

Kickbacks on a BOSU

  • Questions:
  • What wild animal, bird, or reptile have you found in your home?
  • What’s your favorite triceps exercise?
  • What’s your favorite biceps exercise?
Happy Running! ~ Deb