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Partner Chest Flye with Rubberband

Firms and tones muscles of the chest

Equipment
One pair of three to five feet long rubberbands that you can purchase at sporting good stores. You can make your own by buying rubberbands used for slingshots at a hardware store or market. You can also use surgical tubing, which you can buy at a drugstore. If you need to shorten the band for more tension, make sure to loop it loosely around your hand. Always check your rubberband for tears before using it. As you get stronger, you can use two rubberbands instead of one.

Exercise:
  1. You only need one rubberband between you and your partner.
  2. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Your working arm should be at shoulder level with your palm facing down and your elbow slightly bent.
  3. Before you start the exercise, squeeze your shoulder blades together lightly. You win hold them together all throughout the exercise. Make sure you are standing enough of a distance away from your partner so there is tension in the rubberband.
  4. Keep your body steady as you slowly pull the band across your chest. Your partner will simultaneously do the same.
  5. Return to the starting position

Performance Tips

  1. Choose a partner who is approximately the same height and strength level.
  2. Exhale as you pull the band across your chest and inhale as you return to the starting position. .
  3. When returning to the starting position, continue to maintain tension in the rubberband and keep your shoulder blades squeezed together.
  4. As you pull the band across your chest, note that only your shoulder joint should be moving. Your wrist and elbow should remain motionless throughout the entire exercise. A common mistake is to pull the hand into the center of the chest instead of pulling across the chest.
  5. Keep your abdominal muscles tightened so you can maintain your balance.

Repetitions
Do one set of 12 to 15 repetitions. Rest. Do another two or more sets if you want to.
 

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