Rear Deltoid Flye

Strengthen your back muscles (and your confidence) with this simple weight–lifting move.

Rear Deltoid Flye
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Exercise is the ultimate confidence booster. You feel a sense of accomplishment after you complete your workout, and all that movement triggers the release of endorphins, brain chemicals that fight stress. To get started, try this back–strengthening move designed by Minna Lessig, a Virginia–based fitness expert and author of Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom (Rodale, 2007).

Rear deltoid flye
Benefit: Strengthens the back

A. Stand with your feet together, toes facing forward. Hold a light dumbbell (5 pounds or less) in each hand and rest your arms at your sides, palms facing your outer thighs. Contract your abdominals

B. Slowly lean forward from your hips until your upper body is angled about 45 degrees. Keep your back straight and your head in line with your spine. Let your arms hang down in front of you, palms facing each other.

C. Lift the weights out to your sides almost to shoulder height so you're creating one long line from hand to hand. Bring the weights back down slowly and repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions.