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Standing I-Y-T Exercise with Dumbbells

Leah Zahner
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Duration:   1 mins

Bowling can fatigue your back and shoulders especially if you sit a lot throughout the day for your job. This standing I-Y-T exercise with dumbbells is designed to target the biggest group of muscles in your shoulders and back, all in one exercise. You will spell the letters I, Y, and T with your arms.

The I-Y-T exercise is a full-range-of-motion exercise for your shoulders, and the benefits include:

  • Strengthening joints
  • Enhancing muscle coordination
  • Promoting muscle growth
  • Improving bone density, balance and posture

Let’s get started.

Doing the I-Y-T Exercise: Step 1

Standing upright with the dumbbells down by your thighs, lift your arms straight forward and then return them to the starting position. You’ve just made an I with your dumbbells.

I-Y-T Exercise 1

Step 2

This time, lift your arms up again, but extend them out a little bit more to make the Y in this exercise.

I-Y-T Exercise 2

Step 3

Finally, lift your arms directly out to the side to make the T in this exercise.

I-Y-T Exercise 3

Try to avoid lifting with your lower back while doing this exercise. You want to generate momentum from your shoulders. It’s a great exercise to do before weight lifting and before your bowl. It gets the shoulders and back ready for more rigorous work.

For more exercises with dumbbells, check out How To Do Dumbbell Lunges and Overhead Tricep Extension with a Dumbbell.

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