This summer, don't just shovel sand on the beach or dirt in the yard. If you want to firebomb fat and blast every muscle, try shoveling at the gym. â€śDumbbell shoveling is a dynamic exercise the targets your fast-twitch muscle fibers,â€ť says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., owner of StreamFit.com. Fast-twitch fibers have been shown to require more energy to contract than slow-twitch fibers, consequently cranking up your bodyâ€™s calorie furnace. Theyâ€™re also the fibers that are the most important for building strength and power.
Plus, the scooping motion involves almost every single muscle in your body. Think about it: Your fingers and forearms contract to grip the weight, your core stabilizes to fight against the side-to-side movement, your shoulder muscles control the acceleration and deceleration of the dumbbell, and your glutes, calves, and quadriceps work as you lower down and up. With just one move, youâ€™ll melt your middle and sculpt rock-solid muscle from head to toe. (Torch belly fat and chisel a rock-hard core with these 6 Tips for 6-Pack Abs.)
Ready to try it? Watch the video below to see how to perform dumbbell shoveling with perfect form.
If you want more fat-loss moves like dumbbell shoveling, enroll in The Ultimate Boot Camp Workout. Designed by Gaddour, the routine contains a series of 10 intense exercises that will help you torch belly fat, pack on muscle, and sweat your way to a six-pack.
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