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The ‘new normal’ is already here, which means many of you will begin to step out of comfort wear and back into business attire.
The thought of non-elastic pants has us all worried. We have enlisted the team behind SOMA Collection in the Sydney CBD to show us how we can look our best in a suit with strengthening movements.
Look better in a suit with two simple movements
SOMA Collection breaks down how to lift your suit game. Simon Anderson, Co-Founder of SOMA Collection understands the importance of a good looking suit, he is responsible for keeping some of the leading Sydney executives in shape and suit-sharp.
Start by warming up the area by laying flat on a bench in a comfortable position to allow for a neutral spine. Have your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width on the broomstick and slowly lower and raise as far as your mobility allows. Do this 10-20 times.
Exercise 1: Single arm cable row with thoracic rotation
This movement targets your upper body explicitly while also working your midsection with the added rotation.
The key during this movement is to avoid leaning forward, keep your chest up and your core tight. By activating and turning on the muscles we plan to work, we elevate the exercise even more. Our core stabilisers our spine, so tensing the area keeps our back protected.
> Start by sitting on the bench facing the machine (ensure you have clipped in the handgrip extension).
> Have feet firmly planted on the ground and ensure you are close enough to grab the handle at the start position without leaning forward, your back should stay up straight the whole time.
> As you pull the handle towards your body in a straight line to finish at the side of mid-section, twist your body.
> To keep your back straight and engage the unweighted bicep, mimic the same movement of reaching forward and back.
Do this at home by using a secured band for resistance and sit on chair or bench.
This exercise does it all when it comes to improving how you look in a suit. It engages the muscles across your back, shoulders, biceps and your abs. It will also take your overall posture to a new level, making how you look and feel in a suit even better.
Exercise 2:Kneeling rope face pull
Now is where we target our shoulders, specifically our deltoid muscles, which is the muscle that forms the contour on our shoulder. The more defined this muscle is the better our clothing sits, as we reduce the slumped shoulder appearance.
This movement is also the best to counteract poor shoulder positioning from daily life, such as looking down at your phone, sitting at a computer – take stock right now, how are you sitting?
Are you slouching forward with your neck positioned down? This will help correct that modern-day weakness.
> Begin in a half-kneeling position with your bended knee directly below your hip.
> Your grip on the rope should be at about a 45-degree angle as when you pull down you want to finish at your face.
> Engage your core muscles to hold your back up straight and tall, you should not lean forward at all.
> Pull the rope down, tracking elbows out so they finish directly in line with your shoulders and your hands finish at the side of your face.
Do this at home by securing a band to a position above your head.
Work for strength not speed. None of these movements is about speed; they are about control and mind-muscle connection. Focus on engaging every muscle you are using and breathing in when you pull and out when you push.
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