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A Strong, Sculpted Upper Body

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Exercise Tip: Upper Body StrengthTip of the Week

Entering the warmer season we would all love to bare our beautiful, strong shoulders and trimmed arms. Make this upper body routine part of your daily lifestyle and in a few weeks of consistent work…you’ll see results!

Arnold pressOverhead Press for your shoulders

Equipment needed: two 2lbs dumbbells—increase the weight as you get stronger.

Overhead pressYou can begin in a seated position on a chair or a ball, or by standing up with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hold the weights in your hands, with your elbows bent at 90 degrees and the weights next to your shoulders.  Straighten your elbows and push the weights above your head, palms facing forward. Do not lock your elbows. Lower your arms to the beginning position. Complete 3 sets of 20 repetitions each.

Kickbacks for tricepsKickbacks for your triceps (the back of your arms)

Equipment needed: two 2lbs dumbbells—increase the weight as you get stronger.

Kickbacks for tricepsBegin by bending your torso forward until you're at 90 degrees with your legs or parallel to the floor, elbows are bent, next to your ribcage and slightly higher than your torso. Straighten your arms by contracting your triceps, bringing the weights up slightly above your hips. Keep your abs tight pushing your belly button towards your spine, making sure to keep your back flat throughout the exercise. Your neck is neutral and you are facing down looking at the floor. Bend your arms at the elbow back to the beginning position. Complete 3 sets of 20 repetitions each.

Dips for tricepsDips for your triceps (the back of your arms)

Equipment needed: a step or a chair

Begin by sitting on a step or a chair with your hands right next to your thighs. Carefully, balance on your hands, while moving your hips away from the chair. Keep your legs straight (intermediate to advanced) or slightly bent (beginners). By bending your elbows lower your body a few inches, keeping your shoulders down and your elbows parallel to one another and at 90 degrees angle. Push yourself back up to starting position. Complete 3 sets of 20 repetitions each.

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