If your dream dress is strapless, chances are you want to tone your shoulders, arms and back. Combine these workout moves with cardio for an upper body you’ll feel confident showing off.
Lunge with Side Raise
This move really helps to sculpt the shoulders plus, because you’re adding a lunge, you’re also burning more calories. Stand holding a resistance band, front foot on the band. Extend your arms out to the side as you drop into a lunge, bending both knees to 90 degrees. Inhale as you come up, reversing the movement.
Unlike a traditional push-up, the diamond push-up really targets the triceps to give you toned arms. Begin on your knees or your feet, hands in a close grip with your thumbs and pointer fingers forming a triangle. Inhale as you lower your chest towards the floor, using your core to keep your body in a straight line. Exhale as you come back up.
Just like the diamond push-up, triceps dips really help to tone and sculpt your upper arm. Begin with your hands shoulder-width apart on a sturdy surface like a chair or step bench. Keeping your elbows in the same spot, bend them, slowly lowering your body towards the floor. Exhale as your press through your palms and straighten your arms, returning back to the starting position.
In addition to targeting those arms, the reverse plank is great for sculpting shoulders while also working your core and glutes. Begin laying on your back, legs extended and hands under shoulders. Exhale as you lift up, working to keep your body in a straight line.
Bent Over Wide Row
The bent over wide row is the perfect move for really honing in on those upper back muscles. Begin with feet shoulder-width apart and hinge at the hips with a slight bend in your knees. Exhale as you row, driving your elbows up and back and squeezing your shoulder blades together before slowly lowering back to the starting position. Ensure that your back remains straight and not rounded throughout the exercise.
Sometimes you gotta train like a beast to look like a beauty! This move is amazing for targeting your total arm, and also requires a ton of core strength. Begin on all fours and raise your knees an inch off the ground. Keeping your knees raised, step forward with an opposite arm and leg for four paces, before moving backwards, really driving through the arms.
Renegade rows or plank rows target your upper back while also working your resting arm and core. Begin in a plank position, dumbbells in hand. Exhale as you raise one dumbbell and row, keeping your elbow pulled in to your side and hips stable. Inhale as you return to starting position, alternating arms.
Down Dog Push-Up
This variation on a push-up is great for your shoulders and allows you to complete a shoulder press using your own body weight. Begin in a downward facing dog position, hips to the sky and hands shoulder-width apart. Slowly bend your elbows, lowering the crown of your head towards the floor and then press back up to the starting position on an exhale.
More triceps toning! Begin in a downward facing dog position with hands shoulder-width apart. Bending your elbows, lower your forearms towards the floor. Push through the triceps as you extend back to your starting position.
This is a go-to move for strengthening those arms! Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees relaxed. Exhale as you lift the weights up, keeping your elbows tucked into your sides. Slowly lower back to the starting position. For an extra variation, try switching your grip and performing hammer curls as well as reverse grip biceps curls.
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