Sculpting your upper body is just as important as your legs when it comes to building a balanced body. Your shoulders and arms are generally your most prominent muscle groups when wearing summer fashion styles and beachwear. To shape your upper body, perform these shoulder exercises and give your shoulders the attention they deserve.
Perform each exercise directly after the other, back to back, until you complete the entire circuit. Perform 20-25 repetitions for each exercise. Rest for 60 seconds after completing a circuit. Complete 3-5 circuits.
FORM TIP: Keep your abdominal muscles engaged and your core contracted throughout exercise.
1 SEATED SHOULDER PRESS
Hold the dumbbells at shoulder level with palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells overhead. Slowly lower the weights to the initial position and repeat.
2 DUMBBELL FRONT RAISE
Stand upright. Hold the dumbbells in front of you. Lift both dumbbells up until your arms reach shoulder level. Return to the initial position and repeat.
3 STANDING LATERAL RAISE
Stand upright. Lift both dumbbells up to the side, to shoulder level. Keep your elbows slightly bent and wrists in line with your forearms. Slowly lower the weights back to the initial position and repeat.
4 BENT OVER FLYS
From a standing position bend over by hinging at the hips. Lift both arms up and out at the same time, to shoulder level. Keep your elbows slightly bent throughout the exercise. Return the weights under control to the initial position and repeat.
5 REVERSE CABLE CROSSOVER
Stand between the two pulleys of a cable crossover rig. Grasp each of the stirrup handles from the top position with the opposite hand, crossing your arms over in front of you. Take a step back until the cables pull taut. Pull the stirrups out to the sides across your body. Maintain a stiff elbow position throughout the exercise. Return the handles to the initial position under control and repeat.