4 Upper Body Exercises

These upper body exercises strengthen the muscles in the arms but also work the core, shoulders, and back muscles. Do 10 reps of each exercise, repeat for 3 sets. To better challenge yourself during the first two arm workouts, try using a resistance band loop wrapped around the feet.

  1. Plank Shoulder Tapspush-ups
    • Start in a high plank position, placing your hands under your shoulders closer together
    • Keep the feet and knees wider apart to provide a more stable base
    • Engage your abs and glutes so that your body is in a straight line, lift one hand up off the ground and move it slowly to touch the opposite shoulder
    • Keep the hips square and do not rotate as you lift your hand to touch your shoulder
    • Lift the other hand and tap your other shoulder to complete one rep
  2. Tricep Dips
    • Using a stable chair or bench, sit on the edge and grip the edge next to your hips
    • Extend the legs and position your feet hip width apart with the heels touching the ground
    • Press into the palms to lift your body and slide forward just far enough that your behind clears the edge of the seat
    • Lower yourself until your elbows are bent between 45 to 90 degrees
    • Push yourself back up to the starting position with controlled movement