Four Exercises (With Weights) To Strengthen Your Upper Body

Try this shoulder burning circuit for your next upper body workout.

Complete 2-4 rounds of 12 reps each.  One-minute break between sets.  Go!


Arnold Press
Start with dumbbells held in front of you, palms facing you like a bicep curl.  Rotate your arms out while pressing the weights up into a wide shoulder press.  Slowly lower the weights back down into the starting position.

Lateral Raise Forward Rotation

Front & Lateral Raise combo
Start with arms long and palms facing the tops of your thighs.  With a slight bend in your elbows and thumbs slightly angled upward, lift your arms directly in front of you, slowly lower down to start.  Lift your arms straight to a T and then slowly lower.  Repeat!


Lateral Raise Forward Rotation

Lateral Raise Forward Rotation
Lift to Lateral Raise, bring the dumbbells together in front of you while squeezing your chest, rotate back to a T and slowly lower weights to starting position.

Upper Body Thumb

Bent Arm Lateral Raise Forward Press
Start with arms bent into a half curl, elbows hugging side body.  Keeping the elbow and wrist alignment, lift the elbows up to shoulder height, then press the weights forward.  Pull the elbows back to the peak of your bent arm raise, then slowly lower down to starting position.

Screenshot 2023 01 14 At 103742 AmI am Anna Kestler, born and raised in Pittsburgh, where I co-own a fitness studio, Sweat PGH.  I am a fully certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. My love for fitness started at a young age with basketball and continued into the collegiate level at The College of William & Mary. I love the way fitness can not only transform the body and mind, but how we can use it to break through boundaries and realign to heal ourselves naturally.

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