I just finished doing one of my go-to upper body workouts, and thought I would share it with you. It’s simple, challenging, and hits every muscle group in your upper body. Here are just a few benefits this workout can give you:
- Builds muscle. Because of the low rep ranges, these exercises dramatically increase lean muscle content. Ladies, are you looking to get defined arm, shoulder, and back muscles (something we naturally lack)? Using heavy weights for low reps is the way to go. Tons of reps with really tiny dumbbells won’t get you anywhere. But don’t worry, the muscle you do build will be lean and feminine, and not by any means bulky.
- Burns fat. Muscle burns fat, even after your workout is complete. This is why lifting weights is some of the best ways to lose weight. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do any cardio, but you might be surprised at just how effective weightlifting is for fat loss. Don’t believe me? Check out this awesome post.
- Increases functional strength. By using supersets (alternating between 2 exercises for each set), these simple exercises will build a lot of functional strength, which will carry over into your every day life. All of your pushing and pulling muscles will be screaming by the end of this workout.
So without further ado, here is a simple, do-anywhere, upper body sculpting workout:
Biceps & Chest: 3-5 sets of the following. Rest 30-60 seconds after each set.
- 10 Pushups
- 8 Curls
Lats & Triceps: 3-5 sets of the following. Rest 30-60 seconds after each set.
- 5 Pullups
- 8 Weighted Dips
Shoulders & Upper back: 3-5 sets of the following. Rest 30-60 seconds after each set.
- 8 Shoulder Presses
- 8 Lateral Flys
And there you have it! A super simple (but very challenging!) upper body workout. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!