The Best 20-Minute Upper-Body Workout For Women

Sculpt those arms.


Jen Ator |

Time: 20 minutes

Equipment: Pair of five to 10 pound dumbbells, bench

Good for: Upper body

Instructions: Starting with the first move, complete as many reps as possible for 50 seconds while maintaining proper form. Then rest for 10 seconds as you prepare for the next exercise. Repeat this pattern through all six moves, then rest for one minute. Complete three rounds total.

Alternating Shoulder Press and Twist

How to: Hold dumbbells at shoulder height, elbows bent and palms facing you. Rotate your torso to the left as you press the dumbbell in your right hand at a slight angle over your head. Reverse to return to start, then repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Continue to the next move.

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Kneeling Lateral to Front Raise

How to: Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length by your sides and kneel on the ground. Bracing your core and keeping your arms straight, raise the weights out to the side until they are in line with your shoulders. Lower back to start, then bring the weights in front of your thighs; raise them in front of you to shoulder height, then return to start. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Continue to the next move.

Wide-Stance Pushup

How to: Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor, then extend your legs behind you with your feet about three feet apart; your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your core tight, bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor. Press back to start. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Continue to the next move.

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Overhand Bent-Over Row

How to: Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend forward from your hips to lower your chest toward the floor, arms hanging directly from your shoulders and palms facing away from your body. Brace your core, then pull the weights toward your rib cage, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Pause, then lower back to start. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Continue to the next move.

Rear Lateral Raise

How to: Grab a pair of dumbbells and bend forward at the hips until your torso is nearly parallel to the floor. Let the dumbbells hang straight down from your shoulders, palms facing each other. Without moving your torso, raise your arms straight out to the sides until they’re at shoulder height. Slowly return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Continue to the next move.

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Decline Shoulder Taps

How to: Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor, then extend your legs behind you placing them on a step or bench. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your core tight and your hips parallel to the floor, raise your right hand and tap your left shoulder. Return to start, and repeat on the opposite side. Continue alternating as quickly as possible for 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Return to first move. Complete three rounds total.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com 

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