Get Strong Arms for the Summer – 5 Upper Body Exercises

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upper body strength

The swim-suit season is around the corner, and if you want to look great in those tank tops, it is imperative to work the upper body! It is as important, if not more than lower body, to focus on shoulders and arms. Broad arms tend to give an illusion of a smaller waist. So if you build muscles around your shoulders, and make them look prominent, the rest of your body will look smaller.

So here are my top 5 upper body exercise I do to define my arms, shoulders and back-

Traditional Bicep Curls– This is the most basic exercise with the help of which one can quite easily tone their biceps. Biceps are the easiest muscle group to target and build. Even with a few curls, you can see the instant difference.
bicep curls

Tricep Extensions – Triceps are a tough muscle group to work. It is even tougher for women, as they take longer to grow. But with regular tricep extension exercises and time, they will attain greater definition.
tricep extensions

Inclined Push-Ups – These are your regular push-ups, with a slight twist. Placing one’s legs on an elevation adds challenge to the exercise, helping one work the triceps and back muscles even more. This compound exercise also works the abs at the same time.
Inclined Push-Ups

Shoulder Press – This a great targeted exercise for the shoulders. What makes the difference in this exercise are the weights. One should try to gradually increase the intensity to see muscles grow and change.
shoulder press

Bent Over Row – This great compound movement works the lats, rhomboids, rear delts, traps and biceps as well. They target all the back muscles at the same time, making it an essential exercise for upper body strength training.
bent over row

Hope these help you in your journey towards greater upper body strength.

Always remember – being strong from within is the foundation for becoming strong on the outside. A weak mind, will never create a strong body. So stay focused and determined. You will get there 🙂

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Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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