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Upper Body Workout for Toned Arms, Chest and Upper Back

10 Min • Upper Body
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    • Training Type Low Impact, Strength Training, Toning
    • Equipment Dumbbell
    • Membership Free


    I really like this 10 minute workout because of the diverse way that the upper body muscles are used. Each of the upper body exercises has a slight twist that incorporates an opportunity for more of a challenge, if you are looking for it. Because of the combination moves and demand on balance and weight distribution, many of these intervals also engage the muscles of the core; abs, obliques, and lower back.

    Make sure that you push yourself through these 10 minutes; really work to make them count. Ten minutes is far better than no minutes, and especially with a particularly smart training style like strength training, even a little can go a long ways towards boosting fitness, body health, strength, and weight loss. This is most true when you really stay present and push yourself and your strength while you're working out.

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    So what's the best way to do that with strength training? The answer is to focus on form and lift to challenge yourself. Make sure to do a warm up so that your muscles are properly ready to be pushed. When you go to choose an amount of weight to lift, you want to select a weight that's going to make the last 1-3 reps - or last 10 seconds of an interval, in this case - really difficult to complete. Not so heavy that it's impossible, or that your actual precision in execution of the move is sacrificed, but enough that you're ready for the set to be over. Your muscles might shake, you may be sweating and breathing as if you were doing cardio (especially with back to back supersets like we have in this routine). If you need to, drop the amount of weight that you're lifting during a set - I usually consider this a victory, rather than any kind of defeat. First, it means that you likely picked a weight that challenged your own strength. Second, it means that you value good form over ego, & you're not too proud to make the adjustments your body needs to have a smart workout, which is a good place to be.

    About this workout 
    Targets: Arms, Upper Back, Chest, Core
    Equipment: Dumbbells
    Length: 10 minutes
    Warm Up & Cool Down not included

    Printable Upper Body Workout: 45 Seconds Active, 15 Seconds Rest
    Curl + Press + Captain Morgan's
    Tricep Extension + Step
    Ventral + Reverse Fly 
    Push Ups
    Tricep Dip + Toe Touch
    Dumbbell Drop + Lunge
    Lateral to Ventral Raise
    Dumbbell Pass
    Shoulder to Shoulder Press
    Arm Circles

    Make sure to do a thorough cool down and stretch once you're finished. 

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    Thank you for working out with me!