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6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body
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6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body

Ever seen a ballerina with shapeless shoulders or bra bulge? Didn't think so. That's why we're sold on this workout routine, designed by Tracey Mallett, creator of Booty Barre. It features six dance-inspired variations on familiar strength moves that focus on your arms, shoulders, back, and chest. Plus, because you stand in traditional ballet postures—like first position and plié—your butt and legs get in on the toning action too.

How it works: Twice a week, do 1 set of 12 reps of each exercise, without resting in between. Repeat the circuit once if you're a beginner or twice for a more intense workout.
You will need: Free weights
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6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand in plié position (feet wide, toes turned out, and knees bent) and squat. Hold weights in front of shoulders, elbows out to sides and palms facing floor. Punch forward with left arm. Bend left elbow to return to starting position; repeat on opposite side to complete 1 rep.
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Ballet Curl
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand in first position (heels together, toes out), and hold weights at shoulder height out to sides, palms facing ceiling. Bend left elbow, bringing hand toward head. Return to starting position; repeat with right arm to complete 1 rep.
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Balance Pulse
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand with feet together and hold a weight in each hand at sides, palms facing behind you. Bend forward from hips and bend right knee, shifting weight to left leg. Raise arms behind you; lower arms to starting position. Switch legs halfway through set.
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Plié Fly
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand in plié position and hold a weight in each hand next to head, elbows bent 90 degrees and palms facing forward.
  2. BBring hands toward each other in front of you, palms facing your face. Return to starting position.
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Windshield Wipers
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand in plié position and bend forward slightly from hips. Hold weights in front of your chest, perpendicular to the floor, with palms facing body.
  2. BLower weights in front of you, and then raise them out to sides, so palms face behind you. Return to starting position.
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Windmill
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body A
6 Easy Moves for a Buff Upper Body B

Recommended:

Sets:
2-3
Reps:
12
  1. AStand in plié position, squat deep, and bend forward slightly from hips. Hold weights between legs, palms facing each other and elbows slightly bent.
  2. BRise up as you rotate right shoulder back and raise right arm straight up. Return to starting position; repeat on opposite side to complete 1 rep.
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