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An Upper-Body Workout for Sculpted, Sexy Shoulders

Summer is all about tank tops, strapless maxi dresses, and halter bikinis, which means that by the time the thermometer hits 70 degrees, you better be ready to bare arms and show off some seriously scultped shoulders. But that kind of definition doesn't come overnight, so even if you haven't quite stowed all your sweaters yet, you should be upping your shoulder game at the gym. We tapped celebrity trainer Astrid Swan for her best upper body moves. Add these to your workout routine and you'll be ready to rock any sleeveless number come summer. 

How it works: Repeat workout 3 times a week

Total Time: up to 45 minutes

You will need: Free weights

1. Pushup Rotation with Dumbbells

A.

Start in pushup position, left hand on the floor, right hand holding the weight.

B.

Open body up to the right and lift right arm in the air, squeezing your back and keeping your hips lifted. Return slowly to starting position. Repeat 10 reps before starting the other side.

Sets:

1

Reps:

10 per side

2. Overhead Press

A.

Start standing with dumbbells in your hands, arms straight down and touching your thighs, palms facing inward. Lift elbows up so hands land at chest level.

B.

From here, separate hands to shoulder level and then rotate palms up to land in goal post position.

C.

Press all the way up into a shoulder press and follow all the steps back to starting position.

Sets:

1

Reps:

12

3. Y Swing

A.

Start standing in a wide stance, arms straight down and weights parallel between your legs. Shift your hips back and bend your knees slightly.

B.

Keeping your core tight, swing your arms up in the air. As your weights get to chest level, let them open up and rotate forward into a Y position.

Sets:

1

Reps:

15

4. Cross Curl

A.

Hinge forward at the hips, keeping your back flat and a small bend in your knees. Let arms holding onto weights dangle down in front you of.

B.

Cross your right arm over your left arm and then pull your elbows up to a 90 degree angle squeezing your upper back and slowly release down. Switch to left arm in front of right. Your ending position should remind you of a scarecrow!

Sets:

1

Reps:

20

5. Uppercut

A.

Start standing with dumbbells in your hands, feet in a wide stance. Keep elbows bent and close to sides, palms up.

B.

Using power from your core and your legs, pop your weight to the upper left and right with a small twist in the torso.

Sets:

1

Reps:

30

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