Rock the shoulder-baring outfit of your choice with dumbbell moves that target your triceps, deltoids, biceps, and pecs for a chiseled upper body
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
1. Pushup Rotation with Dumbbells
Start in pushup position, left hand on the floor, right hand holding the weight.
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.
10 per side
2. Overhead Press
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.
From here, separate hands to shoulder level and then rotate palms up to land in goal post position.
Press all the way up into a shoulder press and follow all the steps back to starting position.
3. Y Swing
Start standing in a wide stance, arms straight down and weights parallel between your legs. Shift your hips back and bend your knees slightly.
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.
4. Cross Curl
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.
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!