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Easy Upper-Body Shaper

Easy Upper-Body Shaper

Don’t let sweater weather prevent you from having more shapely arms and shoulders. This one move performed three times per week can have you well on your way to baring your biceps, triceps and shoulders in no time.

This shaping move is versatile, too, since it can be done using dumbbells or a resistance band. So, switch it up every other workout if you have access to both.

Ready? Let’s go!


Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and hands at your side—either with dumbbells in hand, or standing on the resistance band and grabbing the ends of the band in each hand.

Curl arms up to perform a bicep curl and squeeze for two counts. Then, holding this position, turn your hands so that the palms are facing forward.


Immediately push up overhead into a shoulder press, and hold for two counts. Now, turn your hands so that the palms are facing inward (toward each other). Keeping your arms locked overhead, slowly bend at the elbow and lower your hands behind your head, and then straighten back to perform a tricep press. (See image at top of page with dumbbell for proper arm position.)


Return back to starting position. Repeat 12 to 15 times—working your way up to these reps, if necessary. Rest for one minute and repeat set three to four times


You see? This move is easy peasy and will keep those arms and shoulders in tip-top shape!

In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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