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Right to Bare Arms: Upper-Body Workout

Sculpt a sexy upper body! These moves use your upper body to stoke your calorie burn so you can rock a little black dress all season long.

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Dead-Lift Row

What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
This workout is a circuit; perform the first set of each move, then complete the remaining moves before doing the second set.

Targets: Back, biceps, abs, butt, and hamstrings

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding a single dumbbell with both hands in front of hips, palms in.
  • Keeping back flat, hinge forward from hips to lower dumbbell toward floor.

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Weighted Jump Rope

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Bend elbows by ribs about 90 degrees so that forearms point out to sides, palms facing forward.
  • Jump up and down a few inches off floor, drawing small circles with dumbbells as if twirling a jump rope.
  • Do 2 sets of 16 jumps.

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Pass Under

Targets: Arms, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in right hand, arms by sides.
  • Lunge forward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, and pass dumbbell under right thigh from right hand to left hand.
  • Return to start, then quickly lunge forward with left leg, passing dumbbell under left thigh from left hand to right hand, to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 2 sets of 16 reps.

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Suitcase Swing

Targets: Shoulders, abs, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides, holding a dumbbell in right hand.
  • Lower into a squat.

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Overhead Press Pulse

Targets: Shoulders and upper back

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, with elbows bent 90 degrees out at shoulder level, palms facing forward (like a goalpost).

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spragd wrote:

This was terrible. You don't explain the exercises so that we have to watch the video then we must watch the advertisement for each slide. I am willing to watch the commercial but show it once then let us see all of the exercises. I was not willing to sit through the last two moves so I have no idea if I am doing the correct.

6/5/2013 10:26:28 AM Report Abuse
joatc wrote:

what is a suitcase swing? your illustration is just a double leg squat holding dumbells in your hands. There is no swinging of anything in this exercise.

2/11/2013 03:10:16 PM Report Abuse
terriclinton1 wrote:

I agree, the explanations are not complete for the "after" exercise. The workout videos have better detail.

1/19/2012 09:36:04 PM Report Abuse
cgiar wrote:

you need to finish the wording for the exercises - you cannot always see the after shot and there might be something we don't understand.

8/29/2011 12:57:31 PM Report Abuse

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