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Right to Bare Arms: Upper-Body Workout

  • Karen Pearson

    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.



  • Karen Pearson

    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.
  • Karen Pearson

    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.
  • Karen Pearson

    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.
  • Karen Pearson

    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).