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Get Slim Without the Gym: Upper-Body Toners

  • Karen Pearson

    Band Biceps Curl

    Target: Biceps

    • Stand with right foot in middle of band, holding one end of band and a dumbbell in each hand (wrap ends of band around dumbbells and place palms over).
    • Keeping elbows by sides, turn palms forward and curl both hands up to shoulders. Do 10 reps.
    • Next, curl one hand up at a time, alternating sides. Do 10 curls on each side. Repeat combo.
  • Karen Pearson

    Ball Flye

    Targets: Chest and abs

    • Lie faceup on ball with your upper back on its center, knees bent and feet flat on floor, holding one end of band and a dumbbell in each hand.
    • Extend arms straight toward ceiling, directly over shoulders.
    • Keeping elbows slightly bent, open arms out to sides, then bring them back to center. Do 15 reps.
  • Karen Pearson


    Targets: Shoulders, triceps, abs

    • Lie facedown on ball with your belly on its center, holding a dumbbell in each hand, legs extended, toes resting on floor. Start with arms by sides and parallel to torso with elbows slightly bent, palms facing up.
    • Lower arms straight down until hands touch floor in line with hips.
    • Keeping head in line with neck, press arms straight up to back; lower. Do 8 reps. Rest, then repeat.
  • Karen Pearson

    Hand Slide

    Targets: Upper back, shoulders, triceps, chest, and abs

    • Start in full push-up position (balancing on hands and toes) with a disc under each hand.
    • Keeping body still, slide left hand forward a few inches; slide back. Then slide right hand forward a few inches and slide back to complete 1 rep.
    • Keeping abs engaged, do 5 reps.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.