Having a strong upper body is so much more important than just being able to sport enviable arms! Having a strong upper body improves your posture, reduces the risk of injury and helps with flexibility. As with all muscles in your body, participating in resistance training helps strengthen your bones; additionally, strength training helps reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
Often, when I start training clients, they think an individual is either strong in her lower body or upper body. The assumption is made that an individual can only have strength in one of the two areas. The good news is that just isn’t true. You can – and should be – strong in both your upper and lower body. You might naturally have more strength in your lower body, but that just means you have an opportunity to strengthen your upper body!
These are a few exercises that are my go-to upper body strengtheners. If you only have 15 minutes, give this upper body workout a try or tack it on to the end of an existing workout.
If you want more upper body workouts, check out some of my favorites:
15-Minute DB Upper Body Workout
Circuit 1 – Repeat 3 times:
Circuit 2 – Repeat 3 times:
10 Push-up Rotations (Into Side Plank)
10 Lying Chest Fly (option: add Leg Raises)
10 Bird Dogs
Circuit 3 – Repeat 3 times
10 Bicep Curls