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7 Exercises That Will Give You an Insanely Toned Upper Body

Being slim is vastly different than being strong. When it comes to upper body strength, many women shy away from lifting weights or performing bodyweight exercises because they’re scared they’ll bulk up. This common misconception has exaggerated the gulf between a man’s upper body strength and a woman’s. It is also plays a role in the number of women who have slim arms with no real strength or flabby arms with no muscle tone.

Mix and match these workouts to target your trouble areas.

1. Arm extension

Woman exercises with resistance bands

Woman exercises with resistance bands Grab resistance bands and go for this exercise. | iStock.com/Edward Bock

Grab your resistance band and anchor it securely so it’s about a foot off the floor. Lie on your back with your toes pointing away from the band. Hold each end of the band, elbows bent to 90 degrees while squeezing your arms tight to your sides with your palms facing your legs. Contract your abs and lift your legs to a tabletop position so that your knees are bent 90 degrees over your hips. From here, extend your arms and lift your head and shoulder blades off the floor, curling up over your ribs. Bend your elbows back to 90 degrees and lower your head to the floor. Do 15 reps for a total of three sets.

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