During the summer, I try to avoid the gym. I like to exercise outdoors or take a Soul Cycle class. The fresh air is good for my soul. When I go to the gym, I always feel like I don’t know what I’m doing; I pick up a dumbbell, do a couple of bicep curls and then I’m on my way. But I know that that is not effective. We all want super-strong arms that we can show off—and use no matter what the task. But how do you get those arms? The secret is all in a simple idea: pulling.
Pulling exercises in your upper body involves using your muscles to pull weight toward your body, then moving the weight away from the body. One of the most familiar is one of the simplest, too: a standing exercise that involves a sit-down position that also moves weights in a vertical plane. There’s also a conventional lift—familiar to anyone who has watched a weightlifting competition—with a barbell.
But not all upper body pulling exercises involve weights; a stability ball comes in handy, too, helping to work arms and upper back. How do you get started on a beautiful upper body? Use the exercises in this graphic to combine your body with weights and other workout accessories and get going on a stronger-you journey today.
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