6 Upper-Body Strength Exercises

Slim, fit upper body? You know the body—the toned shape that looks good in everything. To realize your fitness ambition,

Start with weights and dedication. Six expert-recommended upper-body strength workouts do the rest.

Overhead press

According to Fitness & Muscle, the overhead press is often regarded as the best exercise for gaining upper-body strength and size.

Bicep Curls

It's common knowledge that having toned biceps is a key component of a healthy body. That's why the bicep curl is one of Cote's favorite upper-body strength-training moves.

Chest Press

Start the chest press with two dumbbells. With knees bent, place your feet hip-width apart. Hold the weights in a "O" shape in front of you.

Work the Shoulders

Start shoulder activation with two dumbbells. Place your feet hip-width apart and bend your knees. Your arms should be straight in front of your shoulders.

Work the Triceps

Start with a dumbbell each. With knees bent, place your feet hip-width apart. Hip-hinge forward. Straighten your arms and raise your elbows.



Pushups, as a final but certainly not least strength training move, will bring this series of exercises for a toned upper body to a close.

Start in a plank position with your hands just outside your shoulder span. Bring back both legs until you're standing on the balls of your feet and your feet are hip-width apart.