What would the perfect upper body workout look like for a woman? Well, it would consist of exercises that hit all the major muscle groups above the waist – equally. This way, you’ll prevent muscle imbalances (caused by underdeveloped muscle) that can lead to injury. Without further ado, here it is:
I’ve given you two exercises per muscle group. Pick one exercise from each muscle group to make up your workout. Change it up slightly each workout so you don’t do the exact same routine over and over again.
1. The Push-up
Support Muscles: Triceps, Deltoids, Core
Some call this exercise the king of all upper-body exercises. The Pushup involves a great deal of cooperation between many different muscle groups, making it an effective compound exercise. It primarily trains the pectoral muscles of the chest, but also goes a long way in developing upper body strength in general.
2. Alternating Dumbbell Press (On A Ball)
Support Muscles: Triceps, Core
The support ball forces your body to recruit its stabilizer muscles, making this workout not just beneficial for your pectorals, but for your whole upper body. After a few sets of these, you’ll really feel it in your core too.