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7 Essential Free-Weight Exercises For The Upper Body

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Nowadays, gyms look like something out of a Transformers movie, packed with complex “state-of-the-art” machinery that is capable of causing confusion via a visual overload of resistance cables, welded metal, and handles/pads. It is estimated that the average gym spends about $30,000 – $80,000 on equipment.

While these specialized training stations can certainly bring impressive results, many old-school pros argue that the indisputably cheaper free weights work better because they force your muscles to maintain more controlled and fluid motions. Here are the top 7 free-weight exercises for the upper body:

1. Curls

The curl is the quintessential poster child of all bodybuilding exercises, so you probably don’t need someone to tell you how to do one. But just in case you do — hold the dumbbell firmly in your hand and extend your arm down to your side with the inside of your wrist facing straight ahead. Then slowly lift the dumbbell while making an effort to use only your bicep. Keep your elbow joint in a stationary position the whole time for maximum isolation.

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Samantha Taylor is an experienced aerobics teacher who is knowledgeable about all types of exercise and nutrition regimens.

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