If your goal is to have strong arms that will allow you to carry all of your grocery bags in one trip — and look absolutely spectacular in a strapless wedding dress — these moves are for you. That's because the exercises use resistance bands, which are an incredibly effective (and portable) tool for strengthening your upper body. Check out the six moves below, and rejoice because there's not a single push-up involved.
1. Power Punch: Works shoulders, triceps, biceps, butt, thighs
Anchor center of band at hip height. Stand with back to anchor, holding handles at hips, elbows bent, palms up. Lunge left leg forward as you punch with right hand; repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do three sets of 12 reps.
2. Flex & Crunch: Works biceps, abs
Anchor center of band about 2 feet off floor and sit with feet flat, holding handles in front of you, palms up; curl handles toward you so biceps engage. Lie back to floor; sit up, biceps still engaged. Do three sets of 12 reps.
3. Feisty Fighter: Works shoulders, back, obliques, legs
Stand on band with feet wide, knees soft, a handle in each hand. Pivot on right toe as you uppercut punch to left. Quickly repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
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4. X-Raise: Works shoulders, back, outer thighs
Stand on band with feet hip-width apart; crisscross it in front of you and hold handles at hips, palms in. Step to left as you raise hands to chest, elbows out. Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
5. Biceps Burn: Works arms
Stand on band with feet more than hip-width apart, a handle in each hand, arms locked at sides, palms up. Curl handles up until you feel biceps engage; lower arms to start, then rotate hands in front of body and curl toward chest. Lower and return to start for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.
6. Curl & Crunch: Works arms, abs
Lie faceup with center of band around feet, legs extended and hovering above floor, a handle in each hand, palms up, arms at sides to start. Curl hands toward chest with elbows at sides as you crunch up, raising legs a little higher. Lower to start; repeat. Do 20 reps.