Upper Body Exercises

by
Joel Runyon
last updated:
June 21, 2021

Our Complete list of upper body exercises

You don’t need to be a professional male bodybuilder to incorporate upper body workouts into your life. Sure, it’s nice to look good and feel confident, but strengthening your chest, shoulders, arms, and back will have you reaping fantastic benefits over the entire course of your life. 


Performing weight training will not only improve your cardiovascular health, but aids weight loss and posture as well. Other benefits include preventing injury, strengthening bones, and even make simple everyday chores like carrying the groceries easier. 


Beyond just being able to haul stuff out of your car, upper body strength translates to competitive sports as well. A strong back and arms are integral to activities like swimming, baseball, and rock climbing. In fact, it would be pretty difficult to envision doing just about any sport without proper upper body strength. 


And as our bodies slowly age over time, it’s important to keep our arms, shoulders, and heart healthy. Strong arms help lift us out of chairs, stop us from falling, and allow us to live longer free of injury. 


Check out our movement database on the Impossible Fitness site. There are tons of Upper Body workouts to try. You should be performing 1-2 sessions of 4-5 exercises that train this part of your body every week to see proper results. 


Some of the best movements are Pull Ups for the back, Lateral Raises for the shoulders, Chest Flys for the chest, and Biceps Curls for the arms. 


Beginners should start slow and with lighter weights until they have mastered their form first. But before you know it, you’ll be rewarded with a straighter back, bigger shoulders, and an improvement in all around health.

by
Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® and IMPOSSIBLE Fitness®. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.

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