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5 Tips To Improve Upper Body Strength

if weight lifting isn't your thing, thats alright! look here to learn 5 ways of gaining upper body strength using your own body!

1. Push ups 

  • Start in a high plank with your palms flat, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, legs extended behind you, and your core and glutes engaged.
  • Bend your elbows and lower your chest to the floor. Drop to your knees if needed.
  • Push through the palms of your hands to straighten your arms. That's 1 rep.

2. Plank up- downs

  • Start in a high plank with your palms flat, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, legs extended behind you, and your core and glutes engaged. Place your feet hip-width apart.
  • Lower your left arm so that your forearm is on the floor. Then, do the same with your right so that you're in a forearm plank.
  • Reverse to return to a high plank. That's 1 rep.
  • As you move, keep your hips as still as possible. To make this easier, try widening your legs a little more.

3. Plank Tap 

  • Start in a high plank with your palms flat, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, legs extended behind you, and your core and glutes engaged.
  • Tap your right hand to your left shoulder while engaging your core and glutes to keep your hips as still as possible.
  • Do the same thing with your left hand to right shoulder. That's 1 rep.
  • Continue, alternating sides.
  • To make this easier, try separating your legs a little more.

4. Lateral Plank Walk 

  • Start in a high plank with your palms flat, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders directly above your wrists, legs extended behind you, and your core and glutes engaged.
  • Step right, leading with your right hand and right foot, maintaining a plank as you move. This is 1 rep.
  • Do your reps in one direction, and then repeat in the opposite direction

5. Triceps Box Dips

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat and your back against a box or step. Place your hands on the box, fingers toward your body. If your box is high, like the one pictured here, place your hands on the box first, and then walk your heels out so you can comfortably lower your body in front of the box without hitting it.
  • Straighten your arms to lift your butt, then bend your elbows to lower yourself without sitting down completely. That's 1 rep.
  • Keep your heels on the floor and your elbows pointed directly behind your body (not flared out to the side).