3 Exercises for Strong, Sexy Shoulders

If shoulders aren't high on your list of areas to sculpt, they should be. Strong, shapely shoulders make you look slimmer and younger by improving your posture and balancing out your hips and thighs. And since women store less fat above the waist, you'll see results from these 3 moves in just 2 weeks. Hello, sleeveless!

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Workout at a Glance


What You Need
3- to 5-pound dumbbells.

How to Do It
Do the entire routine 2 or 3 times per week on nonconsecutive days. Complete 2 sets of 8 to 12 reps of each move. Try the Main Move for each exercise first. If it's too difficult, do the Make It Easier variation. Not challenging enough? Try the Make It Harder option.

For Quicker Results
Do 3 sets of 12 reps of each exercise. When you can breeze through that, progress to the next level or use a heavier weight.

The Expert
Minna Lessig, a Virginia-based trainer and author of Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom, designed this workout.


Plank Walk



Main Move
Begin in push-up position, with arms extended and hands directly beneath shoulders. Keep body in line from head to heels. Walk left hand forward one step and follow with right. Walk back with left, then right for 1 repetition.


Make it Easier
Begin on hands and knees instead of toes.

Make it Harder
Walk hands all the way back toward feet, rolling up to a standing position (it's okay to bend your knees). Then walk hands forward into plank position.

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