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Dumbbell press

This is my go-to all-around arm and back strength exercise. If you don’t have weights you can add resistance by taking an old t-shirt, twist it up until it’s a straight line, and hold each end with one hand, close enough so there’s tension.

Starting position: Lie on your back with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the ground. Hold one weight in each hand and bring them in front of your chest. Your upper arms should be parallel to the floor (either resting on the floor or hovering slightly above) and your lower arms vertical, palms facing away.

Press: Press the dumbbells upward until your arms are fully extended and parallel to each other. You can rotate your palms to face each other at the top. Slowly lower dumbbells back to starting position and repeat.

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