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Upper body exercises

Performing upper body exercises will not only work the muscles of your chest, shoulders, triceps and biceps, but can also work your heart and lungs.

Choose upper body exercises to meet your own strength / fitness levels. There is nothing wrong with starting at the basic beginners level at gradually increasing the amount of repetitions that you perform.

Whichever exercises you perform you should always follow the principals of good form and technique.

There is no point trying to perform an exercise that is to hard for you, especially if your a beginner - as this will simply cause you to perform the exercise with poor technique, which can cause injury.

Make a note of what exercises you do, and also how many reps you can perform of each exercise.

Try and work each exercise for as many repetitions as you feel comfortable with, this may be only 8 - 12 for some exercises and a lot more for others. Certain exercises are simply worked for a set time - look at slowly increasing the amount of time and reps that you can perform for each exercise.

Once you feel comfortable with all the exercises at the beginners level, move onto the next level, combining different exercises if you wish.

The good thing about this section of the site, is that we have given you so many different exercise ideas, simply choose the ones that you want to do and try and perform a home circuit 2 - 3 times per week, lasting 20 - 30 minutes each time.

Its vital that you work at your own pace, taking whatever rest you need to have between or during your exercises.

For better results, try and work with a partner or small group of a similiar fitness level, as this will help you stay motivated.

Having a small water bottle and towel at hand and also some music will also be useful.

Begin each session with a suitable warm-up and stretching routine to help avoid sore muscles

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