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8 Minutes to a Gorgeous Upper Body

Go sleeveless in this season’s hottest blouses and dresses with this challenging upper-body workout.

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The key to rocking shoulder-baring sweaters and blouses this season is pairing them with a strong, toned upper body.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to speed hours in the gym to achieve an eye-catching upper body. What you need is a challenging workout—one that cranks up the intensity on your muscles and eliminates every last ounce of flab. Enter Tabata training, also known as the four-minute fat-burning workout. There’s a reason this type of high-intensity interval training is the go-to when you want to shed pounds and tone up fast—it works.

Getting started

A Tabata workout (not including warm up and cool down) involves performing 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of active recovery. You repeat this cycle eight times, for a total of four minutes of very short, intense bursts of exercise. In this particular workout, you’ll complete two Tabatas, for a total of eight minutes of high-intensity intervals.

What you need

  • Dumbbells. Choose a weight that’s light enough to perform back-to-back sets, but heavy enough to take you to failure.
  • A Tabata timer or stop watch.

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