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Strengthen your upper body in just five moves with this 20-minute dumbbell workout

 Man doing dumbbell curls at home.

Man doing dumbbell curls at home.

Strengthening your shoulders is a great way to shake up your workout routine. This often-overlooked area plays a crucial role in your upper body, but can end up shrugged off in favor of ab or core workouts instead.

But whether you’re carrying grocery bags, moving furniture, or plucking an item off the top shelf at the supermarket, your shoulders are involved, so it pays to have a strong and healthy set.

Fortunately, you don’t need loads of expensive equipment to achieve this. With just a couple of dumbbells (or adjustable dumbbells, if you have them), you can develop more robust shoulders with this workout from Sweat app trainer Britany Williams.

There are five upper body exercises, and the aim is to do up to 10 repetitions of each, resting for 30-60 seconds before taking on the next move. Repeat the five-move sequence three times for a 20-minute routine to strengthen your shoulders.

Watch Britany William’s five-move shoulder workout

Not only will this workout help you build shoulder muscle and strength, it will also lower your chance of injury by bolstering the stability of the joint.

Most moves in this routine won’t just work your shoulders either. Inclusions like the Arnold press and military press are examples of compound exercises, which recruit multiple joints and muscles simultaneously.

As a result, they will activate your shoulder muscles and target your triceps (the long muscles running down the back of your arm) in one fell swoop. This is part of the reason you can get such an effective session packed into just 20 minutes.

But to really see the benefits, it’s crucial to focus on your form. You can practice your technique using Williams’ demonstrations before you start, which will help

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