Friday, August 5, 2022

20 Minute Shoulders and Abs Workout

Shoulders and Abs Workout

Here's a 20-minute shoulders and abs workout routine that you can do at home or in the gym. This workout targets both the shoulder muscles and the abdominal muscles for a comprehensive upper body and core workout. Perform each exercise for the prescribed number of repetitions or time, resting as needed between exercises. Aim to complete the entire circuit within 20 minutes.

Warm-Up (3-5 minutes):

  • Start with a dynamic warm-up to prepare your body for the workout.
  • Perform exercises such as arm circles, shoulder rolls, torso twists, and side bends to increase blood flow and mobility in the shoulders and core.

Main Workout (15-17 minutes):

  1. Shoulder Press (4 sets of 10 reps):

    • Hold a pair of dumbbells at shoulder height with palms facing forward.
    • Press the dumbbells overhead until your arms are fully extended.
    • Lower the dumbbells back down to shoulder height with control.
    • Engage your core throughout the movement to maintain stability.
  2. Plank Shoulder Taps (3 sets of 20 taps):

    • Start in a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders and your body in a straight line from head to heels.
    • Keeping your core engaged and hips stable, tap your left hand to your right shoulder.
    • Return to the starting position and tap your right hand to your left shoulder.
    • Continue alternating sides for the prescribed number of repetitions.
  3. Lateral Raises (4 sets of 12 reps):

    • Hold a pair of dumbbells by your sides with palms facing inward.
    • Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, raise the dumbbells out to the sides until they reach shoulder height.
    • Slowly lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position.
    • Focus on using the shoulder muscles to lift the weights, avoiding momentum or swinging.
  4. Bicycle Crunches (3 sets of 20 reps):

    • Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and knees bent.
    • Lift your shoulders off the ground and bring your left elbow towards your right knee while straightening your left leg.
    • Twist your torso and bring your right elbow towards your left knee while straightening your right leg.
    • Continue alternating sides in a pedaling motion, engaging your core throughout the movement.
  5. Front Raises (4 sets of 12 reps):

    • Hold a pair of dumbbells in front of your thighs with palms facing down.
    • Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, raise the dumbbells in front of you until they reach shoulder height.
    • Lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position in a controlled manner.
    • Focus on using the front shoulder muscles to lift the weights.
  6. Russian Twists with Dumbbell (3 sets of 20 twists):

    • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet lifted off the ground, balancing on your sit bones.
    • Hold a dumbbell with both hands in front of your chest.
    • Twist your torso to the right, bringing the dumbbell towards the floor beside your hip.
    • Twist back to the left and bring the dumbbell to the other side.
    • Continue alternating sides for the prescribed number of repetitions.

Cool Down (2-3 minutes):

  • Finish with a cooldown to stretch and relax the muscles.
  • Perform stretches such as shoulder stretches, triceps stretches, side bends, and spinal twists to release tension in the shoulders and core.

Remember to adjust the weight of the dumbbells and the intensity of the exercises based on your fitness level and goals. Focus on maintaining proper form and breathing throughout each exercise, and listen to your body to avoid overexertion or injury.


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