Build upper body muscle and increase your metabolism with only six exercises

Working out with weights is a great way to burn calories and a resistance session has the potential to keep your metabolism raised for up to 48 hours after exercise. Building muscle has many benefits and isn’t all about bulking, and this six-move upper body routine is a great place to start if you’re looking to build lean muscle mass.

There are lots of options when it comes to what weight you can build muscle with. Some people like to mix it up with different resistance machines and weights at the gym meanwhile others keep it simple and will use one of the best adjustable dumbbells to resistance train at home without using up lots of space.

For this upper body routine led by fitness trainer and co-founder of the EvolveYou (opens in new tab) workout app, Krissy Cela (opens in new tab), a barbell and some dumbbells are required. In the dumbbells vs barbells debate, both are great pieces of strength-building equipment and which you choose will depend on what your goal is.

When it comes to training the upper body, dumbbells suit a range of chest, shoulder, arm, and back exercises. Fortunately, you can easily complete this full routine from Cela using just a set of dumbbells.