- Hold one dumbbell in each hand, palms facing thighs, arms straight down in front of you.
- Stand tall with good posture; knees slightly bent, abs tight, chest up.
- Without rocking the body or using momentum, lift the dumbbells up to shoulder height, no higher, and slowly lower back to start.
- You can lift both dumbbells at once, or alternate one at a time, although lifting both at once will challenge the core muscles more than a unilateral lift.
Variation: This exercise can also be performed using elastic tubing, with the tubing anchored at the bottom of a door. Face away from the door when you lift tubing handles and keep body still and abs tight as you perform exercise.