This is a great move for tank top season!

Figure 8’s target your shoulders, arms and upper back. While it doesn’t require as much movement as other exercises, it is deceptively challenging. It will seem easy at first, but your arms and shoulders burn at the end.

You can use almost anything for weight, but start off light, no more than 10 pounds. As you can see below, I’m using a water jug but you can hold on to books, a dumbbell, a backpack, get creative!


How to

  • Start by standing with your legs shoulder-width apart, holding your weight straight out in front of you
  • Move the weight in a figure 8 fashion, only rotating your torso slightly


  • Be sure to keep your butt tucked underneath you and your back straight
  • Keep form consistent even when you get tired

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