At SELF, we’re all about effective exercises that minimize the time you spend working out while maximizing those body-sculpting results. That’s why we love the oblique dip with lateral raise from Los Angeles-based trainer Astrid Swan—it’s a two-for-one exercise that works your shoulders and abs.
The move is part of the Abs and Arms Super-Sculpting Ladder workout from SELF’s brand-new, seven-day Best Bodies Challenge. Here’s how to do it: Start standing with feet hip-distance apart holding a weight (start with 5- to 8- pounds) in each hand with arms by sides. Stretch over to left, sliding left hand down leg toward knee. Pause and lift right arm out to side at shoulder-height. Lower and return to standing. That’s 1 rep; alternate sides with each rep. Watch Astrid demonstrate how to perform the exercise in the GIF below and then try to do as many reps as possible in 45 seconds. Take a quick break and repeat, but this time for 30 seconds. (If you’re looking for a challenge, repeat both intervals one more time.)
Score the rest of the workout (plus six additional, ultra-effective sculpting and fat-burning routines, yummy and slimming recipes and fun pinnables to share) by signing up here. Because when I dip, you dip, we dip!
Photographed by Justin Steele; modeled by Astrid Swan. Hair and Makeup by Sacha Harford at NEXT ARTISTS. Apparel: Heroine Sport, Jaggad from Bandier Fit. Sneakers: APL.
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