You work your arms on a daily basis without even thinking about it—to pick up our children, carry groceries, or place a heavy suitcase on the top shelf of the closet because air travel feels like a far-off fantasy right now.

And yet, when it comes to Working Out, the upper body is a sensitive space for many women. One reason? Upper body exercises, like push-ups and pull-ups, can be challenging and therefore discouraging without the right modifications and mindset. What's more, weightlifting myths perpetuate the idea that upper body work will cause women to look "too bulky" (whatever that means).

Here's the thing: Gaining a large amount of muscle mass requires very specific training and nutrition. It's not like you're going to start lifting weights and suddenly wake up looking like Dwayne Johnson. (PS: to any woman who wants to bulk up, you are beautiful and you should go for it!) So while upper body workouts can be difficult, it's vital for women to incorporate arm exercises into their routine, says Maillard Howell, owner and operator of Dean Crossfit in Brooklyn.

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