Upper body workouts for women focus on the shoulders, arms and back, as WebMD details. In addition, such a workout includes cardio to burn fat, without which muscles are apt to lack definition.
Warm-up and cardio for an upper body workout sometimes take the form of burpees and jumping rope, as Bodybuilding.com recommends. Other valuable exercises include are pull-ups, T-bar rows, rope cable curls, dumbbell front raises and sit-ups using a medicine ball.
For the shoulders, recommended exercises include overhead shoulder presses, lateral raises and reverse flys. Arm and back exercises include seated pulldowns, seated rows, planks and chair dips, according to WebMD.