The setup: Stand erect with your feet slightly apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms down and your palms facing your thighs. Your closed fingers should be lightly touching your thighs. Keep your knees slightly bent.
The move: Contract your abdominal muscles. Raise both dumbbells in front of you to shoulder height. Pause for a second, then return to the starting position. Control your movements throughout the entire exercise, exhaling as you raise the dumbbells and inhaling on the way down. Continue until the entire set of 8 to 10 repetitions is complete. If you are performing multiple sets of this exercise, take a deep breath, wait 15 to 30 seconds, and begin your next set.
Tip: Keep your back straight and your head up as you go through the move.