Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday Workout: How to Tone Arms

This weekend while trying on strapless wedding dresses I had a moment- aka realized my arms are not ready to walk down an aisle in a strapless dress, nor are they ready to come out from hiding under the millions of layers they've been hibernating under during this world's longest winter.

I've never been much of an arm-worker-outer so I did a little research and found some great resources and articles for toning up the arms and I'm going to incorporate these into my daily workout routine. I don't want to be like bulging out of my clothes or anything but I want to have those arms that people are like "oh hey whoa I never noticed Lindsay was actually kind of buff until she picked up that 100-lb object with one hand and all her muscles flexed". Haha. But really-

FitSugar's article on Yoga Poses to Tone Arms shows yoga poses to tone arms without equipment and these are the two I will start with. Check out last week's Wednesday Workout for free yoga video sites.



Livestrong's article The Fastest Way to Tone Flabby Arms (um hi FASTEST? how fast are we talking?) stresses the importance of reducing fat through healthy eating and cardio THEN toning. OK ALSO lesson from this article: women store more fat in their upper arms than men because of hormones!??!

UGH PUSHUPS DO WE HAVE TO?

 This Fitness Magazine article features 3 moves for each level (beginner, intermediate and advanced) you can do at home! Here is a sampling:
Beginner: Arm Circles

Intermediate: High V

Advanced: Overhead Bend

Other favorite great at-home arm toning workout programs:
The 15 Minute Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout from Women's Health Mag
Fitness Blender's Full Length Upper Body Workouts
Blogilates Arms & Upper Body Focus Series
30 Day Fitness Challenges' 30 Day Tricep Dip Challenge


What are your favorite arm exercises? Suggestions for toning arms?

OH PS need some good workout clothes? Zulily is having a sale on Cool Tech Fitness Clothes- everything is under $20! Go get your's!

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21 comments:

  1. I do push ups. Simple, but they work!

    Pinning this, I'm always looking for some arm stuff to do while I'm watching TV.

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    1. I just haaaate pushups sometimes! I like the results, just hate doing them haha!

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  2. Hormones are dumb. My tummy and upper arms are proof.
    I like small hand weight exercises myself. I use a lot of popsugar videos for arms. I have been super slacking on everything but my cardio.
    Also- woooooooo wedding dresses!!

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    1. OH I should definitely check out the popsugar videos!

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  3. I really go with weights and do bicep curls and tricep extensions. Push ups are great too.

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    1. Ohh yeah those tricep extensions leave me sore- hard to wash my hair the next day haha!

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  5. These are great! I never notice how un-toned my arms are until I see pictures of myself! I'm not getting married but will be in a strapless dress for a friend's wedding soon so this is something I definitely need to work on! :)

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  6. I love weight training and have recently joined a cross-fit gym. It really makes my arms toned. Thanks for the great workout tips.

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  7. Well you will look amazing on your wedding day regardless! But yeah, the backs of my upper arms are a tough spot to hit! All good tips. I'll add that swimming helps a lot if you have access to a pool.

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  8. I like doing the assisted pull-up and dip machine for toned arms and upper body. I do four sets of 10 dips and pull-ups. Stopping by from the #wowlinkup.

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  9. Lindsay NOW you are talking my language! I love working arms because I like feeling powerful so PUSH UPS it is. Along with shoulder presses, later raises, front raises, tricep kickbacks, tricep overhead presses, straight arm planks, straight arm side planks, bicep curls, and hammer curls. Can you say I am very excited about your post? Arm circles also work - do them for 2 minutes nonstop. Ahhh yes your arms will be Michelle Obama level in no time. Thanks for stopping by #wowlinkup.

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  10. My arms have shrunk but the wings seem to keep growing. I'm actively looking for a way to cut away the flaps. I don't have the upper body strength to hold myself up like that though. Go you!

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  11. I love all the Blogilates arm workouts, and they have made a huge difference, especially in the small muscles in my back!

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  12. I've tried some of these workouts! They are super hard but they definitely work

    xo,
    http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

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  13. #wowlinkup - I hate arm circles, but heck they work! Great tips!

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  14. I have trouble with push ups but i love doing standing push ups not sure they are effective. The v exercise looks simple enough. will have to try these.

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  15. wow i think arm circles are one of the best arm workouts for women, because it targets so many muscles at the same time

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