Summer is coming, and it’s time for tanktops, sundresses and swim suits. Now is the time to kick your upper body workout in full gear. These moves are great for anyone who wants to tone their arms, especially if they have a lower body injury. I created a quick upper body workout using five of my favorite moves for toned arms, shoulders, back and chest.
All you need are weights (or water bottles) and a countertop. Don’t drop your arms in between sets, just drop the weights if it becomes too difficult!
I have noticed a big difference in my definition in my arms since I started doing these. As silly as it seems, I do 20 reps twice a day while I rinse with mouthwash. Killing two birds with one stone saves me time and reminds me to do them every day.
To do the move: Find a counter top that is waist/ chest high (bar, kitchen counter, bathroom counter, etc.). With your body in a diagonal line from head to toe, press your hands against the counter and push up. Do 20 reps.
Muscle man around the world
The muscle man move has been around for a while, but the “around the world” aspect will work different tiny muscles and angles in your arms, chest and shoulders. You will need your weights for the rest of the toned arms moves.
To do the move: (Move 1) Hold a set of weights (I use 5lb.) straight up in a goal post stance. Lift and lower your arms 10 times. (Move 2) Bring your arms to a diagonal and repeat. (Move 3) Bring your arms straight in front of you and complete 20 reps. Repeat Move 2 & Move 1 (10 sets each).
At this point, you will start to feel the burn. Don’t drop your arms! You can do this!!
To do the move: Hold arms straight out to the sides and rotate your arms back and forth in the shoulder joint. Do 20 reps (1 rep is back and forth).
Bicep curl combo
Work those biceps from the front and side!
To do the move: With your arms down by your side at a 90 degree angle, lift and lower toward your chest. Bring your arms out to a 90 degree diagonal and repeat. This is one set. Do 20 reps.
Tricep raises + kickback combo
Don’t forget to show your triceps some love.
To do the move: (Move 1) With your arms straight behind your back, lift and lower 20 times. (Move 2) Lift your arms as high as you can and squeeze your arms and shoulder blades together 20 times.
Take a quick 10 second break after the last move. Repeat all 5 moves 2-3 times.
Add these moves for toned arms in to your weekly fitness routine and watch yourself start to tone.
Let me know how it works for you. Comment below!