As warmer weather approaches, your workout goals might shift more towards appearance than effectiveness; making sure your legs/arms/stomach look good in skimpier summer attire.
While yes, sculpted arms have aesthetic benefits, strengthening your upper body is also important for postural alignment, especially if you sit at a desk all day.
However, building strength and seeing increased definition in your arms doesn't have to be done in the gym. Instead, make use of this no-weights workout designed by celebrity trainer and Fit Body app creator, Anna Victoria. She uses this workout for clients who want to completely transform their arms.
Time: 5 minutes
Good for: Arms
Instructions: For each exercise, perform the reps as indicated, then move directly to the next move. After you've completed all three moves, you have the option to repeat the entire circuit two or three times total.
Anna recommends completing this workout two or three times a week for serious results.
How to: Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor, then extend your legs behind you with your feet about three feet apart; your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your core tight, bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor. Make sure your elbows are facing back, not flared to the side. Press back to start. That’s one rep. Complete 8 reps total. (Note: Lower your knees to the ground if needed.)
How to: Come down into a plank on your forearms, toes tucked, elbows under shoulders, and hips at the same height as shoulders. Pick up one arm and press that hand into the ground toward a high, straight-arm plank; do the same action with the other hand to complete the transition from low plank to high. With the lead arm, lower back to your forearm, then follow with the other hand. Try to avoid moving your hips throughout the move. That's one rep. Complete 8 reps.
How to: Start in a high plank, shoulders over wrists, hips tucked up toward belly button and ribs drawn toward hips. Drive one knee toward your chest, then the other. That's one rep. Continue alternating quickly for 30 reps.
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