Tips for toning your arms
Challenge sent in by Courtney
I’m getting married in July and want to add toning to my gym outings. I have broad, but undefined, shoulders and arms. The dress is strap less, and If I’m going to spend $$$ on photography I’d like to like my shoulders in the photos!
I do cardio consistently, and pilates twice a week. I have tried a noon power pump class, but my work schedule is too varied to be locked into one thing. I’d welcome any suggestions!
In my opinion, adding upper body strength is one of the more rewarding things you can do in terms of changing how your body looks. It seems like one of those things that gives good results in a not-depressing amount of time, if you put some consistent work into it.
30 Day Shred made a big difference for me in toning my shoulders and upper arms, so I give that particular DVD a thumbs up if you’re looking for an overall workout to add to your mix. Other great DVDs for overall toning, including arms, are listed here.
If you’re looking to add strength work while you’re at the gym, hey, you’re in luck! That’s what all those machines and weights are for, of course. If you’re not sure where to start, I’d suggest having a trainer walk you through the machines and maybe even draw up a plan for you in terms of weights/reps/sets.
Otherwise, here’s an easy way to fit in some strength training without committing to extra gym time or a DVD routine: buy some 5-lb dumbbells and do strength workouts at home. In your living room. While you’re watching TV. I KNOW!
Last but not least, don’t forget about food. A million pushups won’t give you the arms you want if the muscles are buried under excess fat, so be sure you’re also focusing on healthy eating in addition to your workouts.
Readers, what tips do you have for getting good arms?