Author: Shannon Boyce
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is…toned arms always look good. Whether you’re wearing a bulky sweater or a lightweight tank top, there is no better way to boost your confidence than with strong, sexy, muscular arms. There are many ways that you can achieve them. It’s all about finding the right exercises to make them stand out for all the right reasons. These are some of our favourite exercises for toned arms!
Pilates Boxing Moves
You don’t need a punching bag to box your way to unforgettable arms. You can do it at home without any equipment! Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, keeping your knees slightly bent. Put your fists up and punch forward with your right hand, then alternating to your left. Repeat this combination 20 times. To make this arm-toning move even more effective, add weights. 3 to 5 pound hand weights or wrist weights will be more than enough to make you break a sweat!
If you want to tone your arms and work your legs and glutes at the same time, this next exercise is for you. The weighted windmill isn’t too hard but can really help you get fit everywhere. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. You want a 3 to 5 pound hand weight in between your feet in front of you. To begin the move, squat down, grab the weight with your left hand, and stand back up. Lift your left arm up until it is straight. Bend your body at the waist towards the right while keeping your left arm raised. Hold for 5 seconds and lift back up. For the best results, you’ll want to do this on both sides 10 times each.
Thought you could avoid these bad boys, huh? Sorry! The push up is a classic workout move for a reason. It is a great way to tone your arms without needing any equipment and it’s also great for strengthening your core as well. Perfect the move by getting down to the ground. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart. Use your hands to hold up the weight of your body, press down to the ground, and then push yourself right back up. Do 20-30 of these. If you find a regular push up too challenging, start with your knees on the ground until you build up your upper body a little bit more.
Opposite Arm and Leg Lift
Ready to tone your arms in a different way? Then try the opposite arm and leg lift. Start by getting down on all fours. (You may want to pull out a yoga mat if you are working out on a hard surface!) From there, reach your right arm in front of you and your left leg out behind you. Flex your foot and hold this position for about 10 seconds. Bring your arm and leg back and do the same thing on the other side. Continue alternating until you have done 10 repetitions.
If you want the muscular arms you’ve been dreaming of, give these exercises a try. Not only are the effective but they can help you change up your exercise routine, too. Find the one that you like best!