5 Strengthening & Toning Arm Workouts
I have a strong love for living an active and mindful life and finding new ways to push my body. Working out may not be for everyone, but I do think that each of us can gain something positive by incorporating movement into our daily routines.
The idea of walking into a gym can be intimidating for some, so if home workouts suit you better, virtual classes and online personal trainers work just as well! Some of my go-to’s include a zoom yoga session or HIIT workouts using ankle and wrist weights by Bala which are such a game-changer! I’m all about convenience, so anything I can take with me to work out while I travel and do business will always be a winner.
Adding something different every day like low weights and reciting affirmations can make all the difference in your progress. Muscle and mind connection is effective and adds resistance, no matter how heavy the weight.
Here are 5 secrets on how I keep my arms toned with Bala weights to add some impact and resistance
1. Bicep curls: 4 sets of 15 reps
Let’s start by standing up tall and straight, keeping your shoulders pulled back, and core engaged. Begin with your arms straight down and palms up lying against your thighs. To activate the biceps, bend your elbows in a slow controlled movement bringing your hands up towards your chest, and repeat.
2. Hammer curls to press: 4 sets of 15
Stand with palms parallel against your sides and follow the same movement as bicep curls, instead of with elbows tucked in and move your closed palms in an upward motion. Slowly go back down and repeat.
3. Straight arm shoulder circles: 3 sets of 20
Keeping your shoulders pulled back and core engaged, bring your arms up and parallel moving them in a small circular motion. Keep them in this position until the set is completed, then repeat for the remainder of the sets.
4. Triceps extension: 4 sets of 15
Lie down on a flat bench or mat with your chest up, raise your hands in front of you with closed palms. Next, bend your elbows towards your face until they are close to your ears then repeat.
5. Overhead triceps extension: 3 sets of 20
Sit on a bench or chair with your hands directly overhead. Make sure your chest is up and core engaged, then move hands in a downward motion behind your head and repeat.