*By: Christi Shingara
Keeping your arms fit and trim can be a challenge, but with a few key exercises maintaining strong and toned arms is easier than you think. Below are a few I incorporate into my workout routine on a regular basis.
This exercise of course targets your triceps. When performing this exercise chose weight that is challenging but also doesn’t permit you to strain throughout the reps.
Starting out with dumbbells that are 5 to 10 pounds each and gradually increasing the weight as you gain strength is the best way to challenge these muscles.
These curls work the biceps muscles which are at the front of your upper arm and also the muscles of the lower arm. When performing the standing arm curl, you build strength in the upper arm and learn to use your arm muscles. Also during this exercise, you will use your core to support the movement.
Ohh the push-up…This is definitely my least favorite exercise, but it works so many muscle groups, especially the arms. It targets the triceps, pectoral muscles, and shoulders. Another benefit is it can also strengthen the lower back and core by pulling in the abs. The push-up doesn’t require any equipment and can be done anytime and anywhere.
Dumbbell Hammer Curl to Press
The hammer curl to press is a an exercise that primarily targets the bicep, shoulders and forearms and is done with dumbbells. If done with heavier weights, it can make for bigger biceps. Lighter weights will give a more toned/slender build.
The plank walk will build your core and target your shoulder, chest and arm muscles. It is an excellent compound exercise that works many parts of the body at the same time.
Have a favorite arm sculpting exercise? Let me know in the comments below.