Arm Toning April
For this month’s workout routine, I’ll focus on exercises that target the arms and upper body. You can do them in the comfort of your home, using only your body weight. The purpose of these exercises is to tone your arms not for building big muscles.
- Get in plank position with your hands shoulder-width apart (Photo 1).
- Lower your chest toward the floor while keeping your upper arms parallel to your sides and your elbows pointing straight back (Photo 2). Push back up to start.
- Do a total of 15 tricep pushups, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
- Lay with your toes on the ground holding yourself up with your hands. Lower your torso to the ground until your elbows reach a 90-degree angle.
- Keep your elbows close to your body for more resistance. Keep your head facing forward. Try to have the tip of your nose pointed directly ahead.
- Keep your body in a flat plank—do not drop your hips, and do not have your butt hanging in the air. It is important to keep your body as straight as possible.
- Do a total of 15 pushups, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
- Place your hands on an elevated surface, with your arms straight and your hands directly below your shoulders.
- Walk your legs out behind you until you’re in a starting pushup position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels.
- Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the surface. Don’t let your hips drop at any point. Pause at the bottom, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. That’s 1 rep.
- Do a total of 15 which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
- Start in a plank position on your forearms with your feet shoulder width apart and your lower back flat.
- Press your body up to a push-up position and then lower yourself back down into the plank.
- Do a total of 30, rotating your arms, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
- Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrist, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.
- Like the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together. Jump as quickly as you want, but keep your pelvis steady and don’t let your booty rise toward the sky.
- Do a total of 30 jumping jacks, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
- Start by sitting down, bringing your feet up close to your butt with your hands underneath your shoulders.
- Push through your heels to bridge up, hold for a few seconds and back down to the starting position.
- Do a total of 30 crab bridges, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
You can also reach up towards one side. Then bridge up and reach toward the other side.
- Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms down by your side
- Lower into a squat position with your hands flat on the floor in front of you
- Kick your legs backwards into a press up position and lower your chest to the floor
- Push your chest back up to the press up position thrust both feet forward so you are back in the squat position
- Jump up and raise both hands over your head.
- Do a total of 10 burpees, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.
You can add to two exercises from previous posts that will also target the arms: a post explaining all the ins and outs of a plank (a closer look at planks) and tricep dips from #Sunkissedbody workout 1.
Happy sweating ladies and remember to use the hashtag #SunkissedBody in your sweat sesh photos.