With summer around the corner and the bare-shoulders trend in fashion, who wouldn’t obsess about perfect arms? If you are over 30 and still want to look good in a tank top, read on for tips on tightening your upper body muscle tone. But first things first, you have the work the body as a whole, using the core and upper body rather than strengthening the arms separately.
Start with burning the fat layer away from your arms. It’s important to combine strength training and cardio into one powerful workout program – designed to melt body fat rapidly. A great, all around upper-body workout might include boxing, swimming and weight training to hit all of the major upper-body muscles.
Boxing is perfect for working different muscle groups, so get those boxing gloves and sign up for a class. Not only will it help you release your stress, it will work wonders on your arms. Practice boxing underwater for a great workout and terrific shoulder definition.
Swimming works wonders if you want stronger and leaner arms. An added bonus of any water-based workout is extra resistancw without added muscle strain. Try cardio and resistance exercises in the shallow, or flat part of the pool. Add water bands for an even better underwater resistance workout. Swimming in place is effective toning for the arms and shoulders.
Don’t Resist Resistance
Resistance training with free weights and bands is the key to sexy arms. For sculpted biceps, alternate bicep curls with hammer curls. They will work your muscles from different angles. Do three sets of 15 to 20 reps for best results.
Compound exercises are important to work different muscles in one exercise. For example: push-ups work the shoulder, chest, bicep and tricep muscles at the same time! Three reps of 15 to 20 times will do wonders for your arms.
Women really enjoy tight toned triceps. We just don’t get to use those muscles in our day-to-day activities and that’s why so many of us have “bat wings” instead of firm arms. Triceps press-ups, kick-backs with free weights and triceps dips are excellent to get rid of those flabby arms in no time.