A lot of women are curious to find out what exactly are the best arm toning exercises. If you asked five different trainers, you’d probably get five different answers. First things first, we need to be very clear about something.
In order for you to get toned muscles, you need to lose fat. If you’ve been spending a lot of time on the stair master, you won’t see those toned arms you’ve been dreaming about. You have to throw weight training into the mix. Weight training is a huge part of muscle toning. Lifting weights will build up the muscles you want to show off, and it will kick start the weight loss process. And that will enable you to get toned a lot quicker.
Barbell Bicep Curls
This exercise should be the foundation of your arm toning exercise routine. It won’t take you long to grasp the technique, and you’ll be able to work with a descent about of weight.
To perform this arm toning exercise you need to grasp a barbell with an underhanded grip. Your hands, and feet, should be shoulder width apart. It’s important that your back remains straight throughout the exercise, so do use so much weight that you’ll have trouble maintaining good posture. Now let the barbell hang at arm’s length in front of you. Make sure your shoulders, arms and hands are all in alignment. Focus on keeping your upper arms still while you lift the weight with your biceps.
When you have reached the highest point that you can lift the weight, slowly lower the bar until your arms are straight and you hands are at your hips. To avoid injury, don’t lean back or swing the weight when you’re curling.
Another great arm toning exercise is the tricep push down. It’s one of the best exercises for arm development. There are many variations for this exercise. You could alter your grip position, or use a rope handle instead of a horizontal bar. But for this article, I’m going to discuss the traditional method that’s performed with a horizontal or angled bar.
First, grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing down). Just like with the barbell curls, make sure your hands are shoulder width apart. Your back should be straight, and your arms should be close to the body. Using your triceps (the muscles at the back of your upper arm), bring the bar down so that it touches the front of your thighs. The upper arms should be stationary, and you should exhale as you bring the weight down. Hold the position for a moment, and slowly bring the bar back to its starting position.
I think for a lot of people their forearms are the most toned muscle on their body. Honestly, I have no idea why, but there just seems to be less fat on the forearms. However, this doesn’t mean you should neglect them.
The third arm toning exercise I’m going to talk about is the wrist curl. There are a number of ways to perform the wrist curl. I’m going to talk about the seated one-arm wrist curl. Simply sit on a flat bench with a dumbbell in your right (or left) hand. Your feet should flat on the floor, and, of course, shoulder width apart. Lean forward with your forearm resting on your thigh. With you hand hanging beyond your knee, lower the dumbbell as far as you can. Maintain a tight grip on the dumbbell, and inhale while you’re doing this. Curl the dumbbell as high as you can while you contract your forearm. Exhale while doing this, and maintain the contraction before you lower the weight again.
These three arm toning exercises will get you on your way to feeling confident about going sleeveless. There are many exercises to choose from, but these make for a sound foundation that will help you reach your goal.
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