Cocktail dress season is quickly approaching. So our question to you: Is there anything better than revealing show-stopping arms around the holidays!?
For today's edition of Tone Up Tuesdays, we’re sharing three of our favorite multitasking moves for sleek shoulders, strong arms and a defined back. As an added bonus, you’ll be using your core to keep you steady, and working your chest, which can help keep it toned and perky. Oh, yes!
Complete three sets of the sequence below for a good dose of upper body sculpting! These simple exercises can be completed anytime and are perfect whether you’re at home or at the gym.
Lifts and tones the booty, chest and core while working your arms!
Begin in a bridge position, lying on your back, knees bent and arms out to the side with a set of 5- to 10-pound dumbbells in your hands.
Bring your hips up to the sky and hold them there as you perform a chest fly, bringing weights together at chest level.
Lower and repeat 15-20 times. Make sure you keep your hips lifted and booty engaged as you finish the set.
Tricep Pushup & Twist
Tones your chest, triceps, back, biceps and shoulders while strengthening your core!
Start in a high plank position, holding on tightly to a pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells.
Perform a tricep modified pushup, lowering your knees to the mat and keeping your elbows hugging your sides as you lower. (If you’re advanced, keep your knees straight as you lower into a traditional tricep pushup.)
Come back up into a strong plank position and twist open to the right, creating a "T" shape with your arms.
Lower and repeat before twisting to the left. Repeat 10-16 times!
Inverted BOSU Pushup
Works your chest, shoulders, triceps and lower abs!
Begin in a downward dog position, feet together and hands on the sides of a BOSU Ball.
Slowly bend your elbows out, going as far down as you are comfortable. Slowly and controlled, push back up using your shoulders. Repeat 15-20 times.
Beginner: Perform the move with hands on the ground.
Advanced: Use a medicine ball in place of the BOSU or flip the BOSU over and perform the move with your hands on the flat surface.
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