Post # 1
I’m getting married at the end of August and I’m wearing a lovely strapless dress. I have never intentionally exercised in my life but I’m thinking it might be a good idea to lift weights or something so my arms look more toned. So help me out here, fitness Bees. What works for you? Links to photos or videos demonstrating what to do is helpful since I’m a total newbie to voluntary exercise. Also somebody needs to explain to me what a “set” is. I get that it involves doing the same motion repeatedly but is there like a universal number here? Like 10 or something? How much time and effort is getting superhot going to involve? Do I need to wear tight leggings and a sports bra or can I do this stuff in jeans with deodorant and then go about my day? Yikes, I have no idea how this works!
Post # 2
gettin_marrid: A set isn’t a set amount of reps per se. How many you do depends on how heavy you are lifting, whether you are more seeking to build bigger muscles etc. 10-12 is a good general starting point though. Essentially it means you do the same exercise 10-12 times (a set), normally three times over with a short break in between each set.
Good arm exercises to tone are tricep dips (with or without weight plate on lap, both legs elevated etc), tricep pushups, bicep curls, hammer curls, tricep kickbacks. Also helps to do shoulder exercises too – military press, front/lateral raises. If you put any of these names into you tube you’ll get demo videos on how to do them correctly or there are lots of helpful exercise apps that demo these things too. Some of these can be done with dumpbells, others with barbells, some with either, pin machines at the gym or even with cable machines (so you pull the weight up with a rope/cable rather than lifting a free weight etc.
My triceps have really popped since I started doing all of the above and my body doesn’t ever seem to want to get a bicep ‘bump’ like others do but my arms when I flex are pretty rock hard. Ultimately though the best thing that helped my arms was to lose some fat off them, but I was a bigger person before, you probably aren’t :-). I personally always do my weights exercises at the gym in gym gear but if you have weights sets at home and are just working out your arms I guess there’s nothing stopping you wearing jeans, lol. I wouldn’t recommend it though, even though it’s not a cardio work out you can still get a sweat up lifting weights!
Post # 3
Lift lift lift! I do all weights for whole body and there is no better way. Plus faster. And if you dont feel like doing it alone try classes!