(Closed) Arm help

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well first off, make sure you are switching up your routines.  Doing cardio only will eventually become useless unless you push yourself harder each time.  Other wise, you will stay the same.  Also, it’s more about what you’re eating.  Make sure you are eating healthy!

Post # 4
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly I’d suggest going to the gym, spend an hour or 2 with a weight trainer and get them to set you up on a plan. Then you can do your own thing once you know exactly what to do. They should be able to help you.

Post # 6
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You’ll need to do weight training to tone up your arms. I couldn’t tell you what exercises exactly, but the other bees will certainly provide that info!

Post # 7
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What about the one hundred pushup challenge? It’s fun and will work your arms/back.


You can also do tricep kickbacks, bent-over rows, bicep curls etc. There are lots of 5 minute arms workouts on youtube. 

Good luck! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i’m in the same boat, but i’ve got more time (and another 40lbs…) to go before hitting the weights for “tone up” again…. a few pointers that i’ve picked up along the way:


  • Don’t stop doing cardio. Rather, scale back slightly.
  • Don’t try to lift and work all of your muscles at once. It’s more effective to do “splits” (i.e. work on certain muscle groups) once or twice a week rather than doing work on them each day. It doesn’t give your body a chance to recover properly, and in doing so you won’t be getting the maximum benefit from your efforts. And let’s face it, if you’re working hard, you want the results to show! πŸ™‚
  • It really depends on your goals, but you can prob do this easily with 4-5 gym days/week. I’ve got my routine shown below, but keep in mind that this was designed to lose weight + build muscle, so it’s a bit more aggressive than what you’ll need to do if you just want to tone up. Also, it’s been tailored according to the equipment availible at my gym.
  • What others have said about diet holds true. Try to eat as clean as possible: whole grains, fruits, veggies, water (lots of it!). Do your best to avoid refined sugars/sodas/booze. They cause your body to hold on to water/bloat you. Yuck.
  • A few websites that I have found to be helpful are:

Ok, so here’s my workout routine. It has me dropping 1-3 lbs of fat/week (depending on how clean I eat) all while building muscle.

Day 1: Long Duration Cardio – 45-60 min run on the elliptical- 80 crunches (25 regular, 25 elevated legs, 15 left side, 15 right side)- 30 pushups- 3 planks

Day 2: Biceps + Shoulders-3 x 10 dumbbell curls -3 x 10 dumbbell hammer curls -3 x 10 shrugs-3 x 10 lat raises-3 x 10 front raises-3 x 10 pull ups (assisted, if needed)-3 x 10 lat pulldowns -3 x 10 seated cable rows-3 x 20 weight resistant crunches (on a machine)-15 min on the elliptical to cool down

Day 3: High Intensity Cardio-20 minute HIIT session -80 crunches-30 pushups(This is my shortest work out, but it’s the toughest)

Day 4: Legs-3×15 squats-3 planks (til failure)-50 crunches (only regular + elevated)-3 x 10 leg raises-3 x 10 leg press-3 x 10 hamstring curl-3 x 10 standing calf raises-15 min on elliptical

Day 5: Long Duration Cardio (Same as Day 1)

Day 6: Chest + Triceps-2 x 5 wide grip dips (assisted)-2 x 5 narrow grip dips (assisted)-3 x 10 dumbbell bench press-3 x 10 dumbbell incline bench press-3 x 10 overhead tricep extension-3 x 10 close grip bench press-3 x 10 rope pull downs-3 x 10 push downs -3 x 20 weight resistant crunches (on a machine)-15 min on elliptical

For any activities where a weight level is needed, start at one that is easy for you and stel up in weight as you progress in sets. For instance, if you have to do 3 x 10 dumbbell curls, start with a 5lb weight for the first 10, if that’s comfortable, step up to 7.5 for the next 10, and then 10 for the last 10. (Just a heads up, the shorthand given above for arm exercises is 3 x 10 — per arm,so it’s really 20 motions per set…)


Since it sounds like you just need to tone up instead of dropping weight, I’d prob skip on the HIIT day and do a split like this:

Day 2, Day 1, Day 4, REST, Day 6, Day 5, REST

Try to not rest more than 1 day at a time (I’m not so good about that admitedly; it doesn’t hurt things, but it certainly doesn’t help…) and make sure that you’re focusing on good form/completing your sets. You will be sore if you do the above, but with enough protein intake, good form, and rest, it’s totally manageable. (I’m a wuss, believe me…if I can do it, anybody can!)


Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
2404 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@astromeg- omg i love you. this is an awesome workout routine that i will now follow. πŸ™‚

Post # 10
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Glad I could help. I’m 40ish lbs into an 80-90lb goal loss…and it has served me well so far (despite cheating on the diet haha)


Good luck (and have fun!) with it — and seriously, drink lots of water! πŸ™‚

Post # 11
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Eating healthy and cardio honestly won’t do much to help your arms unless you have a lot of weight to lose and are just slimming them down.

I’ve been working out with my trainer for about seven months, past my wedding, now and the difference in my arms is unbelievable. Though I just want to caution you I had chicken stick arms before I started working with her. My arms are muscular now but they are much bigger (I honestly feel in a better way but I just wanted to let you know).

Push ups are something you can do anywhere and are one of the best things you can do to build up your arms. I still can’t do a full real plank push up but when I started out I was doing them off my stairs and counter. If you can’t do a regular push up do it from your keens.

But your form is very important. Extend your legs out with your back and butt flatt as if doing a regular push up. Then go to your knees. The closer your arms are together the harder they are.

Chair dips are another great arm exercise. Bend your knees to make them easier, extend your legs out to make them harder. To make them even harder lift one leg off the ground.

Here is a very simple arm work out that will give you results if you do it at least twice a week. The key here is not the total weight of the dumbbell or the reps in your set. The key is making sure your last three reps are HARD. If you can do 20 reps you should be going up a weight.

If you google any of these exercises you will find videos and instructions. (Also Ms. PChips workout plan is excellent)

This is my at home routine from my trainer, but I am a regular exerciser and runner so you might need to work your reps up…

Chest, superset two to three times as many reps as you can each time

Dumbbell flys

Chest press aka goal post…  can do both lying on a ball

Shoulders, superset

Front and side raises ( I tend to do these one front raise, one side raise, two front, two side, etc.)

Overhead press

Triceps, superset

Tricep kickbacks

Tricep extension, I like to do these one arm at a time  and keep my opposite arm on my active tricep

Bicep, superset

Bicep curls

Hammer curls, similar to a bicep curl but keep your thumbs facing you and elbows close to side.

Hope this helps! GL

Post # 12
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

astromeg this is so awesome! i have about 40 lbs to loose and i need the help. sounds like you have already lost about 50lbs, have you?if so this is so amazing!!!!do you have any tips for inspiration? mine should be health but that one does not always hold up. then i have the wedding thing in 4 months but taht still is tough.

Post # 13
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Well, daniellealys, I’ll be perfectly honest with you…the 40something I’ve already taken off took me nearly 2 years to take off. I had about a years worth of time in there that I was on the road for work (for a few months/weeks at a time) and was basically at the mercy of the food I had availible to me. I took about 25 off before that time and have just started getting back into things since this summer when I took the rest off. I won’t lie–I’m the worst dieter ever! — but tried to focus on maintaining the loss I’d already had prior to the work “vacation” while I was away and it helped. I also joined WeightWatchers over the summer, and have found a lot of helpful techniques as a result of going to the meetings…nevermind having someone there who totally gets what it’s like to not have a healthy relationship with food for most of your life. (And believe me, looking back on things, I spent 20-something years of my life in that boat!)

Beyond that, I’m still a bit overweight for my height. Mymain motivations for all of this was to (1) be healthier, (2) feel better (it’s amazing how much even a 5-10lb loss will improve how you feel!), (3) address some other health issues i had going on (had a knee that was giving me a lot of trouble because of my weight). And honestly, there were 2 things that really shook me into shape on this — the first was realizing that I couldn’t do a flight of stairs without getting winded, and the second was when my dr said I needed to drop some weight before I’d be considered “normal risk” if/when fi and I ever want to start a family. The sudden realization that my health wasn’t just about me anymore — but about my future life and the life of my kid(s) was really something to think about.


The biggest realization I’ve had with all of this is that I can’t change the past. I can only change the path I’m going to head down in the future…and I want to go down a healthy, happy path. Scales be damned; they can’t measure those things…it’s how you feel–and treat yourself!–that will dictate such things.


I know we’ve never met, but take it from me….YOU CAN DO THIS. Cool

Post # 14
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hello Astromeg. that was amazing…i even teared up a bit! you really had some great advise in there. i hope you dont mind, but i will be keeping your message saved for inspiration when i need it bc having a family is one of the most important things to me πŸ™‚ I have thought about my weight and having kinds many times. this is a very valid point…

THank you so much for your kind words, exercise advise, and encouragement. I can tell that you are a very strong woman and i know you will reach your goals!

Good luck to you and god bless ;D

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