(Closed) Give me your best arm workout!

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Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@LittleAnn:  Try rock climbing or yoga.

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@LittleAnn:  Broad, strong shoulders create an illusion of smaller upper arms by comparison. I’ve always found it to be pretty easy to strengthen my shoulders, but somewhat difficult to tone my upper arms to my liking. If my shoulders are toned and my posture is straight, I’m usually pretty comfortable showing my arms. The opposite is true when I haven’t been lifting. 

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@LittleAnn:  I’m going to have to disagree with
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@IndyBea‘s advice.  Shoulders are synergistic muscles which are crucial stabilizers for proper form when working out your arms, and you don’t want them fatigued for when you do your upper body workouts. For example, dips will be a lot harder if your shoulders are fatigued. You’ll be able to lift heavier and have better technique if you work on the bigger muscles first and then move on to the smaller muscles (like the shoulders). 

Also, I don’t suggest doing the entire unit (bi’s, tri’s and delt’s) in one day. You can combine biceps with back for one day (lat pull, free weight bicep curls, assisted chin-ups or pull ups, lat row etc.) and triceps with your chest and shoulders another day (dips, push-ups, bench press, tricep extension, shoulder raises, shoulder press etc.) Like I said, start with the biggest muscles first, and then move up from there. For example, work your back first and then your biceps, or your chest first, then your triceps and then your shoulders. 

If you’re into free workouts that don’t require a gym membership but have been studied quite a bit I’d recommend the 7 minute workout: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

I’ve been doing it because I’d like to eventually recommend it to my clients to do on their own. It’s a great workout that I usually do 2-3 times in a row, 2 -3 times a week. It’s not entirely an arm workout but a whole body workout using only your body weight that you can do in your home with just a chair and a wall. I use this timer/guide: http://www.7minuteworkouttimer.com/

The science on this workout is pretty neat, and it’s made a splash in the Exercise Physiology world.

 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Commenting to follow! I do a bunch of different arm workouts after I run but I’m always looking for something new to try.

I do like Tracy Anderson arms and 8 minute arms (which is also hilarious).  I’ve also found a couple arm workouts on pinterest.  If you’re looking for a little bit of a longer workout The Hungry Runner Girl did a post on her sister’s arm workout which is really tough!! http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/2013/08/my-sisters-arm-routine-that-made-me-sore-for-3-days.html

 

Post # 40
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

The Shake Weight!!! Don’t laugh!! I swear it’s great!

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