Tone Up Your Arms for Summer's Sleeveless Styles

May 7, 2009 9:43:00 AM PDT
First Lady Michelle Obama has made it fashionable to bare your arms. And with summer is just around the corner, you won't be able to hide under long sleeve shirts and jackets. Now is the time to tone your upper arms, so, like the First Lady you'll be proud to go sleeveless. Gretchen Collins of the East Bank Club recommends these exercises you can do at home using hand weights.
  • Chest Fly with dumbbells on ball (lie down on stability ball with upper back and neck supported on the ball - start with the heavier set of dumbbells in each hand and palms facing each other - slowly lower the dumbbells to a "T" position, keeping a slight bend in the elbows and return to starting position)
  • Pullover with dumbbells (lie down on stability ball with upper back and neck supported on the ball - start with the heavier set of dumbbells in each hand, arms extended over your body at a 90 degree angle with your torso, and palms facing each other - slowly lower the dumbbells behind your head as far as you can, keeping a slight bend in the elbows and return to starting position)
  • Upright Row with dumbbells (stand with feet hip width apart holding the heavier set of dumbbells in each hand, palms facing thighs - pull dumbbells to front of shoulders with elbows leading the movement and return to starting position)
  • Tricep Dips with feet up on ball (start with arms behind you on a bench or sturdy chair, fingers pointing at your back and heels on top of the stability ball - slowly bend your elbows and lower your bottom toward the floor and return to starting position)
  • Lateral Raises (stand with feet hip width apart holding the lighter set of dumbbells in each hand - palms should be facing the outer side of each thigh - with elbows slightly bent, slowly raise arms to shoulder height, keeping wrists in line with elbows and return to starting position)
  • Front Raises (stand with feet hip width apart holding the lighter set of dumbbells in each hand - palms should be facing the front of the thighs - with elbows slightly bent, slowly raise arms to shoulder height, keeping wrists in line with elbows and return to starting position)
  • For more tips, visit East Bank Club's Web site at www.eastbankclub.com.


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