Arm Toning Exercises
Developing ripped, lean arms is something most women (and men!) strive for. To get the arms you’ve always dreamed of, you first need to understand a few simple concepts.
After you’re through with this article, it is my hope that you will have all the knowledge and tools to develop an exercise routine that meets your goals and gets you a pair of sexy arms!
So read on to find out how you can start getting rid of that flab and start building muscle!
The first thing that you should understand about building lean muscle in your arms is that there is no way to reduce fat from a certain area – or “spot train” as many fitness professionals like to say. The only way to reduce fat in your arms and get that “toned” look is to reduce the amount of fat your entire body holds, or your body fat percentage.
With this is mind, it is important to develop a well-rounded exercise and nutrition program so that you are controlling the amount of calories you consume and the amount of calories you burn. An exercise program is critical because once you lower your body fat percentage, you want to have muscle underneath.
Secondly, it is important to understand the anatomy of your arms in order to properly work them. Your arms are comprised of several different muscles, but the main ones are your deltoids (shoulders), biceps, and triceps.
These three huge muscles are responsible for just about every action that your arms perform. To get the most out of your exercise program, you should begin your training with compound movements.
These are exercises that require more than one muscle group. Some great compound exercise for the arms are the bench press, shoulder press, pullup, and pushup. Perform these exercises at the beginning of your workout so that your muscles are fresh and ready to go.
As your workout program progresses, you should add in isolation exercises. As the name suggests, these are exercises that target one specific muscle. For example, if you plan to work your biceps, you can add in some bicep curls, preacher curls, concentration curls, rows, and hammer curls.
If you plan on targeting your triceps, tricep cable pushdowns, tricep kickbacks, and skull crushers are great additions to your program. Finally, if you wish to isolate your shoulders, try lateral raises, bent over deltoid flys, upright rows and cable raises.
Combining a solid workout program with a well thought out nutrition program is the most effective and efficient way to strengthen your arms and get rid of that extra fats in the arms. Make sure that you are burning more calories than you consume and getting the adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in your diet.
Finally, being consistent with your diet and exercise plan is crucial. Stay motivated and don’t make excuses. If you want this bad enough, you will stay on track and not give up. Always remind yourself of your goals and stay motivated! Be patient with your progress and remember, nothing worth having comes easy!