Category Archives: Arms

Spooky Shoulder Sculpting Workout

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Hey hey it’s workout Wednesday!  In honor of Halloween I made a “Spooky Shoulder Sculpting Workout.”  All of the exercises are pretty straight forward, so grab a pair of dumbbells and get to work.  Shoot me an email to brit@gritbybrit.com if you have any questions.

Do you know what you are going to be for Halloween?  I’d love to hear your costume ideas!  Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Luv, Brit

SPOOKY SHOULDER

Sculpt-N-Cycle Workout & Onzie Tank Giveaway Winner

Hey guys!  Hope you had a good morning and your afternoon is off to a good start.  I’m loving working from home this week!  Being on the road every week for work is really hard on my body.  When I’m home I appreciate the little things like making breakfast and coffee in my own kitchen.  This morning I made some simple scrambled eggs, toast and coffee.  Later on I ate another whole wheat English muffin topped with crunchy peanut butter and banana (my mid-morning snack. I was HONGRY)

Enjoying working from home - made myself some scrambled eggs & whole wheat English muffin with strawberry preserves (a big pot of black coffee is a must)

Enjoying working from home – made myself some scrambled eggs & whole wheat English muffin with strawberry preserves (a big pot of black coffee is a must)

So…I have great news to share with you guys!  This Thursday (9/20/14) I’m going to start teaching at a new cycling studio, Beyond Pedaling in Dallas, TX.  If you recall, I took a class at Beyond earlier this year and had a great experience.  I’m so excited because this studio let’s me teach a music-based cycling workout with some choreographed moves. LOVE IT!  Also the ride incorporates hand weights, so I’ll guide my class through a ~5 minute arm workout while cycling.  I’ve been working on my playlist and practicing all week.  It’s weird because even though I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for almost 3 years, I still have that nervous excitement that makes it difficult to sleep.  Please wish me luck!

In the spirit of my new cycling gig, I designed a “Sculpt & Cycle” workout just for you.  This workout should take about 30 minutes to complete.  The time will fly by because you’re doing the arm workout while cycling – I love simultaneous muscle toning and cardio conditioning.  Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.

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Last but not least, what you guys are “really” waiting for – the winner of the Onzie Knot-back Tank Giveaway is Liana!  I hope you had an amazing time at your craft show and sold lots of your homemade skin products – I love a fellow business woman!  I’ll be in touch to send your Onzie tank – in the meanwhile please email me your mailing address to brit@gritbybrit.com.

Thanks so much to all of your for sharing your weekend plans.  Hearing what you guys were up to motivated me to have a super active weekend as well.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  Show your GRIT!  Luv, Brit

#PUMAFitness – 5 Effective Exercises for Sexy, Sculpted Arms!

Rockin' my new gear from #PUMAfitness and loving it! #PUMA #FitFluential

Top: Puma Gym Graphic All Eyes On Me Tank, Pants: Puma Gym Graphic 3/4 Tight

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.

Hello friends!  I hope you enjoyed a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.  My 6′ 6″ “little” brother came home to Dallas after completing his Sophomore year of college!  We enjoyed a nice family brunch and church service with our Mom – it was really nice.

Due to the high volume of requests for “tips to tone my arms,” I’ve put together a new workout which combines my 5 go-to arm exercises.  It’s an exercise combination that’s both dynamic (big movements) and isometric (tiny movements like Pilates).  This means you simultaneously build muscle endurance and strength which helps expedite muscle tone!  You need 2 light dumbbells to complete the workout.  I recommend anything from 3-7 pounds.  I’m using 5 pounds in the photos below.  You must complete 50 reps of each exercise.  So 50 reps X 5 exercises = 250 reps of arm sculpting sexiness – yeah buddy!  Rest for 1-2 minutes between each exercise.  For best results, complete the workout 3 times per week for 3 weeks.

Also, I wanna give a shout out to #PUMAfitness for hooking me up with the fabulous workout gear I’m rockin’.   The coral Gym Graphic All Eyes On Me Tank is bright, sleek and supportive.  I especially appreciate the built-in sports bra, and I love the criss-cross design in the back that shows off sculpted shoulders.  The Graphic ¾ Tights have the matching Ombre coral color down the side and come in a ton of different colors and prints.  They’re made of “Drycell” highly functional materials that draw sweat away from your skin and helps keep you dry and comfortable during exercise.   Personally, they fit nice and snug around my waist and give my booty pleasant little lift 😉  To complete your outfit, I also recommend grabbing the Formlite XT Ultra Sneakers.  They’re lightweight with an aerodynamic design.  If you enjoy group fitness classes like me, this a great sneaker because of the snug fit, flexibility and mesh top which allows airflow.  Most importantly, they look great!

Alright guys, that’s all from me for now.  I hope you enjoy your arm workout. Also be sure to get you some #PUMA swag!  Post a comment if you have questions! xoxo, Brit

#1: Dumbbell Alternating Punches

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Alternating punches are a great exercise to warm up your arms. Hold 1 dumbbell in each hand and simply punch forward alternating hands. Be sure to keep the opposite hand (that’s not punching) up by your chin so that your shoulders stay engaged.

#2: Diagonal Shoulder Press

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Hold 1 dumbbell in each hand with palms facing inward. Extend the dumbbells out above your head so that your arms make a 45 degree angle with your nose. Bring the dumbbells back by your sides letting your elbows pull backward. Keep your arms narrow the entire time.

#3: Bicep Curl Extensions w/ Shoulder Isolation

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Hold 1 dumbbell in each hand with your arms extended out front and palms facing up toward the sky. Then bend your arms so that they make two 90 degree angles. Lower the dumbbells back down to a full  extension so that your arms are parallel with the ground. Repeat. Your arms should never come down by your sides. (This keeps your shoulders engaged while working your biceps).

#4: Front Dumbbell Taps w/Shoulder Isolation

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Hold the dumbbells out in front of you with arms fully extended and palms facing up. Simply tap the ends of the dumbells together for 50 reps. You will feel the burn!

#5: Incline Tricep Push Ups

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Find a table or bench and come into a plank position with narrow hand placement. Lower down into a push up keeping your elbows tight so that they brush your sides. Repeat. Focus on keeping your triceps engaged while also getting a great chest workout.

Last but not least, go for a sweaty 20-30 minute run in your #PUMA sneakers to blast some calories and burn fat.  Remember, fat reduction will speed up your journey to sexy sculpted arms!

Sporting my Puma Formlite XT Ultra Sneakers

Sporting my Puma Formlite XT Ultra Sneakers

 

Sexy Chica Chest Workout for Women

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I hope you guys have enjoyed the targeted workouts I’ve been posting lately.  In case you missed, here are a couple from the last few weeks:

Keeping on the trend of upper body workouts for women, here’s a new chest workout I designed with the ladies in mind (although men will enjoy it as well).  For best results, complete the entire circuit using 8-20 pound dumbbells, depending on your strength.  You’ll notice that this workout has bench press “negatives” in it.  Just perform a basic, lying dumbbell bench press but push the weights up quickly and then bring them down to starting position very slowly, controlling the resistance on the way down (count to 3 slowly to make sure you are moving at the right pace.)  As always, add a little cardio and stretching to the end of the workout.

Enjoy and let me know how it goes.  Lots of luv, Brit

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Sexy Shoulders Resistance Workout for Women

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Happy Saturday Ladies and Gents!  While I love you both equally, I designed this workout especially for the ladies.  I think many of you can empathize with the how hard it is to find a challenging shoulder workout that isn’t catered towards bulking up (i.e. 4 set of 5 military press at 50 pounds). Come on, I don’t want to look like I can pick up my date, I just want to be able to rock a nice sleeveless blouse during my date.  However, let me caveat my last statement by clarifying that even if we don’t want to bulk up, we must still lift a weight that challenges us.  If it doesn’t challenge us, it doesn’t change us! Don’t be afraid to pick up a pair of 10-20 pound dumbbells when doing my “Sexy Shoulders” workout.

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While I created this shoulder workout just for the ladies, it’s a great workout for men as well.  Unlike my other arm workouts, this routine solely focuses on the shoulder muscles instead of the entire arm.  It’s a great way to isolate the shoulders and really build some definition.  For best results, do this workout  2 times per week along with 30 minutes of cardio for 4 weeks.  Enjoy and let me know how it goes.

Lots of luv, Brit

Babalicious Bicep Workout

Showin' of my "Babalyicous" Biceps.  Hey, no shame in my game :)

Showin’ of my “Babalyicous” Biceps. Hey, no shame in my game 🙂

What’s up GRIT GANG?!   Hope your week is off to an AWESOME start – mine certainly is.  This morning before work I did this bicep workout along with some cardio.  I figured I’d share the workout with you guys since I got some requests after posting my Triceps Workout last week.

For best results, do this workout 1-2 times per week and combine it with a tricep workout – it’s important equally work opposite muscle groups.  Use 2 medium dumbbells (about 5-10 pounds depending on your strength).  Just like the tricep workout, this routine has a LOT of reps, so you don’t have worry about bulking up.  Get ready to show off your sexy sculpted arms!  #heygurlhey

Enjoy and lots of luv, Brit

Babalicious Bicep Workout

Gym mirror #selife after finishing my Bicep workout + 20 minute jog = great combo!

Gym mirror #selfie after finishing my Bicep workout + 20 minute jog = great combo!

Trim, Tone and Tighten Your Triceps!

Brit

Hey hey GRIT Gang!  I don’t have much to say about this workout except, “JUST DO IT!”  Your sleeveless tops and dresses will thank you 🙂  All you need are 2 light/medium dumbbells (about 5-8 pounds).  This workout totally works your triceps through a combination of body weight isometric training and dynamic dumbbell moves.   No need to worry about bulking up because I uniquely designed the workout with high reps and low weight!  However, you WILL be sore after, so be sure to stretch and work your opposite muscles (biceps) as well.  Enjoy and lots of luv!  -Brit

20 Minute TRICEP Tighten