Commentary: Given my extensive experience evaluating celebrities walk the red carpet in sleeveless dresses, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are 3 keys to sexy toned arms:
Reduce Body FAT – The reality is, the only way to look lean and sculpted is to get rid of excess body fat. You know what that means – eat LESS and move MORE! You can’t show off your sexy arms if excess fat is covering them.
Sculpt Shoulders – The shoulders are the first part of the arms that people usually notice so it’s key to do several exercises that target the front, side and rear shoulder muscles.
Tighten Triceps – The back of your arms are the areas that tend to look the flabbiest. So, always make sure that your arm workouts make your triceps feel strong and tight!
Below is my complete “Sexy Arms Circuit.” I made this workout to tone my arms WITHOUT bulking them up. You need to use light weights during the workout (1-2 pounds in each hand) – soup cans are great for this 😉
Make sure to stand up with your back straight, feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent. Do each exercise in the order below WITHOUT resting between exercises. Repeat the entire circuit 3X, take a about 1-2 minutes of rest in between each circuit. ENJOY and get ready to rock your sleeveless sundress!
I put this plan together to help me get ready for a wedding, during which I wore a very curve hugging bridesmaid dress. I had great results, so I thought I’d share with you guys. If you need to lean up really quickly, below is my official 14 day plan to get it right and tight. I like it because each element is actually a healthy habit as opposed to starving myself or taking diet pills. It worked for me, see if it works for you!
Location: Local power yoga studio in your community; Dallas APY Studio – 5400 E Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206; APY DVDs for sale online here!
What is power yoga? This yoga method includes Kung Fu, Tai Chi and athletic movements to really challenge your body and mind. The studio is warm (about 85 degrees) so that your muscles have the heat necessary to quickly get deep into the poses. Throughout the class you flow continuously through various yoga poses and exercises.
Commentary: If you are like me and have an attention span of about 30 seconds, the thought getting through a Bikram yoga class is as appealing as watching paint dry. Late last year I got a Groupon for APY, so I checked it out and have been going at least 2X per week ever since. I like power yoga because it’s like “yoga for athletes” – the warm room and challenging moves give me a good sweat. APY is definitely a “GRIT Worthy” workout!
The Facts: A person’s level of physical fitness is determined by 3 key factors: 1) Muscular Strength 2) Cardiovascular Endurance 3) Flexibility. You need to have an adequate level of each in order to be “fit.”Yoga is great way to ensure that you spend time focusing your flexibility. However, according to my standards, yoga DOES NOT count as one of your cardio or strength workouts – you still need to get these in separately!
Focus: Moderate cardio + total body light resistance training
Location: Hotel gym (any gym you want)
Commentary: Last week was crazy with work travel, leaving me pretty burnt out and lacking motivation to go to the gym and hit it hard. So, I made this workout to do in my little hotel gym. It gave me a low/moderate intensity total body workout that kept me active but didn’t wear me out. At the end of the day, I felt really proud for not skipping my workout altogether 🙂 Now, this isn’t a workout you should stick with if you’re really trying to “get it in.” BUT, it’s a good option for those days when you aren’t really feeling it or maybe traveling …enjoy!
For the past year, I’ve committed my Saturday mornings to detoxing my body and catching up on missed workouts. My personal detox routine = 1 hour TurboKick class + 1 hour weight lifting class (Barbell, Body Pump, Power Sculpt, etc.) I like doing my detox in group fitness classes because of the music and positive vibe of working out with other people. However, you can do your detox routine however you like. For example, go running outside for an hour and follow it with a 1 hour weights circuit.
Here are the details of my 2-Hour Saturday Detox Workout Regimen:
Duration: 2 hours
Formula: 1 hour of high intensity cardio (breathing heavy) + 1 hour of total body resistance training (lifting weights)
Location: Preferably a gym or fitness club with Group exercise classes
The Facts: The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times per week and 30 minutes of muscular strength training 2-3 times per week. Check this, if you do a 2 hour cardio + weights detox routine, you’ve knocked out over 50% of your weekly exercise needs. So, try the 2 hour detox and your Saturday’s suddenly get sweeter 🙂
Focus:Moderate/high intensity cardio, max calorie burn
Calories Burned: 600 – 800
Location: Any gym with cardio machines
Commentary: I made this workout for my friend/colleague who’s just starting to get back into the gym. We did it on Tuesday and our booties were burning on Wednesday morning! I like it because it provides a TON of cardiovascular training by incorporating basic cardio machines and body weight drills. You can easily do it at the gym with a good play list going on your iPod. If you’re trying to drop a few pounds for summer, throw this workout into your routine and you’ll be turning heads…or at least losing water weight 🙂