It’s t-shirt season, meaning it’s time to show off those perfectly-toned arms.
But if you’re feeling too flabby to switch from long sleeves, you can get those sexy summer arms without the heavy lifting.
“Too much direct muscle training throws the body out of balance,” explains celebrity trainer Jason Walsh. It’s also a quick way to add bulk, which isn’t the typical goal of most women.
Walsh prefers an indirect approach to arm workouts, looking at them as “synergist,” or muscles that aid the movement. But don’t be fooled – these three moves will get your arms solidly sculpted.
Resistance Band Face Pulls
Start by sitting with your legs stretched in front of you, with a resistance band around your feet and one end of the band in each hand with arms straight. Pull the band toward your forehead, pushing elbows out. Slowly reverse the move; repeat for 15-25 reps.
Stand upright with core engaged and arms at shoulder-level in front of you. Hold the resistance band with both hands. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, pulling hands to the sides. Pause, then slowly return hands to their original position in a controlled motion; repeat for 20 reps.
Med Ball Bent-Over Chest Pass Slams
With a medicine ball in front of your chest, stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, and knees bent. Hinge at your hips, and lower your chest slightly. Engage your core and throw the ball to the ground with some umph, catching it in front of your chest on the bounce back; repeat for 15-20 reps.
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