Six moves to shapely arms

Shaik Moyeenuddin

August 17, 2023

Worried your arms aren’t sexy enough for a sleeveless summer? Here are five exercise techniques guaranteed to give you the shapely arms you dream about:

Bank on planks

It’s the best exercise to strengthen your arms and core. To make it more of a challenge, balance one hand on a paper plate. Circle the plate ten times clockwise and ten times counter-clockwise; switch arms and repeat.

Use a stability ball

While toning your arms, it is important to work on your chest muscles as they create stability for the shoulder joints. A stability ball will enhance the results you get from chest exercises. Balance your back over the ball, hips lifted. Holding light weights in both hands, slowly lower one arm to the side, pause and return to center.

Try rowing

Rowing is a great move for toning arms, and you don’t even need a boat for it. You can mimic this exercise at home or in the gym with the long bar used for bench pressing.

Place the bar between your legs, and pick up only one end. Walk backwards until you find yourself in the middle of the bar. Bending forward, bring the bar closer to your body, bending your elbows; then extend your arms, like you are rowing.

Do the Downward Dog

Yoga can help shape your arms, and one of the best positions is the Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Dog.

Get down on all fours, keeping your hands shoulder width and feet hip width apart. Then raise your back and hips in a position resembling a table top. Straighten your knees and elbows.

Lower your neck so that you are looking towards your navel. Press your hands into the ground and hold this position while taking take long deep breaths.

Bend your knees, and while exhaling, return to table pose.

Stretch those rotator cuffs

They may be small, but the rotator cuff muscles are crucial to stabilizing and shaping your shoulders. Seated external rotations with free weights twice a week can help tone and prevent injuries as well. Seated, bend your arm in a 90-degree angle to the side. Without unbending, lower the weight forward slowly to 90 degrees and back.

Burn calories

This is key to toning your body. Walking on a treadmill incline over 10% can be tough, but by leaning forward and holding the rails will help you incorporate an arm workout in your half-hourly trek.

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About the Author

Shaik Moyeenuddin (or Moin, as he is known to those around him) completed his MBA from Bangalore University before choosing to change the path his career would take. He became a Certified Personal Trainer from ACE, specializing in Weight Management, and Strength and Conditioning. Moin has been a regular contributor to more than 15 different fitness magazines in his 6 years in the field. Having joined a bunch of like-minded individuals at HealthifyMe, he currently serves as Principal Fitness Trainer at the company. "Eat healthy and don’t tie yourself to targets, enjoy your workout instead," he says to anyone looking to improve their fitness levels.

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2 responses to “Six moves to shapely arms”

  1. Great tips!
    I appreciate your article.Thanks for sharing.I mostly give time to all these exercise.

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