Workout Series: Arms


Fitness has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I started ballet at 3 years old, moved onto gymnastics, and finally soccer and volleyball in high school. Though I wasn’t extremely good at any of these sports, I always liked being active and my dad made sure I was a tomboy. As I got older, my workouts leaned more towards yoga and pilates, rather than running outside in the mud. Whether it be yoga, boxing, or cycling, I keep myself motivated by choosing workouts that are exciting and efficient.

I am not one of those people that can run on a treadmill for an hour. I get bored too fast, which usually ends with me quitting and walking around aimlessly. Once I accepted that I will never be a runner, I had to find another form of cardio: jump rope. Jump rope is a challenge that always keeps me on my toes (literally). I’ve learned that it is all about finding alternatives and new ways of doing things. That applies to pretty much everything in life. Switch up your routine and keep yourself interested.

I have a new found love for kickboxing. I wake up excited because it doesn’t even feel like I’m exercising. I keep my mind so busy, that I don’t have a second to realize how hard I am training. To be honest, if I didn’t have a job that required me to be in shape year round, I would be eating pizza watching Homeland all day.

If you’re like me and hate sitting in a gym full of people, bring headphones and play your favorite album. Even mumbling the words or humming in your head will keep your mind off everything you are physically feeling. Distracting yourself is the best way to push through something boring or painful.

I have always had naturally thin arms, and my arms are the only part of my body that doesn’t gain weight. I do minimal arm workouts to keep them toned and strong. Everything I do can be modified to fit your personal needs.

Dumbbell Overhead Extensions

Weight: 10 lbs

Reps: 3 sets of 10 reps

Tip: Less is more. Go slow. Small motions will make this exercise harder and you will feel the burn. Your range of motion should be 2 inches.

Bicep Curls

Weight: 8 lbs

Reps: 3 sets of 10

Tip: Exhale and curl the weights while contracting your biceps. Make sure your back is straight and you have proper posture.

Tricep Kickbacks

Weight: 8 lbs (I use 5 lbs)

Reps: 3 sets of 8

Tip: If you have a bench, place on knee on it for balance. I do this workout with a bench, on all fours. You can also do this in a standing-squatting position. Any position will get you the same result.

Tricep Dips

Reps: 2 sets of 12

Tip: Use any hard, low surface for tricep dips. You can even use the coffee table in your living room if it is low and stable. This is my favorite arm workout because you can feel your triceps toning with every rep. It is also easy to do practically anywhere.

Photos & Videos by Aaron Wolff Haxton

Makeup by Suzie K

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