Bust out your sleeveless dresses! This workout will shape your arms into ones that rival Jennifer Aniston's
While you can't predict who will win at Sunday's Golden Globes, you know there will be fabulous jewelry and spectacular gowns showing off stars' enviable bodies, especially their noticeably toned arms. You may not be able to afford those dresses, but you can certainly score equally sexy arms—and without stepping into a gym (or dishing out the dough on one of their trainers).
Saying good-bye to batwings and jiggle by following one pro secret: Combine short bursts of cardio with targeted exercises to burn fat all over while defining your arms. In a short period of time, you'll be rocking that strapless dress with star-like confidence.
How it works: Perform each exercise back-to-back with little to no rest between exercises. At the end of each circuit, jump rope for 2 minutes, then rest 30 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit 4 times total.
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Y Raise
Grab a pair of light dumbbells and stand tall with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the weights in front of thighs. (Discover when to use light or heavy weights—there's a time and place for both!—for this chest workout for women or any routine.)
Keeping core braced, draw shoulder blades down and back as you lift the weights above head in a Y position. Return to start at a slow and controlled pace.
2. Diamond Pushup
Begin in plank position with feet slightly wider than hips and hands together directly under chest, forming a diamond shape. Keeping abs drawn into spine, bend elbows and lower chest as close to the floor as possible without sagging through hips (elbows stay close to sides). Return to start position. Modify on knees if needed.
3. Rear Lateral Raise
Stand with feet hip width apart, holding dumbbells with palms facing forward. Bend knees, shift hips back, and bring torso close to parallel with the ground.
Without moving torso, raise arms straight out to sides to shoulder height. Pause, then slowly return to starting position.
4. Straight-arm Plank with Shoulder Touch
Get into a pushup position on the floor with arms directly beneath your shoulders and hips forming a straight line from your shoulders to your feet.
Remaining as stable as possible, lift one hand off the floor and touch the front of the opposite shoulder. Place hand gently back on the floor.
10 per side
Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels.
Contract your core to avoid your body swinging back and forth throughout the movement.
5. Standing Dumbbell Biceps Curl
Grab a pair of dumbbells, stand up straight and with a braced core. Allow the dumbbells to hang at arms-length with palms facing forward.
Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to your shoulders as you can. Pause for a second and slowly allow the weights to return to the starting position with arms fully extended.
Keep your elbows stationary and tucked at your sides.
Make sure to squeeze the biceps at the top of the lift.
Be sure to lower the weight all the way until your arms are fully extended.