It's not tank top season yet, but soon we'll be sporting sleeveless shirts nonstop, so now's the time to start toning your arms! This routine works your entire upper half to burn calories while building sleek limbs and a powerful core so you look sexy and strong. For the video of this workout, click here.
How it works: Three or four non-consecutive days a week, do 1 set of each exercise back to back. Repeat the entire circuit up to two more times.
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Quadruped Pushup Arm Reach
Kneel with hands shoulder-width apart, knees under hips, spine naturally straight, and abs engaged. Bend elbows and lower chest toward the floor without shifting weight forward or back (lower straight down), keeping spine neutral and abs tight.
Push back up, reaching left arm up by ear, palm facing the floor. Return to starting position. Continue, alternating arms each rep.
2. Balancing Curl to Overhead Press
Stand on right leg with left knee bent and heel lifted behind you, holding dumbbells. Keeping knees pressed together and abs engaged, curl arms, bending elbows by sides and rotating palms up.
Extend arms overhead, rotating palms forward, into an overhead shoulder press. Return to starting position. Switch legs to complete set.
10 per side
3. Kickback Knee Crunch
Stand on right leg, holding dumbbells. Bend right knee and sit slightly back into hips, hinging upper body forward about 45 degrees, bending left knee toward chest, and bending elbows behind body.
Extend arms behind body as left leg extends behind hip. Bend arms and left knee back in to starting position (keep abs engaged during the movement to assist with balance). Switch legs to complete set.
10 per side
4. Chest Scoop V-Raise
Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent, abs engaged, holding dumbbells. Scoop arms in front of chest, palms facing up and elbows soft (not bent), keeping abs pulled in tight to avoid leaning back as arms raise. Lower to starting position.
Raise arms up and out into a V shape at shoulder height, palms facing forward. Lower to starting position. Continue, alternating raises each rep.
5. Pushup to Plank
Begin in a modified pushup position, with knees on the floor, toes tucked under. Maintaining a neutral spine, bend elbows and lower chest to the floor (tapping chest to the floor if possible).
Extend arms and straighten legs, coming into a plank position, drawing abs in tighter to spine. Hold for 1 count. Return to starting position. (Make the move harder by starting in a regular pushup position with legs straight. Do a full pushup, then lightly lower knees to mat during plank.)