Hey babe! I hope you’re feeling strong, confident, and ready to flex those gorgeous arms! Today in the Studio we have a brand NEW Ultimate Arms + Abs workout! I know it’s easy to get into a set arm routine — curls, presses, flys on repeat. That’s why I mixed in some fun new moves and techniques (helllooo drop sets and doubling up on weights!). Make sure to sign up for class in your Tone It Up app so you don’t miss a thing! Ready to tone that upper bod? Before grabbing your dumbbells, here are a few simple form tweaks to make sure you’re getting the most out of your arm exercises. If you feel like you haven’t been seeing the results you’re looking for, or you’re trying to avoid an exercise plateau, you’re in the right place. These tips have your back…and biceps, and triceps, and shoulders! Let's pump it up! 💪xxo,Karena
4 Form Tweaks To Get The Most From Your Arm Workouts
Get a grip
When we say crush those weights, we mean it! Whether you’re doing bicep curls, shoulder presses, or lat raises, think about really squeezing the dumbbells rather than passively holding them. Why? A stronger grip creates more time under tension, which will help you lift heavier weights AND increase your reps to build lean, gorgeous muscles.
(Don’t) drop it like it’s hot
We know...sometimes the struggle. is. real. It’s tempting to drop your arms after each rep and let gravity take over. Not so fast! That eccentric phase of the exercise (e.g. lowering the weight in a bicep curl) is where the magic happens! Slow it down and stop just short of full extension. By keeping those biceps engaged the whole time, you’ll increase your strength gains and really make those muscles POP!
All in the wrist
Ever feel like something is just...off with a move? Check your wrists! Oftentimes, without knowing it, we’ll bend our wrists forward or backward while gripping a weight. Not only will this keep you from progressing to heavier weights, it puts unnecessary stress on your wrists, making you more susceptible to injury. Aim for neutral wrists to get the most out of every rep and keep making amazing progress! (Be sure to check out these 6 things no one told you about strength training that every woman should know!)
We say it all the time — posture is everything! Arms workouts aren’t just about, well, your arms. The proper positioning of your neck, chest, spine, and hips all make a difference. Think: long neck, tall spine, hips tucked, core engaged. The stronger and more structurally sound your foundation is, the more power you’ll be able to generate with your amazing arms — and any muscle group!