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Exercise Your Right to Bare Tighter Arms

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Exercise Your Right to Bare Tighter Arms

When it comes to tighter, sexier arms, Jessica Biel, Gabrielle Union and Kelly Ripa set the standard. Okay, so you may not be able to afford a personal trainer like these famous ladies, but you still can achieve arms that you’re proud to bare.

It seems everyone is fascinated by women who have sleek and tight arms – arms with biceps that look fit with a bit of muscularity and triceps that look tight and firm. It displays strength and femininity wrapped into one sexy package.

Working with professional trainers, we’ve handcrafted a surefire tighter-arms workout.

So if your goal is to show off sleek arms in a sleeveless dress, then you've come to the right place.

NOTE:  This routine will work for men, too.

It’s important that you adopt a regular fitness routine before adding in these exercises. Once you have such a program intact, add the following program to your upper-body weight-training sessions.

Place it first in the workout, and then follow with all of your other muscle groups (chest, back and shoulders).

Your arms will be fatigued when performing the other exercises, but this allows you to prioritize the arms. The muscles that are worked at the beginning of a workout usually respond the quickest to changes.

The Workout

(NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with an exercise, simply do a quick online search for a video version.)

Fitball Supine Triceps Extension

Starting Position:

Hold a dumbbell in each hand. Sit on the ball and walk your feet out until your head, neck and shoulders are supported on the ball with the knees at a 90-degree angle.

Raise your hips in line with the knees and shoulders like a tabletop. Maintain the tabletop position throughout the exercise.

Holding the dumbbells, extend your arms toward the ceiling with a slight bend in the elbows.

Movement:

Slowly lower the dumbbells toward the shoulders by bending the elbows stopping just short of the dumbbells touching the shoulders.

Contracting the triceps muscles, slowly return to the starting position stopping just short of the arms being fully extended with a slight bend in the elbows.

Key Points:

Inhale while lifting the weights.

Exhale while returning to the starting position.

The upper arms should remain stationary throughout the exercise.

Barbell Double Biceps Curl (Stand with your back against a wall for better isolation of the biceps)

Starting Position:

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a slight bend in the knees.

Hold the barbell with both hands shoulder-width apart, a slight bend in the elbows and palms facing away from your body. The barbell should be resting lightly on your thighs.

Keep your shoulder blades contracted throughout the range of motion.

Movement:

Contracting the biceps muscles, raise the barbell toward the shoulders keeping the upper arm stationary and elbows close to the body stopping just short of the barbell touching your shoulders.

Slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:

Exhale as you raise the weight.

Inhale while returning to the starting position.

Instruction:

Perform the Fitball Supine Triceps Extension for 10 reps and immediately go to the Barbell Double Biceps Curl and perform 12 reps (superset). Wait 45 seconds and perform the superset two additional times for a total of three supersets.

The Triceps Extension

Starting Position:

Stand with a dumbbell in your right hand and your left hand on your hip.

Press the weight over your head until your right arm is almost straight with a slight bend in the elbow at the top position.

Do not allow the weight to touch your head or neck area.

Movement:

Slowly bend your elbow, lowering the weight until your arm forms a 90-degree angle behind your head stopping before the weight touches your back.

Contracting the triceps muscles, slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:

Exhale while returning to the starting position.

Inhale while lowering the weight.

After completing the set on the right side, repeat on the left side.

This exercise is not to be performed with large dumbbells. The technique is more important than the weight.

You can also perform this exercise while seated on a bench.

The Biceps Curl

Starting Position:

Sit on a bench or chair with both feet in front of your body and your back straight.

Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms at each side and palms facing forward.

Movement:

Contracting the biceps muscles, raise the weights toward your shoulders stopping just short of the weights touching the shoulders.

Slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:

Exhale while lifting the weights.

Inhale while returning to the starting position.

Your upper arms should remain stationary throughout the exercise.

Instruction:

Perform The Triceps Extension for 12 reps and immediately go to The Biceps Curl and perform 12 reps (superset). Wait 45 seconds and perform the superset two additional times for a total of three supersets. Perform the workout on three alternate days of the week. Beginners should perform only one superset of each cycle.

This program may not be easy to accomplish but it will produce results when combined with your eDiets meal program.

Please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.

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