Monday, May 5, 2014

Work Those Arms!

[Stacie Clark, Source]
The warmer weather means one thing: summer is coming. Which translates to bathing suits, dresses and tank tops. I have never been a fan of doing any type of arm work, which you have probably read many times on here. Fortunately, Women's Health's Janaury 2014 Next Fitness Star winner Stacie Clark shared three of her favorite at-home arm workouts to help get me (and you) ready to wear our cute summer outfits. 

None of these require equipment so they can also be done while traveling. Last minute workout before hitting the beach?

Pike Walk Pushup Combo
Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides. Bend over (it's OK for your knees to be slightly bent) and place your hands or fingertips on the floor in front of you. Walk your hands forward until you are in a pushup position and do one pushup. Keeping your hands in place, walk your feet forward until they're as close to your hands as possible. That's one rep. Continue moving forward until you've done five or six pushups.

Airplane Extension
Lie face down and extend your arms out at shoulder level with your palms facing the floor. Pull your shoulder blades together and lift your arms, legs, and chest off the floor. Holding that position, bring your arms forward, reaching past your head. Hold for one count, then move them back. Lower yourself to the floor. That's one rep. Do 10 to 15.

T Pushup
Get into a pushup position with your hands on the floor directly below your shoulders. Lower yourself to the floor. As you push yourself up, rotate the right side of your body upward, lift your right arm, and roll onto the outside of your left foot. Straighten your right arm so your fingertips point toward the ceiling. Hold for one second before returning to the pushup position. Repeat, this time rotating left and reaching up with your left arm. That's one rep. Do five.

Here is a little more information on Stacie:

Fashion director-turned-certified athletic trainer Stacie Clark knows exactly what it takes to work toward a goal and succeed. With over 15 years of experience in fitness and athletic development from youth to adult, Stacie’s focus is on individual and group training, encompassing the fundamentals of functional bodyweight training and athleticism.

Now, go work those arms and get ready for Memorial Day! Ps. It's less than 4 weeks away. 


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