…and we aren’t Nyan Cat, but those who know me KNOW I love that cat! So let’s focus on those “wings” we have built over the past few years. Don’t shy away from the back of the arms, you know what I’m talking about. In all seriousness, the back of the arm is the top workout request that I receive.
I myself started noticing a lack of firmness in my arms last year and thought, NEED MORE PUSHUPS…and then I got lovely shoulders and biceps. It took me a bit more umph to really find what worked to get me a bit more sculpted in the tricep area now that I’ve matured a bit.
This three-part arm workout worked to kick it where I needed it, plus I love how it flows easily from one move to another. Put it to music and you will barely notice you are working out!
Things to think about…
This workout is not a time based exercise
Do not rest (you may pause) until the entire tiered set is complete
Flow from one focus to the next with limited delay
Keep proper form and try your best
Tiered => 10 reps, 9 reps, 8 reps, 7 reps, etc
Part 1 – Standing with hand weights or at-home equivalents 1-15 pounds, use your best judgement on what is best for you to make the entire workout challenging but manageable, not looking to prove anything or injury here..you will get super strong and there is nothing wrong with starting at 1 pound! AAAAND starting with a 10 tiered set is possible, just use less weight and finish strong, you will know when you are ready for more weight. You can do this!
Begin standing with feet comfortably apart, toes pointed ahead, knees soft/slightly bent, keeping spine in line lean forward to a 45-ish angle and get ready for Bent-Over-Rows
Stay in same body position and move directly into Tricep-Kickbacks
Gently move into a standing position, press your arms upward and prepare for Tricep-Extensions
Now move gently back into the beginning position and repeat with 9 reps, then 8, then 7…yup you guessed it…all the way to 1. Be ready to sweat and feel the burn! But then REST! Yes, Rest…get some Rehydrate and stretch those new found muscles. But wait, don’t get too comfy.
Part two – ready, set, go! Part 2 – Grab a sturdy chair, we won’t dance on it, promise but we will use it to for the next three moves. Again, fluidity from one move to the next, stay in proper form and try your best. Begin in plank position with hands on the chair and feet comfortably apart. Keep your core engaged to support your hips and spine. Move into Push-Ups
Gently turn your body 180 degrees, hands still on chair, core still engaged supporting your hips and spine. Move into Tricep-Dips (you can bend knees if you need more support as you build strength)
Now move gently back into the beginning position and yes, you guessed it…repeat with 9 reps, then 8, then 7…yup you guessed it…all the way to 1. But then REST!
Part 3 – Lay down on the floor. See how I did that? Standing, chair, now floor! YESSSSS. Just don’t rest too long, only two more moves left in this killer arm set, you have my word.
With your hand weights, create a diamond shape with your arms. Weights will be just behind your head, elbows bent and open near ear area of head, shoulders are open meaning armpits open to ceiling. Gently raise the weights to the ceiling, extending arms fully, until you can see them above eye level, lower weights back into diamond shape on the floor. We are mimicking Diamond-Push-Ups…fyi.
Gently turn to your right side, cross your right arm to your left shoulder, using your left arm, perform a Side-Push-Ups. Press firmly into the ground as you lift your upper body. It is okay if you cannot press yourself into an upright position. You will. Keep working on it. This exercise is meant to be at the end of this workout, pushing tired muscles to failure-you will be fatigued and wobbly. Just keep pressing.
Repeat on the left. Then rest…stretch…Rehydrate…stretch…rest…and be prepared to watch those wings fly away. Enjoy!
BONUS ROUND, if you have some energy left, maybe your significant other is into a chair dance performance, just saying ;)