6 Gym-Free Arm Workouts
Get sleek arm muscles for that sleeveless dress with these quick moves
No need to dread those little black dress opportunities this season -- we've got easy, gym-free moves from Hollywood trainer Viveca Jensen, founder of Piloxing, a hot new combo of Pilates and boxing. Wave hello to your sleek, sexy arms!
Stand on toes two feet from a counter. Place hands on countertop, and lower down and back up, keeping elbows close to the body. Work up to 3 sets of 20 reps.
Reach arms out in front at shoulder height, with open palms facing up. Bend elbows to 90-degree angles, keeping hands open. Slowly lower to starting position. Do 2 sets of 30 reps.
Bend knees slightly, tighten core muscles, and bend elbows at chest level with clenched fists facing each other. Circle fists rapidly, as if hitting a speed bag, for 3 sets of 30 seconds. Rest 10 seconds between sets.
With feet hip-distance apart and knees slightly bent, lean forward to create a flat back. Pump arms back toward each other, palms facing in, keeping arms tight and straight. Do 3 sets, 30 seconds each, resting for 10 seconds between sets.
Stand with arms reaching out to the sides. Circle arms forward, keeping elbows straight and muscles tight and flexed, for 30 reps, and then do 30 reps circling backward. Do 3 sets.
Create a strong (fighting) stance with feet staggered and knees slightly bent, keeping core muscles tight. Punch the right fist out to the left, then left fist to the right, alternating fists for 3 sets of 30 seconds each. Rest for 10 seconds in between sets.