5 Best Moves to Tone Your Arms

5 Best Moves to Tone Your Arms

Just grab a couple weights and get to work for lean, toned arms.

You don’t need a gym membership to get a good workout in at home. With just a few things you probably have around the house, you can be on your way to get tight and toned arms!

Once you’re cleared to exercise by a physician, do two sets of 12 reps for every one of these moves. You can also choose to do two sets of 12 reps of only one move and combine it with other exercises that hit your legs and core for a full-body workout!

Chair Dips

  1. Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair or high step. Place your hands on it on either side of you with your fingers facing forward and your knees at a 90-degree angle in front of you.
  2. Lift yourself forward off the chair, lowering your body until your arms are at a right angle, then straighten them out and lift yourself up again.
  3. Repeat.

Shadow Boxing

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent, and tuck your elbows in towards you so your fists are between your ribs and waist.
  2. Slowly punch your right arm out in front of you, as far as it can go, twisting your fist inwards as you go and keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  3. Then do this with your left arm, pulling your right arm back in as you do. Once you have the basic move, speed it up for 45 seconds a set.

Weighted Arm Lifts


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  1. Standing with your legs just slightly bent and holding a dumbbell in each hand (whatever weight you’re comfortable with), raise your arms out to the side until they’re shoulder level.
  2. Hold for a second, then bring them further up until they’re straight above your head and your arms are shoulder-width apart.
  3. Lower them down again, stopping at shoulder level for a moment before returning to the original position.

Reverse Curls

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, your arms at your sides and a dumbbell in each hand so that your palms face back.
  2. Keep your biceps still and raise the dumbbells up towards your shoulder, then back down again to the original position.

Lying Triceps Press

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With a dumbbell in each hand, lift your arms straight up towards the ceiling.
  2. Bending your elbows, lower your arms behind you until the dumbbells are almost on the floor behind your head.
  3. Raise your arms back to the original position.

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