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Ready, Set, Sleeveless Arm Workout

Sculpt sexy arms and get rid of bra-strap bulge with these upper-body toners.

Mon, 4 Apr 2011|

Hi, I'm Suzanne Bowen. I designed this challenging and effective upper body workout exclusively for Fitness Magazine to get you ready for sundress season. This plank rotation is really going to work the sundress area, the bra bulge and the back. It's really important, so take your legs up, extend your legs, and then try to keep your body level and then take your front elbow up and down, and then we're gonna axial rotate up and then back down. Do that again, up, down, now rotate up and down. You're going to do 8 to 10 times on each side so about 20 times if you can. We're going to do the reverse pushup to work the back of the arm so take your legs down, take your hands under your shoulders, and lift your hip off the floor. Shift your weight back and then take your back leg on top of your front leg, and then we're going to bend the elbows. Just bend down and then extend the leg as you straighten the arms, and then again down and up. Inhale down, exhale up. You're going to do 8 to 10 times on each side, exhale up. Bring it down. Now switch sides. This Pilates pushup is going to work the shoulders, the arms, and the chest, so let's come forward, bring the hands under the shoulders, and extend the legs up. Now take your back leg and extend the heel up. Keep it in line the front leg and then we're going to bend the elbows, bend the elbow straight back, exhale, press up. The only reason you're going toward the floor is because you're bending your elbows so don't let your back drop. Exhale back up. You're gonna do 8 to 10 on each side. This next exercise is going to sculpt your shoulders and your upper middle back. Let's come forward into a plank position. Okay. Hold your arms, elbows underneath the shoulders, and then lift the legs up. Tuck your toes under. Lift your abs and then take your chest forward, and back. Forward, exhale, back. Eight to ten times, exhale back, and you'll feel it. This down dog to up dog is really going to help sculpt and tone the shoulders as well as stretch out the muscles that we've just worked, so take your toes, tuck them under, and extend to a full plank. And then if you can extend the front leg out, go ahead, and then take the hips back, driving from the shoulders into a down dog, extending that leg up, and then keeping your abs tight, come forward into an up dog without letting the back leg hit the floor, and then pull in and press up, driving through the shoulders and bring it back forward to up dog, lifting the abdominal while staying very strong. You're gonna do 8 to 10 times on each side.

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