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Upper-Body Boot Camp: Toned Arms in 10 Minutes

Sculpt slim, sexy arms with this quickie upper-body boot camp.

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Propped Push-Up
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
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Propped Push-Up

What you'll need: A 4- to 8-pound medicine ball ($15 and up, power-systems.com)

Targets: Shoulders, back, chest, triceps, and abs

  • Start on all fours (knees under hips, back flat), both palms pressing into ball directly below chest, fingers pointed toward floor. Extend legs behind you and balance on toes so that you form a straight line from head to heels, with feet about 2 feet apart.
  • Bend elbows to lower chest toward ball, keeping arms by sides, abs engaged and back flat. Exhale as you push back up, straightening arms.
  • Do 8 reps. Rest 60 seconds; repeat.

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Smash-Down

Targets: Shoulders, back, triceps, and abs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding ball with both hands in front of thighs, abs engaged.
  • Keeping shoulders down, swing ball up and slightly behind head, bending elbows, as you lift heels off floor and stand on tiptoes.

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  • Forcefully swing ball down toward knees while lowering heels to floor and bending knees in a slight squat.
  • Return to stand. Do 15 reps. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat.

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Star Pass

Targets: Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and glutes

  • With ball in left hand, extend arms out to sides at shoulder level, palms up.
  • Lift right leg straight out to side and lean to left while maintaining balance.
  • Lift arms overhead as you lean back to center, pass ball to right hand and switch legs. Lower arms to shoulder level and lean to right for 1 rep.
  • Do 10 reps. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat.

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Curl and Toss

Targets: Shoulders, back, biceps, triceps, and abs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding ball in right hand, arms by sides.
  • Curl ball up to right shoulder, keeping elbow by side.

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  • Bring left hand to right shoulder and use both hands to lightly toss ball straight up.
  • Catch ball with both hands and bring it to left shoulder. Holding ball with left hand, return right arm by side.
  • Lower left arm. Repeat curl/toss on left for 1 rep.
  • Do 12 reps, then repeat, going faster with good form.

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Ball Flye

Targets: Shoulders, chest, and obliques

  • Holding ball in right hand, lie faceup with legs lifted, knees bent 90 degrees.
  • Extend arms straight up, directly over shoulders.

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  • Pass ball to left hand and slowly lower left arm straight out to left while lowering bent knees and right arm to right.
  • As soon as right arm touches floor, bring legs and arms back to center. Pass ball to right hand and repeat on other side for 1 rep.
  • Do 10 reps. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009.

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sandra_foster1 wrote:

Upper body boot camp workout is a good workout but I don't think it is good enough for having a slim and beautiful body alone. It should be accompanied by a proper exercise and diet program in order to have a real fit and sexy body. Flavia del Monte's program helped me a lot. I recommend further at http://tinyurl.com/flaviadelmonte00

6/18/2012 06:36:28 AM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

A few months ago I started reading Brilliant Yoga: The Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Body and Life by Sarah Sanders. It helped me discover the amazing benefits of yoga: increased flexibility, stress relief, toned muscles, improved sense of health and well being and so many more. It also helped me lose weight! You can find more info here: http://goodlifefitness.org/yoga

5/22/2012 02:32:02 AM Report Abuse
discreetlymh wrote:

This slideshow was awesome!

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