Strength training with weights is important for achieving a toned look, says Siobhan Byrne
TWO of the biggest complaints that I hear from women are about their mid-section and their arms. So in this week’s column we are going to focus on exercises for the arms. Over the years I have helped many clients (aged from their mid-20s to their early-70s) to improve the look of these areas, so what’s involved?
Attention to diet is crucial if you suffer from excess body fat in these areas. The other factor is strength training, developing the muscles slightly to get the leaner, toned look.
Like with everything else, if you are a beginner it’s very important you choose weights that are appropriate for you and gradually build them up as your body gets stronger. In order to develop the muscle you do need to lift weights. Don’t worry about getting a bulky look, this will only happen if you overeat significantly but will not be the result of strength training.
Pick a weight with which you can complete a set, a can of beans in each hand really is not going to cut it in order to develop a lean look, although do start light. Targeting your arms should be done along with all other body parts. This willmake sure you are not just burning the calories needed to help target the body fat but your shape will look balanced. Targeting only specific problem areas does not work, as it is not possible to spot-reduce a specific area.
Remember that the arms get included with exercises for other body parts, such as chest exercises which hit the triceps at the back of the arm and are great for targeting that bingo wing area. You will also want to work the biceps, which can also be hit with a lot of back exercises.
Here are some of my favourite go-to exercises that I use to target arms with clients.