Sculpt­ing toned guns primed for sleeve­less sea­son

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Here’s a se­cret: I used to be scared to lift. I thought weight­train­ing my up­per body would turn me into the In­cred­i­ble Hulk. Need­less to say, since start­ing my fit­ness jour­ney more than three years ago, I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of build­ing strength in the up­per body, and un­der­stand that weight train­ing not only helps to strengthen and sculpt the arms and up­per back, it’s also key for pos­ture and align­ment.

If you think arm ex­er­cises in­volve end­less bi­cep curls, I’m here to help you mix things up. Whether I’m train­ing my­self or my clients, I split up­per-body train­ing into push­ing and pulling move­ments that are both hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal. Re­mem­ber, the se­cret to sculpt­ing strong arms isn’t how heavy you can lift. Chal­leng­ing your arms to hold your own body weight is an ex­cel­lent way to im­prove your strength – and it’s some­thing you can do on the gym floor or from the com­fort of your own liv­ing room. Th­ese moves are all bi­lat­eral (us­ing both arms), but you can also in­cor­po­rate uni­lat­eral moves (sin­gle-arm ex­er­cises) to help even out any im­bal­ances in strength and move­ment. So, give this work­out a try and arm your­self for the new sea­son.

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