Tis the season for Buff Brides

The time for weddings is upon us.  And if you’re of a certain age, you’re entering that time of year when you’ve saved the date for almost every weekend.  Even if you’re not the bride, there’s always that push to drop 10 , 20, even 30 pounds before the big day.  The one area everyone wants to tone up?  Their arms.  (Hello strapless dresses!)  Here are few exercises to firm those wings up.

(1) Bicep Curls — A tried and true approach but if you’re not seeing results, it’s probably because you’re not using heavy enough weights.  Aim for a weight that only lets you do 8 reps instead of 15.  If you’re concerned about bulking up, read this.  Aim for 3 sets.

(2) Lateral Raises — Great for the shoulders, triceps and that flab inbetween your arm and chest.  Hold a lighter pair of weights at your sides, palms facing in.  Alternate raising one arm at a time to shoulder level.  Make sure you maintain good posture and that your hands are always in your peripheral vision.  To make this harder, alternate keeping one arm at shoulder level while raising and lowering the other arm.  Aim for 3 sets of 8-12.

(3) Tricep Dips — Simple, but effective.  Because you’re using your own body weight as resistance, you’re going to see faster results than those overhead lifts everyone likes to do.  Just make sure you keep your shoulder and wrists in line and that your elbows stay parallel as you lift and lower yourself using a bench or stable chair.  Aim for 3 sets of 15.

Add these exercise to your normal cardio routine and you’ll be a buff bride with killer arms in no time!

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One Response to “Tis the season for Buff Brides”

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