the arm workout ive been doing for an entire decade
For my second post in collaboration with Flat Tummy Tea, I wanted to share the arm workout I have been doing for a long time now, ever since I was 16. Thankfully my parents coaxed me into a gym habit from a young age, and it’s one of the biggest advantages they gave me in life. And now at 26, still officially obsessed with Sarah Jessica Parker’s arms, and with a brand new fitness section here on Frassy, I thought why not start with sharing some of my workouts? So first up, arms – I don’t know about you but I prefer a toned arm to a thin one, and from a practical viewpoint, I can lift, drag and roll my overweight luggage every time I travel. My taxi drivers are always impressed! Plus there is no cami or sleeveless garment that scares me, I’m ready and willing to get my arms out whenever I feel like it. Also, building muscle speeds up your metabolism, which means you burn more calories even when you aren’t moving. Toning up aids de-bloating too, improves posture and basically just makes you look like a babe. These 4 exercises are simple, effective and super time efficient – and if a gym membership isn’t something you can justify right now, all you need is a pair of free weights. I usually will grab a 5 or 6 kilo weight in each hand. Do 1 set of each exercise back to back, with little to no rest between moves. I usually do 30 reps per set and I repeat each exercise in 4 circuits, with a 30 second break between each circuit. I’ll then finish with 4 sets of push-ups, but those aren’t included here, because I think we all learnt those in P.E class, right?
Shoulder Lat Press:
Stand with feet wide, knees soft and holding dumbbells to your side with a slight bed on the elbow. Continue to go up until your arms are parallel to the floor. Slowly ower arms to return to start.
Stand with feet wide, knees soft, holding dumbbells with arms in a goal post position (elbows open to sides at shoulder level). Brace abs into spine and extend arms straight overhead. Slowly lower elbows to return to start.
Overhead Tricep Extension:
Stand with feet wide, knees soft, holding dumbbells behind your head at a 90 degree angle. Extend arms until straight, slowly lower to return to start.
Stand with feet wide, knees soft, holding dumbbells at arm’s length at the edge of your hips. Turn your arms so that your palms face forward.Tuck your elbows into your sides and bend them, curling the dumbbells up to your shoulders. Make sure your elbows stay stationary and your upper arms do not move. Slowly lower elbows to return to start.
post-workout tips – nourish, de-bloat and recover
I prefer to work out on an empty stomach and eat after I shower. I’ll usually reach for a quick salad with an omelette or some grilled chicken and a couple glasses of whatever my juicer and I created that day. I do everything I can to stay away from carbohydrates, they just wreck havoc on my energy and bloat me like you wouldn’t believe. Finally, I’ll make myself a cup of tea, and as you girls probably know, I’ve been using Flat Tummy Tea for some time now, since the early summertime. It’s refreshing, nourishing, 100% natural and has genuinely kept me trimmer and toxin free. Flat Tummy Tea cleanses your body from the inside, clearing out all the nasty build ups, thus debloating you – an ideal daily detox. I have even seen an improvement in my skin, which with age has become far more sensitive to things like stress and pollution. Be sure to check the brand out, I’m a fan – and if you don’t quite believe me, read all their incredible testimonials here!