Easy Exercises to Tone Your Arms - Barre Exercises
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THREE 'AT HOME' MOVES FOR TONED ARMS

By GEMMA BASS-WILLIAMS

Looking to tone up your arms for Summer and beyond? First stop - try and get to a Barrecore at least three times per week. Second stop - try these three easy to follow moves at home in between class to get your arms in tip-top shape.

Move 1: Eccentric Arms

Best for working: Tops of shoulders, triceps and upper back.

How to do it: Stand with arms stretched straight out to the sides at shoulder height. Make a small bend press movement with your arms on a horizontal plane. The smaller the movement the harder you'll work. Repeat 30-40 times.

Challenge yourself: Add leg lifts at the same time as working your arms for a full body burn.

Move 2: Can-Can Tricep dips

Best for working: ‘Bingo wings’ with added core work from the can-can movement.

How to do it: Sit on the floor with your knees bent, hip-width apart, placing your hands under your shoulders (fingertips pointing forward). Pull one knee into chest. Bend elbows back as lifted leg extends toward ceiling, then press your elbows straight as the knee bends back toward chest. Repeat 15 times, then switch legs.

Challenge yourself: Straight leg can-can. Start with a straight leg up toward the ceiling and stretch your leg straight forward (even with lower knee) as arms move straight, then move leg back to a vertical position when arms bend.

Move 3: Weighted Arm Hinges

Best for working: The entire arm, it will be sculpted and lengthened

How to do it: Holding a 1.5-2 kg weight in each hand (water bottles work, too!), kneel on the floor with knees six inches apart. Keep tailbone tucked under and abs drawn in as torso ‘hinges’ back, so there is a diagonal straight line from knees up to your head. Bring your elbows in to your ribs and arms at a 45 degree angle so you can just see your fingers in the corner of your eye. Press weights out in front (just a couple inches) twice, then extend both arms straight once. Repeat sequence 15-20 times.

Challenge yourself: Add a small tuck of the tailbone with each arm movement.


Barrecore's most effective arm-shaping moves explained