Banish those Bat Wings!
It’s my favorite time of year, and I get requests every class to tackle this specific “fright” – how to tone upper arms.
One exercise I love to target that specific section is Barre Pushups!
No equipment needed, just a sturdy surface that can hold your body weight, such as a ballet barre, chair, or sturdy piece of furniture like a countertop or dresser. Stand facing the sturdy surface with your hands flat. Lean forward into an incline, or plank, position, with elbows close to your sides. Like a traditional pushup, you’ll lower your body closer to the sturdy surface, then raise it back to the starting position, elbows staying close to your body. Take care that your spine stays straight, hips in alignment. Watch for arching your back or lifting your butt up in the air.
Complete a full set (or more!) of these incline pushups, working your triceps, as well as keeping your core zipped and engaged. Make this exercise a little more challenging by moving your hands closer together, making a diamond shape by touching your thumbs and fingers together on both hands. For best results, work out those arms at least twice a week!
Here are a few of my favorite tracks to get you into the spirit, whether you’re stretching or sweating!
Haunted by Poe
Goodnight Moon by Shivaree
Black Cat by Janet Jackson
Devil Inside by INXS
Maneater by Nelly Furtado
Fever by Devil Doll
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