Beyond Bicep Curls: The Best Exercises for Toned Arms

Get ready to get your guns in awesome shape with this quick paced arm exercise,  developing strong and toned arms take more than some bicep curls, in this workout you will learn workout to workout your arms as well as other parts of your upper-body. 

Personal Trainer Holly Rilinger gives you an incredible arm workout to bring you one step closer to a sleek and sexy upper body. Holly has created a workout comprised of three challenging rounds that works all muscles in your upper body - big and small! Each move is done for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of active recovery between exercises. You will be performing each of the first two exercises two times before moving on to the next round. For this Kickstart workout you will need a medium set of dumbbells. 

Bent over dumbbell rows are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Get in a standing position and slightly bend your knees. With your dumbbells in your hands with your palm facing your torso, arch your back and pull the resistance to the side of your chest. On the way down control the weight and exhale. 

Push ups are one of the most well known workouts, and the best part all you need is your own body weight. To start get in a high plank position with your shoulder forming a straight line to your ankles.  

Overhead shoulder press also known as a military press is another workout that workouts multiple muscles simultaneously. In your standing position grab your dumbbells and lift them over your head with either your palms facing your head or in front of you. Holly likes to extend after a light squat, move at your own pace and work your way up to Holly's level! 

Renegade rows are a twist on bent over rows but it is completed on the ground. Place your dumbbells on the floor shoulder width apart and position yourself on your hands and toes as if you were doing a push-up. Use the handles on the dumbbell to support your weight, you may have to spread your feet wider to increase your stability. Push one dumbbell into the floor and row the other one. Repeat and alternate sides. 

Bicep curls, unlike the rest of these workouts bicep curls are not a compound workout, they isolate one muscle. This is a great workout to do to feel that extra burn, hold the dumbbells at your side and curl one at a time. 

Push-ups into mountain climbers combine 2 great heart pumping workouts in one. Start in a push-up position and proceed to do a push up. When you extend up run in place while your hands are still on the floor. Repeat and make sure to inhale and exhale within the movements. 


Holly Rilinger

This video features Holly Rilinger.

Duration: 13:19. Last Updated On: 2015-07-15
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