Exercises to Tone your Arms Without Equipment
If you want to enjoy your reflection, flexing your arms, we have good news for you. You don’t need a gym membership for super toned arms. The following exercises are super challenging and do not require any equipment.
1. Diamond pushups
The back of your arms will burn with this pushup variation because it works the triceps like no other workout. The exercise looks simple but it’s pretty challenging so you may have to start on your knees if it’s your first time doing a pushup.
Start in plant position with hands under your shoulders. Keep your back straight and butt tucked in. If you aren’t doing this exercise on your knees, separate your feet shoulder-width apart for increased balance. Now, place your hands on the mat under your sternum making sure that the tips of your thumbs and index fingers are touching each other, forming a rough diamond or triangle shape. Lower your chest toward the mat by bending your elbows to the sides. Exhale and lift yourself back up, straightening your arms. This makes one rep. Repeat 10-20 times. If your arms are giving in, get on your knees but don’t stop!
2. Chair dips
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair with your hands at the edge of the seat. Keep your legs extended and fingers facing forward. Flex your feet. Lift yourself off the chair using your arms. Bend the elbows and lower your body until your upper arms are parallel to the ground and your hips are under your shoulders. Push with your hands to rise back to starting position. Repeat 12 times.
3. Pushup rotations
To challenge your entire body with just a pushup, we recommend adding a twist – literally!
Get into plank position with your feet aligned with your hips. Keep your back straight and tummy tight. Lower your body to the mat, push with your arms and return to plank position. Now twist your body to the left, allowing your left arm to reach the ceiling without moving your hip up or down. Bring your hand back to the mat. This is one rep. Repeat by doing a pushup, but this time, twist to the right and reach the ceiling with your right hand. Perform 10 reps on each side.
4. Grab and go
Get into tabletop position with your face up, knees bent, hips lifted and hands under shoulders, fingers forward. Lower your body by bending your elbows and then straighten your arms. Grab your left foot with your right hand and return to tabletop position. Repeat with opposite hand and opposite foot. Keep alternating sides for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat.
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