Let's face it: even if you're a devoted fitness junkie who eats well and is in relatively good shape, chances are you've got that one body part you're constantly looking to perfect. Even the thinnest among us have likely longed for lean, toned arms at one point, and the good news is that even if spot fat reduction isn't a realistic goal, visibly strong arm muscles are. Here are a few tips to help you get there.
Incorporate both cardio and strength training into your routine
Most trainers would agree that if fat loss is your goal, your best bet is to focus on weight training before a cardio session. This increases the "afterburn effect." Your resting metabolism rate is heightened and your body is working to help your muscles recover, which results in an increased calorie burn long after the workout is over.
Try the rowing machine
A 30 to 60 minute workout on the rowing machine works all the muscles in your upper and lower body while increasing your cardiovascular conditioning. This will also help you burn calories and, in turn, lose fat faster.
Train with light weights
Many people often give up on regular arm workouts because they try to pile on too much too soon on top of their regular fitness and cardio routines, ending up quickly feeling defeated. Even small, isometric moves with or without weights can leave you feeling the burn and seeing results after sticking with it.
Focus on simple arm exercises
The best part about arm exercises is that you don't even need to visit a gym or own any equipment. These 20 upper-body exercises will quickly help you achieve toned, strong arm muscles so long as you do them regularly.
Challenge yourself when you're ready
Once you've built some strength and resistance with simpler exercises, you can move on to more advanced moves. These 11 arm-fat-reducing moves will help you achieve your toning goals.