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Good arm toning excersises?

I am working out everymorning, and some in the evenings. But I mostly do cardio. I do some light dumbells, but i feel like I don't really know what I'm doing. Can anyone suggest some excersises for me to do. I don't want huge muscles but I would like to be stronger and toned. Thanks!!!!!!

Fri. Sep 15, 1:31pm

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pushups my dear! they work wonders for your arms, shoulders, back, chest, abs etc!

also do some tricep dips by lowering yourself while holding onto a chair.

using dumbells are great for a lot of different exercises but make sure the weight is heavy enough that you are tired on your last reps. otherwise you aren't stressing the muscle enough to build/tone.

also-you won't get bulky (if you are a woman) . . . . you would have to work VERY VERY VERY hard, and eat a special diet to get the type of bulkiness you probably fear. muscle actually makes us smaller (takes up less room than fat!) so your clothes may fit a lot better even if you haven't lost a single pound!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 1:52 PM

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denise austin has a collection of targeted videos. there is one for arms & bust-3 ten minute toning exercise sessions. very reasonably priced on amazon or probably available through a library. i love these quick mini-workouts!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 2:39 PM

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As the second poster said, it is almost impossible to get huge muscles from lifting weights if you are female. Do not be afraid of the weight! I weigh 115 pounds and can do bicep curls with 20 pound weights.

These basics will hit your major muscle groups in the upper body: bicep curls, hammer curls, french press, tricep kick backs, lat row, front and side shoulder raises, push ups, bench press, pec fly.

Google them if you don't know how to do them properly or what they are.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 3:05 PM

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some sources for good info

Check your local library for books/videos/dvd's on strength training. Also check out magazines like Shape, Fitness or Women's Health for ideas on workouts (buy or check out at most libraries). Check your video store or netflix for dvd's to try out. If you have FITTV, check out Gilad or Cathe Freidrich-both give excellent form pointers and work the muscles in multiple ways. I really recommend starting strength training with a good dvd-it will really give you a good idea of how to work each muscle and prevent you from getting in the habit of doing an exercise incorrectly. Another suggestion to build strength is don't be afraid to go heavy as you progress-you will not bulk up. Also, once you get a routine, switch it up so your muscles are continually challenged.
One last note, resistance tubing (with an over-the-door attachment) can really challenge your muscles and is more affordable than buying multiple sets of dumbbells. Plus it is easy to take with if you go out of town.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 3:16 PM

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OP here- Thanks for the helpfull ideas. I might just get some of the resistant bands and try that. I used to have some, but they've been lost in my many moves.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 3:31 PM

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I do pushups at least 4 times a week and have already lost an inch from my biceps and they are much more defined. I started doing them regularly about 1 monthg ago. Plus they are so easy and convenient to do. Just another suggestion!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 4:46 PM

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were the pushups difficult when you first started? i feel defeated before i really begin and don't know if i should continue and just plow through the half-a** pushups i can do and hope i get better. or maybe i am too large to do them? i am 190 lbs. 5'4'' size 18

Saturday, September 16, 2006, 9:19 AM

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Depending how far you go down, pushups can always be made more challenging. The 4:46 poster may be referring to "easy" meaning you don't need equipment, you can just kind of do them any time. I used to do them during commercials while watching TV.

Saturday, September 16, 2006, 9:39 AM

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to the 9:19 poster-sure pushups are really hard for everyone when you first start (especially if you are doing "real" ones where you aren't on your knees) but don't be discouraged. start off by doing them on your knees. do as many as you can-whether it is just 1 or 20 pushups. then try to go one more pushup the next time you do them (i recommend doing them at least twice a week, but three times would be even better!). before you know it, you will move up to doing "real" pushups. a year ago i could only do 1 or 2 real pushups before giving up and these days i can do about 16! it may not sound like a lot-but it is when you are lifting your full body weight!!

using a balance ball can help if you find on the knees too much or painful!

Saturday, September 16, 2006, 10:29 AM

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Bicep Exercises

A very easy exercise for the bicep is to do a curl using your other fist/arm as resistance. Do sets of 10. This technique also exercises the whole arm, shoulder and neck.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:45 AM

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For me so far the key has been low weights and high rep sets. My arms aren't cut with oodles of definition but I have seen visible improvements that make me feel confident in tank tops.

I do 3 sets of 20 reps for biceps and tricpes using 8lb weights. I used to use 5 pounders. I also do side arm raises.


Monday, April 23, 2007, 12:17 PM

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 8:23 PM

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Ya know I haven't been successful in terms of shedding weight (I'd like to drop 20 pounds), but I've been lifting weights regularly ever since last summer and now I'm using 10 pound dumbbells. I remember before being so digusted by my arms but now I like my arms (with the exception of the layer of fat that I need to lose). The 3 key exercises that work for me are: bicep curls, tricep extensions, and shoulder presses. Make sure you work other main muscles of your body as well. Good luck!

Friday, September 14, 2007, 2:08 AM

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Back Fat

Does anyone have any ideas on how to target back fat? I hate seeing rolls of fat that start under my bra/

Friday, November 02, 2007, 9:03 AM

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push ups

How many do you recommend to start with

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 11:51 PM

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Jillian Michaels!

She has a few amazing videos out, that I do regularly and am very pleased with my progress, my increased strength, and the overall way my body is beginning to look!! My favorite video is called No More Trouble Zones, and is a circuit training type video that works the shoulders, biceps, back, triceps, and chest all the while doing squats and lunges and such to burn more calories and work the lower body at the same time. I highly recommend this video to anyone trying to tone up. I was also very lost when it came to strength training, but the moves she does are simple, but very effective.

She also has a few shorter videos (the 30 day shred series) that are very similar in nature to the video I referenced above, which are also very good to do.

Good luck :)

Monday, May 11, 2009, 11:25 AM

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11:25 - SO agree!! I have pretty much loved anything Jillian Michaels that I have tried. No More Trouble Zones is a great workout!

Monday, May 11, 2009, 12:12 PM

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