Have you ever dreamed of having amazingly toned Michelle Obama’s arms? Us too! While we might not be able to afford the fabulous sleeveless dresses she often wears to show up her muscular biceps, we can certainly follow a simple workout and diet plan to get the best, toned arms. Watch out Michelle! We’ll challenge you to a push-up contest soon enough!
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With some small changes to your diet and adding arm-focused exercises to your fitness program, you’ll have killer arms in no time. It’s time to finally get rid of the “batwings” and tone those arm muscles into the ideal, muscular arms that any woman and man will be envious of!
How to Lose Arm Fat Fast
The best way to get toned arms is through a two-prong approach: diet and exercise. In order to see your newly, beautifully toned arms, you’ll need to get rid of that flab under your triceps. Unfortunately, targeted weight loss is impossible, but if you reduce your overall body fat percentage, those batwings will shrink.
To reduce your body fat percentage, you’ll need to tweak your diet. Most women will start to see muscle definition around 16-20% body fat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends aiming to lose between one and two pounds per week for healthy weight loss. This means watching what you eat.
One pound of body weight is equivalent to 3,500 calories. If you eat an average of 2,000 calories per day, you need to reduce your caloric intake by 500-1,000 calories per day in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Start by cutting out excess sugars and carbohydrates. Focus on eating lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and complex carbs. Since you’ll be lifting more weight frequently, you’ll also want to eat more protein. You should aim to eat about one gram of protein per body weight, so if you weigh 120 lbs. you should eat 120 grams of protein per day. And don’t forget to drink lots of water!
Exercises to Get Beautiful, Toned Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, and Forearms
Now that you have your diet dialed in, it’s time to work those arm muscles. Cardio is still an important part of your workout program. Don’t skip it as it’s a great way to blast the fat away. You should aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate cardio exercise a day. This could be anything from running to cycling to hiking. Find something that you love that makes you sweat and gets the heart rate up.
Even though your focus is one building beautifully toned biceps and arms, you still need to strength train your entire body 2-3 times a week. No one wants to look like Popeye! Focus on full body compound movements like, squats, deadlifts, and push-ups.
After you complete your full-body or, at minimum, lower body workout, it’s time to turn those arms into machines with these exercises. Add these arm-focused exercises to build the best muscular and toned arms:
Front Arm Raises
Lateral Arm Raises
Push-Ups and/or Triceps Push-Ups
Start the perfect arms program by doing each exercise for 3 sets of 12 reps with a weight that is light enough that you can complete all 12 reps without fail. After a few weeks you should be able to increase your reps to 4-6 sets of 12 reps. As your strength increases, you should almost increase your dumbbell weight.
For the bodyweight exercises, it is perfectly acceptable to do your push-ups on your knees until you can build strength to move up to your toes. Don’t attempt the Triceps push-ups until you have mastered the regular push-up. Triceps dips can be done with legs bent in a 90-degree angle (easiest) or with legs out straight (hardest).
Expert Tip: When doing push-ups keep your elbows in close to your body to really work your triceps.
We’re often asked how to get perfectly sculpted arms and now you have the perfect arm workout to give you those fabulous Michelle Obama arms quickly! By eating a healthy well-rounded diet, losing body fat, and toning your arms with arm-focused exercises, you’ll have beautifully toned arms that are just begging to be shown off in your best sleeveless dress!
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