Friday, April 9, 2010

The Wavemaster

I bet you are wondering what "The Wavemaster" means. Well it's a little inside joke between me and my brother that goes way back. Everyone has teased their siblings at one time or another of either being a little chunky or too skinny. Pick one that will hurt their feelings the most and use it. That was the strategy when we were younger. Heck sometimes I still use it. Anyway, my brother thought The Wavemaster would be a great nickname for me. He said "When you move your fat waves." What a sweet little brother I had. Well we have grown up since then but he never misses the chance to remind me of the nickname he just finds so darn hilarious. I'm sure we all have a problem area that we are constantly self conscious about or maybe it waves when you move... Mine is my arms. You know the place. When you wave to your friend and your arm waves too. Now that the weather is getting warmer and we can't hide under our sweaters and coats, it's time to get those jiggly arms toned up!





Yes Jennifer, we know your arms are amazing. You don't have to rub it in.




Here are some great moves I found on Health.com. Try to do them every day or at least every other day and your arms should be nice and toned just in time to wear those cute tank tops and sundresses!!



1. Sideways Floor Push for Triceps



A. Lie on a mat on your left side with your left leg bent slightly behind you and your right leg extended diagonally from your hip. Wrap your left arm around your waist and bend your right arm, putting your right hand on the mat near your left shoulder.

B. Keep your feet on the mat and your left arm wrapped around your waist, extend your right arm (don’t lock your elbow) and push your body up; lower your body to complete the rep. Do 24 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Work up to 2 sets.




2. Crab Sit with Dip for Triceps



















A. Sit with your legs bent and feet shoulder-width apart on the mat in front of you. Put your hands on the mat behind you, directly beneath your shoulders, with your fingers facing forward. Without locking your elbows, extend your arms to raise your hips as far as you can off the mat.

B. Keeping your butt slightly off the mat, bend your arms, pointing your elbows behind you (be sure the movement comes from your arms, not your hips); extend your arms to complete the rep. Work up to 2 sets of 24 reps.




3. Reverse Curls for Biceps


















A. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 5- to 8-pound dumbbell in each hand in front of your thighs, palms facing in.

B. Without bending your wrists, curl both hands to your shoulders, then lower them back down to complete the rep. Work up to 2 sets of 20 reps.



Happy arm toning darlings!! What are some of ya'lls favorite exercises to get in shape for spring and summer?

8 comments:

  1. Your brother does indeed sound so lovely and sweet!!

    I do the crab dip but have my hands on a chair. It's a killer, but it really works!

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  2. What a fun post - I love the exercises. It's like you read my mind, I was just thinking I could use a little arm toning myself! :) Thanks for posting the exercises!

    Happy weekend :) OXOX

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  3. Great suggestions. I'm a yoga buff/runner myself. Yoga does great things for the arms too!

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  4. I love your blog too (and the pretty pink and green template... great minds think alike!). ;) My brother knew exactly what to say to tease me growing up too... and exactly what could make me cry in about 1.5 seconds. Nothing like brother/sister love!

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  5. Great suggestions! I'm going to have to try these!

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  6. Needed these...you'd think constantly picking up a 25 lb. baby would be enough but I still could use a little extra toning! And yes, Jennifer A. is ah-mazing!

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  7. Fab post girl! I sooo need to start doing these little exercises. I just had a look at my arms the other day and wasn't pleased!

    Happy Weekend Dear!

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  8. I'm so glad my post spoke to you. That's what my goal is each weekend...touching just one person makes a difference. :)

    That's hilarious about the Wavemaster!

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