Good Afternoon, Friends!!
We’re off to a great Tuesday so far, seems to be flying by, which is A-ok by me 🙂
This morning I hit the gym with a GOAL in mind- it was ALL about my biceps & triceps today. I was reading my latest issue of Oxygen magazine & got some new ideas for exercises for these muscles. I had already intended to do bi’s & tri’s today, but I changed a few things when I read the article about arm exercises. Here’s what I did:
|Narrow Grip Cable Curl||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
|V-bar cable curl||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
|Bench Dips||3 sets of 12||body weight|
|French Press||3 sets of 12||20lb. Barbell|
|Preacher Bench Barbell Curl||3 sets of 12||20lb. Barbell|
|21s||3 sets||20lb. Barbell|
|Skull Crushers w/ barbell behind head||3 sets of 12||20lb. Barbell|
|V-bar Pulldown||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
|Wide Grip Cable Curl||3 sets of 12||30lb.|
|Rope Cable Curl||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
|Tricep extensions||3 sets of 12||25lb. DB|
|Tricep Kickbacks||3 sets of 12||7.5lb. DBs|
|Preacher Bench Single Arm DB Curl||3 sets of 12 (Each)||12.5lb, 10lb|
|Rope Cable Curl with Twist||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
|Bench Dips||3 sets of 12||body weight|
|Rope Pushdown||3 sets of 12||40lb.|
After this I did some ab exercises & ended with a butt exercise:
|Weighted Toe Crunch||3 sets of 15||10lb. Weight|
|Obliques Row||3 sets of 15||10lb. Weight|
|Scissor Kicks||3 sets of 20||body weight|
|Bicycle Crunches||3 sets of 15 (each)||body weight|
|Punch & Crunches||3 sets of 10||5lb. DB each|
|Fire Hydrants||3 sets of 10 (each)||body weight|
Total time: 53 minutes, total cals: (approx.) 300
These new exercises (the ones with the wide grip & narrow grip) were hard, in a good way. They were challenging, but I could feel & see my muscles working, which I love 😀
You know what? I was getting ready for work the other day & Craig walked in my bathroom (YES we have SEPARATE bathrooms- it’s a must for me) & I had my arms up fixing my hair & he was like “whoaaaa look at those muscles!!” I was SOOOOO happy to hear that!! He said he could really see the definition. SCORE! Guess these arm exercises are really working 😉 I have noticed myself, but I didn’t know if other people could tell..and apparently they can. I’m by NO means trying to get big, bulky arms, just toned arms, like my girl, Kelly Ripa…
I definitely know it’s attainable..and I’m well on my way…which is super exciting for me 😀 The other cool thing is that I REALLY enjoy working my arms. I love seeing the muscles working (yes, I look @ myself in the mirror when I do exercises to make sure I’m doing things right..but I don’t sit there & stare- haha)
Do you look in the mirror when you work out?
What your favorite arm exercise?
Do you enjoy doing arm workouts?
Who is your arm ‘role model’? (if you have one)
Didn’t know we were playing 20 questions today, did ya?! 😉
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Has anyone else seen the commercials for the new McDonald’s Smoothies made with ‘real fruit?’ I was like, wow, that’s a pretty good idea..I mean, for McDonald’s & I thought maybe I should try one..like if I forgot my lunch or something..or for a quick ‘grab’ when traveling. Well, today I found this article: More calories than a cheeseburger?
The SMALL strawberry banana smoothie has 210 calories- the same as a small french fry or medium coke. The large has 330 calories, MORE than a cheeseburger. It wasn’t really these numbers that surprised me, it was the fact that MORE than 70 grams of sugar in the large one. I mean, it’s now shocking to read that a smoothie (not homemade) has this much sugar, it’s actually pretty typical. But, the article was just pointing out that just because it’s a ‘smoothie’ doesn’t make it ‘healthy.’
Another good one: Bad Diet Advice From the Movies
And this one is for Ab Enthusiasts- like myself. I’ll definitely be using these moves, & probably tonight 😀 Tone Your Abs Without Crunches.
Well, I’m off to get some more work done- I’ll be back with my eats & afternoon workout later 😀