Upper Body Workout

Happy Memorial day everyone! Isn't it awesome to spend a day celebrating the brave solders who gave their lives in the name of freedom? I hope today is spent with friends and family honoring those who had fought for our county. Thank you. 
Maybe this exercise can come in handy tomorrow when all the partying is done. I wanted to share this as many women want to do extra toning for their arms around summer time. And toning is a very important part of an exercise practice. So I'm going to share some of my favorite arm exercises. I planned this and shot it a long time ago (as you can tell). In fact you will notice I'm expecting in these. This exercise is suitable for expecting women but equally challenging for all.
You will need to do a light warm-up before doing these toning exercises in order to warm up the muscles and prevent injury. You can start by doing my warm-up video here.

Best Arm Exercises

What you need:
  • Weights such as hand weights, water bottles, or weight plates
  • Chair, side of a bathtub, or something of similar height 
 Perform each move 8-12 reps 3 times alternating through each exercise.

1. Row in lunge - Stand in a lunge. Start with weight extended toward your front knee. Next bring the weight backward until the weight comes to about your shoulder as pictured. Return back to starting position for one rep.
Targets: triceps, upper back 

2. Overhead press - Start by bringing weights up, arms parallel to the floor and fists straight up. In one motion extend arms overhead (as pictured). Return back to starting position for one rep.
Targets : deltoids and triceps
3. Upright row - Start with arms down in front of you, palms towards the body. Lift wrists in an upward motion close to the body while bringing the elbows outward until your wrists reach your collarbone. Return back to starting position for one rep.
Targets : upper back, forearms, triceps ,and biceps
4. Lateral raises - Start with arms at your side, palms facing your body. Lift the weights outward keeping the arms straight in a flying motion. Bring the weights back downward towards the body for one rep.
Targets : deltoids, forearms
5. Bicep curl - Start with the weights in front of the body, palms away from your body. Bend the elbow bringing the weight in a half circle away from your body until your hand meets your collar bone. Return back to start for one rep.
Targets : biceps

6. Overhead triceps extension -  Start with weights behind your head and elbows bent (as pictured). Extend the arms straight up over head. Return back to start letting the weights fall behind your head for one rep.
Targets : triceps

 7a. Tricep Dip - Start by placing your hand on step and bending your knees so your elbows are bent. Extend the arm straight lifting your body. Return back to start for one rep.
7b. Modified tricep dip - To make this dip a little harder an option is to lift one leg. Just make sure you switch legs evenly.
Both Target : triceps
My music recommendations:

Muse - Uprising
 Little Mix - Wings
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
Imagine Dragons - Radioacive
Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
Flo Rida - I Cry

Have a wonderful Memorial Day also here is some music suggestions for getting your workout on. As always let me know if you have questions. 

Always consult a physician before beginning a workout routine


  1. Like a boss. Look at you staying fit with that baby bump. I've been needing to put my weights to good use, I'll have to try these today!

  2. Thanks lady. It's kinda funny that I never posted these before. But hey it's now or never right? And for some working out while expecting is still an option. Go for it!

  3. All my favorite workouts on one blog. How awesome. Can't wait to get back to my old routine, Monday here I come! Thanks

  4. Helena! Happy you found us!! Please let me know how it goes and if you have any questions and or requests! Hope you have the most fantastic Monday!