Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sexy Arms

4 Moves to Stop the Jiggle!

I really enjoy switching out my workouts every couple of months, and this workout created by Raphael Calzadilla is not easy, but will produce results.

For four weeks, add the following program to your upper-body weight-training sessions. Place it first in the workout, and then follow with all of your other muscle groups (chest, back and shoulders).

Yes, your arms will be fatigued when performing the other exercises, but this allows you to prioritize the arms. The muscles that are worked at the beginning of a workout usually respond the quickest to changes.

The Workout

A1. Fitball Supine Triceps Extension

Starting Position:
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand.- Sit on the ball and walk your feet out until your head, neck and shoulders are supported on the ball with the knees at a 90-degree angle.

- Raise your hips in line with the knees and shoulders like a tabletop. Maintain the tabletop position throughout the exercise.

- Holding the dumbbells, extend your arms toward the ceiling with a slight bend in the elbows.

Movement:
- Slowly lower the dumbbells toward the shoulders by bending the elbows stopping just short of the dumbbells touching the shoulders.

- Contracting the triceps muscles, slowly return to the starting position stopping just short of the arms being fully extended with a slight bend in the elbows.

Key Points:
- Inhale while lifting the weights.

- Exhale while returning to the starting position.

- The upper arms should remain stationary throughout the exercise.

A2. Barbell Double Biceps Curl (Stand with your back against a wall for better isolation of the biceps)


Starting Position:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a slight bend in the knees.

- Hold the barbell with both hands shoulder-width apart, a slight bend in the elbows and palms facing away from your body. The barbell should be resting lightly on your thighs.

- Keep your shoulder blades contracted throughout the range of motion.

Movement:
- Contracting the biceps muscles, raise the barbell toward the shoulders keeping the upper arm stationary and elbows close to the body stopping just short of the barbell touching your shoulders.

- Slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:
- Exhale as you raise the weight.

- Inhale while returning to the starting position.

Instruction:
Perform A1 for 10 reps and immediately go to A2 and perform 12 reps (superset). Wait 45 seconds and perform the superset two additional times for a total of three supersets.

B1. The Triceps Extension

Starting Position:
- Stand with a dumbbell in your right hand and your left hand on your hip.

- Press the weight over your head until your right arm is almost straight with a slight bend in the elbow at the top position.

- Do not allow the weight to touch your head or neck area.

Movement:
- Slowly bend your elbow, lowering the weight until your arm forms a 90-degree angle behind your head stopping before the weight touches your back.

- Contracting the triceps muscles, slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:
- Exhale while returning to the starting position.

- Inhale while lowering the weight.

- After completing the set on the right side, repeat on the left side.

- This exercise is not to be performed with large dumbbells. The technique is more important than the weight.

- You can also perform this exercise while seated on a bench.

B2. The Biceps Curl


Starting Position:
- Sit on a bench or chair with both feet in front of your body and your back straight.

- Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms at each side and palms facing forward.

Movement:
- Contracting the biceps muscles, raise the weights toward your shoulders stopping just short of the weights touching the shoulders.

- Slowly return to the starting position.

Key Points:
- Exhale while lifting the weights.

- Inhale while returning to the starting position.

- Your upper arms should remain stationary throughout the exercise.

Instruction:
Perform B1 for 12 reps and immediately go to B2 and perform 12 reps (superset). Wait 45 seconds and perform the superset two additional times for a total of three supersets. Perform the workout on three alternate days of the week. Beginners should perform only one superset of each cycle.

Please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Cheers,

Eve :-)



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