Yesterday I made a very sobering realization. Despite the slow, but not-terribly-painful 5 miles on the treadmill I got in on Monday, I need to stop kidding myself. I AM injured. My leg does hurt. Not like “I need to down half a bottle of Advil” hurt or “I can’t put any weight on it at all” hurt, but it is sore. I’m about 92% sure I know what the problem is too, but more on that later once I have confirmation. I have an appointment with the foot & ankle doc on Tuesday. In the meantime, I’ve made the very difficult – but I’m sure also very wise – decision to not run. This will mean a lot of cross training through yoga, riding the bike, and strength training my core and upper body.
I thought today I might post up one of my favorite upper body workouts. I don’t know if I would necessarily refer to myself as “ripped” or anything, but I am toned enough that I’ve been asked by quite a few people how I made my arms happen. I am not a heavy lifting gym rat and prefer to do most of my strength using hand weights and my body weight at home after my daughter goes to bed. This has worked out really well for me so far. Not only does it fit effortlessly into my schedule, but – coupled with my cardio workouts and the fact that I’m often carrying around a 30lb 2 year old – it has gotten me some pretty decent muscle definition.
Flex time. These are my arms. My mom HAAAATES them. I think she thinks I look like a dude. I am a little vascular which kind of makes me self-conscious, but it is what it is. I know in gym culture veins are considered cool. Otherwise, I think they are pretty awesome.
And this is a workout that I’ve cooked up. As with every other post I’ve made about fitness, please remember this: I am not a professional. This is just a mish-mash of my favorite arm exercises that I like to do in the comfort and convenience of my living room while watching Ghost Hunters. The only thing you will need is hand weights and if you don’t have any, cans of Spaghetti O’s work too. Or canned vegetables. Bottles filled with water or sand. Two tall boys of Bud Light. The possibilities are endless. Push ups and dips don’t require any weights at all.
The best part about this is that you can make this as easy or difficult as you want it to be. I have a variety of weights that I use ranging from 3 to 8 pounds. Sometimes I will run through this workout once with my 8’s if I’m short on time or a few times with my lighter weights. It’s all about what you are comfortable with. Just take your time and do each exercise slowly. If you have questions as to what any of these exercises looks like, feel free to ask and I’ll point you in the right direction! Happy lifting!
Do you strength train? What is your favorite way to work your arms?
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