Did you give your arms the cold shoulder this winter? It's easy to bypass biceps, triceps, and shoulder exercises when they're hiding under layers of chunky sweaters. But with warmer weather on the way, it's time to focus on those overlooked limbs.
When developing a fitness plan, it's important to avoid spot training and one-dimensional exercises. While the main goal is to reveal strong, sculpted arms, biceps curls alone won't yield the results you desire. Instead, focus on total-body conditioning moves that will help shred your entire physique.
Squat shoulder press
This one-and-done compound exercise is extremely effective at creating curves, crushing calories and chiseling your entire body. Its explosive nature encourages muscle endurance and improves overall athletic ability.
Plank shoulder lifts
Planks have become one of the most popular exercises for a reason: They firm the entire body, improve balance, and improve stability. And while the plank is a rock star in its own right, it's only an opening act compared with the following variation.
For beginners or those new to side planks, modify this movement by practicing it on your knees first. Keep your shoulders safe by choosing a light, manageable weight.
You could create an entire workout on plank exercises alone. By making tiny tweaks in the placement of your arms and legs, different muscle groups are targeted. This plank variation energizes the chest, core, shoulders, glutes, quads, biceps, and triceps by forcing them to lift and lower your body weight.
For best results, repeat this circuit three to five times.