It's been so much fun working with all of my beautiful brides-to-be this summer, and seeing their amazing results! Even though these ladies started months in advanced, there still are some tricks of the trade you can do days or hours before an event to make your arms feel tighter and more toned in your sleeveless dress. Here are a few of my favorite arm focused exercises you can you can do in the comfort of your living room, and require no workout equipment!
Double push-up to side plank hold
Start in a high plank position (or on knees to modify) with hands directly under the shoulders, and slightly past shoulder distance apart. Make sure your spine is neutral and abdominals are engaged. Complete two slow push-ups, ending in your high plank. From there, pivot your feet to the right, stabilize your left shoulder, and rotate your torso to the right allowing your right hand to reach toward the ceiling. Hold the side plank position for 8 counts and return to your high plank. Complete 2 push-ups as before, and rotate to your side plank on the left. Think of this whole sequence as 1 rep, and complete 4-6 reps.
Reverse plank with tricep dip
Start sitting with legs extended, heels planted on the floor, and knees just slightly bent. Lean back so that your torso is at a slight incline. Place your hands directly under your shoulders with fingers facing forward. Elbows should be bent. In one motion lift your hips off the floor and straighten your arms to come into a reverse high plank. Hold here for a pause, then similataniously bend your elbows and lower your hips back to the floor. That's 1 rep. Think about lowering down for a slow count of 3 or 4 in order to challenge your muscles. Complete 8 reps. Modified handstand push-up
Start in a downward dog position. Lift on your tiptoes and start to walk your feet out wider than hip distance and up towards your hands (only as far as you can go without bending your knees). Make sure your shoulders are stabilized. Lift higher on your toes and simaltaniously bend your elbows, allowing your head to reach closer to the floor. Then straighten your arms to press back up. You should feel most of the work in your shoulders and upper back. Keep the movements slow and controlled, and repeat 10-15 reps.