We are in the midst of summer, those lovely three months a year that are filled with beach days and backyard barbecues. But if your winter arms didn’t get the memo that sundress and tank top season are in full swing, fear not – Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Tracy Anderson has the workout that will help you say bye-bye those flabby triceps otherwise known as “bingo wings.” And it may be easier than you think.
“You will see improvements to your arms faster than you will on other, more stubborn problem areas of your body,” says Anderson.
But the key to achieving toned muscles may be by utilizing one specific, and unexpected, muscle – the brain.
“We have over 600 muscles in our body,” Anderson explains. “Most forms of fitness can only get to 200. If we use our brain activity to fire the movements and we stay engaged, we can actually get to about 400 of these muscles.”
By participating in mentally challenging activities, you are forced to think about the exercise that you are doing as you are doing it. For example, if you alternate the pattern of your weight lifting or the order in which you do an exercise, you are constantly thinking about what is coming next and automatically use a greater amount of physical and mental energy in your workout. This will lead to more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time.
“I like to do things where you are swinging (your arms) away at various degrees and angles,” Anderson says. She also recommends using lighter weights (or no weights at all), which allow you to do more complicated movements that dually simulate your brain and allow you to create evenly toned arms.
Focusing on you working and toning your arms can be good for your overall fitness routine. Anderson suggests incorporating arm exercises into your regular workout, which can drastically increase the number of calories you are burning overall. So add some arm raises while you burn it on the elliptical machine or add light weights or arm bands to your morning jog. By having all of your muscle groups work together, you can achieve amazing results and show off your summer arms before fall rolls in.