14 Days to Totally Toned! {ARMS}

ttgfwbHey guys! It’s Monday…Ok, so I’m gonna be honest with you…this is not least favorite day, it always seems so hard for our family to come back from a weekend and have a good groove on Monday, you know what I mean? I have friends that I absolutely adore Mondays and I try…but alas Mondays and I remain at odds.

So I decided to try once again to make friends with Mondays and start challenge  today!  I want to introduce you guys to Gettin Fit with Brit’s 14 Days to Totally Toned!
Join me for the next 5 days as we focus on different parts of the body and cardio! I decided to focus on a different topic each day rather than share them all at one so that you can have time to incorporate each into your already existing daily workout routine! I even have some fun printables for you guys at the end of the week!!

So let’s get started with Monday: Arms

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is a lot different then what you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.
  • Feel free to mixed it up with your weights for different moves {it’s ok if you use 10’s for bicep curls and 25’s for deadlifts. Do what is comfortable for you at your current fitness level
  • Swap out dumbells for kettlebells {when applicable}
  • Increase or decrease reps to fit your fitness level

Reps and Sets below are personal suggestions – Do what is right for you – Pick from 2 sets/2x a day {this is what I do}, 1 set/2x a day or 1 set/4x times a day. Work at your level!

Diamond Push Up {or Triangle Push Up}:

15-20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}

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  • Get in the push-up position with your hands close together under your chest making a diamond with your thumbs and index fingers
  • Lower your body as far as you can to the ground
  • Press back up.
Bicep Curls:
20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}
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  • Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides, palms facing forward
  • Bend your elbows and curl the weights toward your shoulders
  • Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position, straightening your arms completely.

Arm Circles:

20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}

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  • Hold your arms straight out to the sides with palms facing up.
  • Circle forward 15 times
  • then backward 15 times.
  • {optional}Flip your palms so they face the floor and repeat the sequence
Deadlift to High Pull {psst – I like to use a Kettlebell for this!}:
20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}
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  • Hold dumbbells in front of your thighs, palms facing your legs, feet hip-width apart
  • Lean forward and lower your torso until you are almost parallel to the floor
  • Push your hips forward to return to standing
  • Pull dumbbells up to your chest.
  • Return to start
Triceps Extension {psst – I like to use a Kettlebell for this!}:
20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}
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  • Hold dumbbell head with both hands and lift the weight overhead, arms straight above your head
  • Bend your elbows to lower the weight slowly behind your head
  • Straighten your arms returning to start
Chest Press and Fly
20 reps/2 sets {repeat twice a day}
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  • Lay down with your back stability ball, holding dumbbells at your chest, palms facing each other
  • Push the weights straight up
  • Open your arms wide, lowering the weights out to the sides
  • Reverse move returning to start
Plank:
1 Minute {repeat twice a day}
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Starting at the top of a pushup position,
bend your elbows and lower yourself down until your body straight line.
 hold for 60 seconds. If you can’t make it to 60 seconds, hold for 5 to 10 seconds and rest for 5 seconds, continuing for 1 minute. Focus on form: Don’t drop your hips or raise your butt.

OPTIONAL: Don’t forget my favorite 5 minute Arm workout from POPSUGAR!

Directions: Do each workout {including video} 2x a day for the next 14 days

{Special Thanks to Women’s Health & Women’s Heath UK  & Real Simple for the great images and POPSUGAR for their always amazing workout videos!}

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17 Minutes to Fit!

unnamedIt summer! Yay! Are you like us, spending your days swimming and enjoying the awesome warm weather? If so, you are probably finding it difficult to fit in a great workout! Look no further! Here are three awesome workouts {Abs,Arms and HIIT} that will have you feeling fit! The best part? It will only take 17 minutes! Oh and be sure to have a bottle of water nearby! You’ll need it!

 5 Minute Standing Abs

5 minutes to tighten your abs and get some rockin definition. Do all the moves standing! Grab a dumbbell or a book {or no weights} and feel the burn!

 5 Minute Arms

Got 5 minutes? Grab a set of five-pound dumbbells and join celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire and feel the burn!

7 Minute HIIT

Get ready for a seven-minute, high-intensity workout! All you need it a mat and chair! You will sweat through these 12 moves.

 

Find more awesome workout videos from POPSUGAR Fitness!

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**I am NOT affiliated with POPSUGAR and I was NOT compensated for this post. This is based upon my personal thoughts and opinions

Day 1 | 31 Days of Pinterest Workouts Challenge

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Here we go Day 1 YAY!!!! Here is todays workout: Arms

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I absolutely LOVE this workout! Summer is just around the corner and with summer comes tank tops…I am so not ready for that 😉

For this workout I used 5 lb weights {you could also do 3 lb, or 8 lb. whatever your are most comfortable with}

  • Difficulty level? On a scale of 1- 10 I would give this a 4 or 5. When working a targeted part of your body and it does get really tired and quite sore! I would recommend 15 reps of each move and going through the workout twice, and do it in both the morning and the afternoon to get those triceps toned
  • How long it takes {on average}? I would give your self a good 25-30 minutes for this baby!
  • Do I feel the burn? Oh it burns…it burns so good…but that means its working!!
  • My pros and cons? No cons for this one! Pros: I love that you can do this workout pretty much anywhere, weather you live in a studio apartment or an immaculate mansion! It could even be done outside in the morning sun with a yoga mat. All you need is weights and a workout band. {If you don’t have a band *pictured in the 1st & 2nd image, do the motion shown with a weight instead of the band!}
  • “Keeper” or “Don’t waste your time”? KEEP IT! I will in fact be adding this to my daily routine!

What’d you think? Are you keeping this?

Don’t forget to grab my workout printable. Click to image to DOWNLOAD !

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Follow my “Fit and Healthy” pinterest board {that’s where all the workout are being taken from}

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Sorry for the “late” in the day evening post! I will be posting early from now on 🙂

 

{Please note that I will be doing each workout one day early so that I will be able to post in the morning/afternoon 🙂 }

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