If you’re looking for simple workouts to build or tone your arms, look no further! Below are six ways to pump iron at the gym or with the right pieces of freestanding equipment at home. That’s right: You don’t need any machines to perform these! Read through each description, and watch the corresponding videos to see what they’re all about.
#1 – Alternating Hammer Curl
To do the alternating hammer curl, you’ll need two dumbbells. As you curl each dumbbell, maintain proper form with a straight torso and fixed elbows. Your forearms do the active work here, but your biceps get the greatest burn reward.
#2 – Barbell Curl
When performing a barbell curl, keep your upper arms steady while using your biceps to lift the weight. Lift the bar to shoulder height (or higher like the guy below, if you can). This workout also affects your forearms.
#3 – EZ-Bar Curl
This type of curl uses an EZ-bar, hence the name. Like the barbell curl, it also targets the biceps and forearms — with an added bonus of shoulder work. Unlike the barbell curl, though, it’s easier on the wrists. (The EZ-bar was actually designed for this reason.)
#4 – Bicep Band Curl
The bicep band curl has nothing to do with pumping iron like the other workouts, but the mechanics are similar to a curl involving weights. The resistance you get from a band like this, especially when you add extra speed, is perfect for toning your biceps and forearms!
#5 – Standing Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension
If you really want to “feel it” in your triceps, try this dumbbell tricep extension. While standing, hold a dumbbell with both hands underneath the top weight plate. Keep your upper arms stable as you raise the dumbbell above your head and then lower it behind.
#6 – Swiss Ball Dumbbell Lying Tricep Extension
If you’re in for an adventure, lying down on an exercise ball gives tricep extensions a new perspective. While maintaining careful balance on the ball and keeping your pelvis parallel to the ground, lift two dumbbells above your head with your palms facing each other. You’ll also feel this one in your forearms!
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6 Exercises That Build Better Arms was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/6-exercises-that-build-better-arms/ by Exercise.com Staff
4 Quick Workouts for Students
Busy college schedule? No time to fit in your workout between exams, papers, and class? Don’t let school be the excuse to skip or miss your workout. According to The Lancet, people who exercise as little as 15 minutes a day have a 14% lower mortality risk than people who don’t exercise at all. Just remember, something is always better than nothing!
Quick at-the-Gym Workouts
Here are some quick workout options, that require dumbells or kettlebells, that you can do if you are short on time.
Workout 1: 2–3 rounds Workout 2: 2–3 Rounds Fast Workouts That Don’t Require Equipment
No equipment, no problem. You can still get in a quick workout. Just because you do not have weights available doesn’t mean you should skip.
Workout 1: 3–4 rounds Walking lunges x 8 each Pushups x 10 Squat hold x 5 (hold the bottom position of your squat for 10 seconds) Side plank lifts x 8 each side March in place x 30 seconds Workout 2: 3–4 rounds Side lunges x 8 each side Bear crawl x 30 seconds Single-leg bridge press x 8 each Eccentric pushups x 5 (8–10 seconds on the way down; 1 second on the way back up) Jumping jacks x 30 seconds
Always remember, something is better than nothing! “No time” should never be the reason for not getting in some strength movements as a student. If you need more help for quick workout ideas, stop by the track desk at NIFS and a trainer can help you out.
This blog was written by Kaci Lierman, Health Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. To read more about the NIFS bloggers, click here.
4 Quick Workouts for Students was originally posted at <a href="http://www.nifs.org/blog/quick-workouts-for-students-at-the-gym-or-without-equipment" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.nifs.org/blog/quick-workouts-for-students-at-the-gym-or-without-equipment</a> by Kaci Lierman