Day 2: Sculpt Your Arms

8 Mar
Rise and Shine! It’s challenge time!  How did Challenge 1 go??  During the ab workout, I said to myself, “If I did this everyday, I would have some nice abs!”  So that’s my goal: to do it everyday.
For all you ladies, summer time means tank tops and sundresses. Let’s get our arms in tip-top shape so as to avoid the dreaded “arm jiggle.”  The following workout is from Women’s Health. Move through the entire workout 2 to 3 times, depending on your fitness level. You may want to start with 2, keeping in mind that you have to continue it for the next 6 days.
Standing V-Raise Works Shoulders
Grab a 5-to 8-pound dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides (A). With arms straight but not locked, raise the weights in a V shape until your arms are parallel to the floor (B). Hold for 1 second, then return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps. Tip: If you arch your back or swing the dumbbells for momentum, use less weight.

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Shoulder PressWorks shoulders, upper back, and biceps
Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the dumbbells just above your shoulders, palms facing each other (A). Press the weights up until your arms are straight overhead (B). Hold for 1 second, then take 3 seconds to lower the dumbbells back to start. Do 6 to 8 reps.

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Renegade RowWorks core, shoulders, upper back, biceps, and triceps.
Grab the dumbbells and get into the top of a pushup position with your hands on the weights and your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart (A). Bend your right arm and raise the dumbbell to chest level, pressing the left dumbbell into the floor for balance (B).Lower the weight to the floor, then repeat the move on the left side. That’s 1 rep; do 6 to 8.

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Remember: Do 2-3 sets of the workout with no more than 1 minute rest in between. This challenge isn’t supposed to be easy!

In addition to your arm workout, don’t forget to keep up the ab routine from Day 1!

Rosie the Riveter says:


Let me know how Day 1 went in the comments section! I know that we will all be feeling really good about ourselves at the end of the 7 days if we keep this up! Stick with it…no excuses!


4 Responses to “Day 2: Sculpt Your Arms”

  1. Zestful Lou March 8, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    I woke up a little earlier to make sure I had time to get my two challenges done. I started with the ab routine, but I added on 25 more bicycle moves at the end, for a total of 50, and then also supplemented with some “flutter kicks” to engage the lower tummy area. I did two sets of the arm workout with 5 lb. dumbells and my arms were tired!! I used to be so much stronger, but that’s what this challenge is for: to get back to the physique I used to have!! Good luck everyone!

  2. aison morten March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Yeah summertime!! Here come flat abs and tight arms!! Love these challenges. You go, Lou, and all of your “challange followers” too!


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