Michelle Obama is admired for many things, including being the fittest and most active first lady to ever occupy the White House. She can be seen out gardening, playing with high school kids or doing push ups with television personality, Dr. Oz on the Dr. Oz Show. What she really stirred the media up with, though, was her arms. First it was the fact that she was exposing them, which some questioned as being unprofessional. But most people who defended her said that, even though many of her outfits revealed her arms, they were still tasteful and elegant.
The truth though, is that if you’re going to wear outfits that reveal your arms, it helps to have gorgeous, toned and sculpted arms, much like the First Lady. Now, the first lady’s arms are often the buzz when ever she is seen wearing yet another tasteful selection revealing her arms.
If you want to get arms like Mrs. Obama, we have the information to get you there!
Twice a week, spend 15 minutes strengthening and toning your arms. Start with the routine below, changing the number of reps, the size of your weights, or the order in which you perform the exercises at every workout.
Skullcrusher: Lie flat on the floor, a bench, or an exercise ball; tighten your core, hips, and glutes. Hold a 5- to 15-pound dumbbell in each hand. Start with hands at ears, elbows pointed toward the ceiling. Extend weights toward ceiling by straightening elbows. Do 12 to 15 reps.
Overhead triceps extension: Without resting, stand and hold the dumbbells, elbows pointed toward ceiling. Extend arms straight into the air, then drop them behind your head. Do 12 to 15 reps.
Palms-up biceps curl: With elbows bent at your sides, hold a 5- to 15-pound dumbbell in each hand. Bring hands down as far as you can, keeping palms facing the ceiling, then curl dumbbells back up. Do 15 reps.
Hammer curl: Without resting, turn palms to face each other, arms bent, elbows at your side. Alternate lowering and raising your arms until you’ve done 15 reps on each side.
Concentration biceps curl: Sit on a bench or chair. With dumbbell in right hand, press elbow against inside of right thigh. Allow arm to fully extend toward floor, then curl it back up toward you, ten to 15 times. Repeat on left side.