How to Tone Arms Without Bulking Up: Tips for Defining Muscle Tone Without Adding Bulk

Tips for Women

Many women workout their arms and find that instead of getting slender, toned arms they look more bulky than usual. This can be because they are exercising the wrong way. They could be doing the wrong workouts for their small physique.

When I first started working out I noticed finding the right arm exercises was difficult because I found my arms looked bulkier than they did before I started working out. It also seemed that many of my male trainers kept telling me things to do and when I did my arms didn't seem to get any smaller. I sought help from elsewhere and eventually found out what exercises would make the arms smaller.

In the next section we will review the key exercises to concentrate on for toned arms.

  • Push-ups
  • Rowing Machine
  • Chest Press

Toning Exercises

The first thing to do are push-ups. You may have tried them before but perhaps you never focused on them long enough.

Wall Pushups

If push-ups are too hard for you, instead of the regular ones, you can do them on the wall. Stand facing a wall, legs shoulder-length apart. Put your arms on the wall as if you were doing a push up on the ground. Keep your body straight and push forward to the wall. Bring your body back up and take your right arm and twist your body so the arm is straight up and behind you. Do the same for the other arm after going back down for another wall push up. Do about 15 reps twice.

The rowing machine is also great because it works to tone your arms and your back. Sit on the machine and put the weight up just enough so you feel the burn but so that it does not hurt. Row back and fourth slowly for 15 reps. If you should need further assistance ask a trainer in your gym, but the instructions should be on the machine.

Chest presses are also great because you get a good workout and you tone your arms but it doesn't give you bulky muscle. Take two 8-pound weights and lay on your back. Arms should be out to the side and bent. Bring your arms up over your face and back down as your exhale. Do 15 reps.

Getting sexy arms can be hard for women, so knowing which exercise works the best for women is key.

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