Week’s Worth of Workouts! Wednesday: Arms
I like to do these moves first thing in the morning to perk me up! I usually have the most energy early in the day; and these moves keep my posture open and lifted so I stay alert and awake until evening.
Pilates Push-Ups — Start by standing with your arms reached out to the ceiling, then slowly round your body forward toward the ground and walk out to plank pose. While keeping your abs tight, elbows bent, and back straight, lower your body down towards a narrow triceps push-up and then press back up to plank. Walk arms back to your toes, round up your body slowly to stand and repeat the movement five to eight more times. You can also add more push-ups each time, 1, then 2, then 3, then 4, then back to 3, 2, 1.
Tricep Dips — Sit with your legs long in front of you, hands back about 10-12 inches with hands facing forward. Lift yourself up to an incline plank. (Too hard? Feel free to keep your knees slightly bent!) Now, holding your body still, bend and then extend your elbows as your lower and lift your body. You’ll feel your triceps and rear deltoids working. Repeat two to three sets of 10-12 reps.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!