Why is it that the muscles we use the most are some of the hardest to tone? Despite using our arms all day, every day, nice long and learn arm muscles are tricky to achieve. Evidently shoveling our faces with delicious vegan food on the daily isn’t enough of a workout to get Serena Williams-style arms — shocking. Good news, though: You don’t have to hit up the weight room to get the look you desire.
If you want to give your arms a great workout — toning up even the trickiest of areas (looking at you, underarms!) — you might want to try mastering tricep pushups. Yeah, yeah, pushups aren’t fun, but if you can dedicate 10 minutes a day, you’ll be really happy with the results.
“As a Pilates instructor, I often have women ask how they can tone their arms — especially the area underneath the arms. Tricep pushups are my go-to because they can be done virtually anywhere. They target your triceps, biceps, back extensors, and even your core,” says Amy O’Bannon, Pilates Instructor at Pilates on Fifth and Physio Logic in New York City.
Want to give them a try for yourself? They’re not as awful as you think — promise.
1. Lay face down on your stomach with your legs together, toes curled under, and your arms bent under your shoulders with your forearms firmly pressed against the mat.
2. Engage your core by pulling your belly button toward your spine and engage your lats, aka the muscles underneath your armpits and shoulder blades.
3. Keep your toes, knees, and forearms firmly pressed against the mat while you lift your pelvis, core, shoulders, and head off the floor, making a table-like position with your back.
4. Slowly lower your upper body back to the floor and repeat.
Complete 3 sets with 5-10 reps in each set.