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Arm-Toning Workout Moves That Work

If you're looking for a good workout move that will not only tone your arms, but also help sculpt and shape your shoulders for a strapless gown, then here's one you'll want to check out. The first move is for your back and shoulders. Try the others for a fantastic calorie-burning, total-body workout.

What You'll Need

A set of 5- to 8-pound hand weights

Exercise 1: Front Shoulder Raise to "T" Curl Up

  • Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold your hand weights in front of your thighs, palms facing your body.
  • Raise the weights directly in front of you up to shoulder level, keeping your arms extended.
  • Keep your arms at shoulder level and move them back so that they're lined up with your shoulders and your body forms a "T."
  • Lower the weights down to your sides and then perform a biceps curl by bending your arms at the elbows and bringing the weights up toward your shoulders.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat for 20 repetitions.

> Watch the video to perfect the moves!

Exercise 2: Dead Lift to Reverse Flye

  • Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold your hand weights in front of your thighs, palms facing your body.
  • Hinge at the hips as you lower the weights toward the floor in front of you with a slight bend in your knees.
  • Return to your starting position, making sure to stand all the way up so that you fully extend your hips.
  • Hinge at the hips a second time, but this time rotate your palms so that they're facing each other, bend your elbows slightly and raise your arms up into a reverse fly.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the motion.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat for 20 repetitions.

> Watch the video to perfect the moves!

Exercise 3: 5 Jumping Jacks, 5 Lateral Jacks Combo

This is the high-intensity interval part of your workout, also known as the Bridal Blast! It's designed to be performed at a high tempo.
  • Start by doing five jumping jacks. Then immediately go down to the floor onto your palms with your body extended as if you were preparing to perform a push-up.
  • Keep your body in a straight line and rapidly move your legs apart from each other and then bring them back together (a lateral version of a jumping jack) five consecutive times.
  • Repeat this high-tempo exercise for 30 to 60 seconds and then rest 30 to 60 seconds, for a total duration of 2 to 4 minutes.
  • How to Get the Most Out of the Moves:
    Warm up for about 5 to 7 minutes. Perform exercises consecutively in a circuit with minimal rest between them. After finishing all three exercises, rest for 60 to 90 seconds, drink water and repeat for a total of 3 to 5 complete circuits. Always finish your workouts with a cooldown and stretching routine.

> Watch the video to perfect the moves!

-- Doug Rice