Arm Toning + Strength Workout

Arm Toning + Strength Workout is a tough but through and excellent upper body strength workout from Heather Roberson. This workout even burned Heather out! On the final exercise she had to drop her weights a few times because her arms were burning out. I did, too–but I had a lighter set of hand weights nearby and I just swapped mine out. But I love that! It shows Heather is a real person, working hard right along with you.

Heather hits every muscle in the upper body in this workout. You are doing 4 thirty second intervals/sets of each exercise and for most of the exercises I averaged 11-13 reps a set. For that amount of reps you can generally lift pretty heavy, but since you only get 10 seconds of rest between sets, you burn out quicker. So my weights ended up being more moderate. But it is several hours later and my upper body is still burning nicely. So I was well worked! Since this workout is only 29 minutes and contains no warm up, I stacked several of Heather’s workouts. I started with her 5 Minute Warm Up, then I did this workout and I ended with her Full Upper Body Workout, which is another excellent and thorough upper body strength workout. That one is higher rep and more metabolic. Overall, I got an excellent upper body workout this morning.

This workout is made up of a circuit of 9 different upper body exercises. You will do 4 sets of each exercise before moving on to the next exercise. This workout is also set up interval style–30 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery. There is a counter in the lower right hand corner of the screen, counting down your intervals. During the 10 second recovery after the 4th set of each exercise a rectangle appears in the upper right hand corner of the screen, previewing the next exercise.

Arm Toning + Strength Workout is 29 minutes; 1 minute intro, no warm up and 4 minute stretch. Equipment: dumbbells. Heather is using 5 and 10 pound dumbbells. The weights listed below are what I used.

  1. Bicep Curls (12# DBs)
  2. Bent Over Rear Delt Flys (8# DBs)
  3. Single Arm Overhead Tricep Extension (2 sets each arm) (one 10# DB)
  4. Single Arm Bent Over Row (2 sets each arm) (one 25# DB)
  5. Lay Down Push Up (push up alternated with superman)
  6. Straight Arm Side Raise (5# DBs)
  7. Upright Row (10# DBs)
  8. Skull Crusher (one 15# DB)
  9. Boxing (alternating front punches) (I used 5# DBs for the first 2 sets and dropped to 3# DBs for the last 2 sets)

For more info on Heather Robertson’s workouts and other (free) streaming workouts I’ve sampled and reviewed, check out my Streaming page.

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