TONED ARMS // Tabata with Weights

Tone Arms // Tabata with Weights is an awesome little upper body finisher workout from Heather Robertson. This is one of her older workouts, too. I started combing through her workout library recently, looking for ones I had somehow missed. I am surprised at how many of her workouts I overlooked! Anyway, as the title indicates, this workout is done tabata style: 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery. You cycle through 6 different exercises 3 times using this 20/10 interval style. Choose the right weights and, if you use this as a finisher after another upper body strength workout like I did this morning, then you will definitely finish off your workout nicely.

Tone Arms // Tabata with Weights is 10:06 minutes; one minute intro, no warm up or stretch. Equipment: dumbbells. Heather did not reveal the weight of her dumbbells but they looked like 10 pound dumbbells. The weights listed below are what I used. There is a timer in the lower right hand corner of the screen counting down your intervals and recoveries. Heather previews the next exercise during the recoveries.

  1. Tricep press (overhead tricep extension) (one 25# DB)
  2. Arnold press (18# DBs)
  3. Curl + press (bicep curl into overhead press) (16.5# DBs)
  4. Row + kickback (bent over double arm row into a tricep kickback) (13# DBs)
  5. Delts combo (one straight arm front raise + one bent arm side raise) (9# DBs)
  6. Shadow box (alternating front punches) (5# DBs)
  7. Repeat #1-6 two more times

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


6 thoughts on “TONED ARMS // Tabata with Weights

  1. I did this one as the finisher to 2 other workouts. I started with Heather’s newest kickboxing vid (this one: which was a TON of fun! I loved the combos and pace. Like usual, Heather takes liberties with her titles so if you’re thinking this is a lot of kicking/punching you’re going to be disappointed. It was an excellent conditioning workout! (I used 2 lb weights throughout.). I think you’d enjoy this one …

    Next I did an older upper body strength workout (this one: It was a great short vid that concentrated on shoulders/bis/tris with a nod to chest/back. With appropriate challenging weights this was a real winner.

    I finished with the vid you mention above which did a nice job of finishing off the same muscles as in the previous workout.

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    1. I used to do Heather’s short Toned Arms workout for fitness breaks back in 2020 when I first started teleworking. I’m still teleworking and I still take fitness breaks but I have moved on to other things. But I did this little workout several times back then. I have Heather’s newest kickboxing workout scheduled for Friday. So I will be trying it out then.


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