Forget dumbbell and cable based workouts at the gym if you want strong, toned arms, all you really need is your own body weight and some serious motivation!

Reptile push-ups

Reptile push-ups not only look pretty fierce, they’re also great for working your arms as well as your core.

To do them, start in a push-up position, with your shoulders directly over your hands, then tighten your abs, glutes and thighs. While lowering your chest to the floor, bring one knee toward your elbow on the same side of the body. Push yourself back up and repeat on the opposite side.

Pike push-ups

Pike push-ups are certainly not for pikers! These will work your arms as well as your back, making them a great way to build strength for handstands.

To do them, start in a downward dog position, then walk yourself forward so that your shoulders are closer to your hands. Lower your head down as far as you can, then push back up.

Burpees

Although burpees are thought of mostly as a conditioning exercise, do enough of them and your arms will start to ache.

To do one, get into a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you, then kick your feet back and quickly lower your chest to the floor. Bow up and return your feet to the squat position as fast as possible. Then immediately jump into the air as high as you can.

Dive bomber push-ups

Dive bomber push-ups are an extra fun version of a push-up that will really cause your arms to burn, making them one of my all-time favourite push-ups.

To do them, start in a downward dog position, then bend your elbows and drop your chest to the floor as you push forward. Pause when you have pushed your body forward and up, then bend your elbows and drop your chest back down to the floor. Push back up to the starting position and repeat.

Plank jumps

Plank jumps work both your abs and your arms and shoulders, and are much more dynamic than holding a traditional plank.

To do them, start in a plank position with your shoulders directly over your elbows, then jump your feet as far as you can toward your hands. Jump back to the starting position and repeat.

Not sure on how to master these exercises…Give us a call and we will be more then happy to get you started on the basics.

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