Some of you may know that when I started working out in January 2016 it was inspired by my impending wedding and I was motivated by getting in shape to look hot for my big day! One of the things top of my list of flabby bits to tone was ARMS. I always struggled with confidence around my upper arms and always felt they looked flabby in certain outfits. This would not do in a wedding dress!

So, my aim – to get toned sexy arms weren’t too muscley or ‘stacked’. Contrary to popular belief, if you lift weights in the gym – you will not get stacked over night!! Seriously I know so many girls who avoid the free weights because they think their arms will get too big. Body building takes months or even years of constantly lifting and using VERY HEAVY WEIGHTS. Trust me, you’ll be fine.

I’m really pleased with how my arms look now – I feel that they are slender and I have some muscle definition but not too much growth. I achieved this by doing one upper body workout per week where I worked all the muscle groups in my arm, and by keeping the weights mostly the same or increasing by a small amount (1kg at a time).

My favourite arm exercises:

­čĺÖ Push ups

­čĺÖ Pull ups (assisted or non – depending on how hardcore you are)

­čĺÖ Tricep dips

­čĺÖ Bicep & Tricep curls using the cable

­čĺÖ Bar bell clean & press (great all body toner)

­čĺÖ Kettle bell swings (tones the whole arm)

The important thing to remember is it’s okay to start with very low weights. If you think about it – the Bicep and Tricep muscles on your body are actually pretty tiny compared to, say, your leg muscles. The key is to complete the exercise slowly and controlled with a weight that is challenging, but still enables you to complete the movement.

So, get down the gym and boss those arms. Being strong is sexy!

Do you like upper body workouts? What’s your favourite?

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So the last time I posted I was 4 months into my ‘get fit for the wedding’ mission and had lost 2 stone and a dress size. Although I was happy with my progress, I still wanted to tighten up and improve my strength and fitness. I can now happily say that just in time for the wedding I achieved my target of shedding 2 1/2 stone and am now a size 8/10 UK. We had our beautiful wedding and I can look back on the pictures with confidence and pride dammit because I am so proud of myself!

How I did it.

TEAMWORK. I could not have done it without my now husband Paul getting me up in the morning and forcing me to go for runs! Whether it’s a partner, family or a friend, having someone to support you and achieve results with you is so helpful.

NUTRITION. It’s 80% of results blah blah I used to shudder when I heard things like that because I LOVE FOOD and I cannot survive on celery. But me and Paul but real effort into cooking meals that were balanced, healthy and tasted good. I’m lucky because he’s an excellent cook but to give you an idea, there is such thing as healthy; pancakes, pizza base and even bread. It’s about balance. We cut out refined sugar completely and focused on whole gain carbs, upped our vegetables and ate more protein than anything else. The rest was easy.

CROCKFIT PLAN. This was the biggie. This is what I can put down to me achieving my results this time when I failed so many times before. Alex Crockford is a personal trainer and fitness model (we both worked with him back in the day) and he has recently released his own ‘Crockfit Fitness Plans’ for Men & Women. ┬áThe plans are 12 weeks long, but can be continued after, and aim to shock the body and get the results that everyone wants. It takes commitment, but we followed the workouts religiously 4 times a week and the rest is history really. You can check out his plans here.

BECOMING AN EARLY BIRD. I cannot workout after a full days work and I never have been able to, that’s where I have always fallen down. I just can’t bring myself to go when I’m tired. So, we started going at 6.30am 4 days per week. At the beginning, it was hard, but now I love it and the feeling of going into work at 9am having already bossed a gym session is super addictive.

CUT OUT DAIRY. I know I said we eat a balance but that is one thing we have cut out completely, firstly because of it’s fat content and secondly because of some of the negative effects of lactose. We have swapped to almond milk and plant based products and have got on really well with that.

COFFEE. Black coffee is allowed so we swapped tea, juice, squash, pretty much everything we cut out for a bad boy black coffee. It gets easier the more you drink it.

Results.

STRONGER.

SLEEPING BETTER.

FEELING HAPPIER AND MORE ALERT.

CONFIDENCE & WELLBEING.

LOVING EXERCISE AND FITNESS.

HOWEVER.

Now comes the tricky part. The wedding is done. I’m back to full time work. It’s summer, there are parties and gatherings and dinners everywhere I look. Temptation is everywhere and maintenance is so key to fitness! I am always growing, trying to improve and get better. So my journey has only just begun!

xox