As part of my quest to focus my free time devoted to exercise, I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to weight training. Based on my personal research on the subject, I believe that weight training is very important to my exercise routine for a number of reasons.
I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my lower body as a result of weight training. I am not kidding when I say that in just a few weeks of getting back on the weight training bandwagon my butt has shrunk nearly a full size. But when it comes to upper body work, I’m having a harder time producing results. A lot of times, my arms are barely sore after weight training for a good 45 minutes, and the results have been incredibly slow to manifest. So I’ve added in a new element to my upper body workout: Tracy Anderson’s arm routine in her basic mat video.
Some of you may know that Tracy Anderson has trained Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Courtney Cox. She focuses her routines on ballet and dance, working to activate the smaller muscles to build a leaner, tighter body. Amazon reviewers swear by the arms portion of the workout, and since that’s a particularly troubling area for me, I figured I would give it a shot.
The workout itself is incredibly difficult. I don’t know if any of you have done ballet (I did it for about 7 years as a kid) but your arms get tired pretty quick after holding them upright for longer than a few minutes. Imagine this times ten in Tracy’s workout. My arms were burning after a short time doing the exercises, and I could barely hold my arms up to complete the entire routine. I’m working on building up enough stamina to complete the entire workout all the way through, and I’m glad to have introduced a new challenge to my stubborn arm muscles.
Do any of you have special fitness routines you swear by to get rid of that pesky arm flab? Tips appreciated!