Want to tone up in time for the big day? The team at Pepilates share the most effective Pilates moves to help tone your arms…
No matter what wedding dress style you choose, every bride’s arms need to be toned and defined, especially if you are considering a strapless dress. The four moves below, from the team at Pepilates, will work the shoulders, triceps and biceps, giving your upper body an all-over workout set to turn heads.
Classical Pilates Pushups
Start standing tall with your arms above your head. Roll down through the spine and feel the stretch in your back and hamstrings. Once the hands touch the floor, start to walkout into the plank position. Use your hips and core to support the shape so you don’t drop in your lower back. Once in the plank position, lower down in a push-up position with the elbows skimming the sides of the body, not going out to the sides. Press back up to a plank, walk back to your feet and roll up to standing. Repeat sequence ten times.
Stand up and extend your arms out by the sides. The arms should be parallel to the floor and 90-degree angle to your torso, gently close your ribs at the front and position your torso so your spine is long. This is your starting position. Slowly start to make circles of about 1 foot in diameter with each arm at the same time. Breathe fully into your lungs as you perform the movement. Continue this motion for about 10 seconds and then reverse the movement in the opposite direction. Repeat this sequence 10 times. As you get stronger you can place some light weights in your hands.
Plank arm row
Start in the push-up position. Keeping your hips level, lift your left-hand off the floor and bend your elbow so your hand ends up level with to your left shoulder. Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side. This is one repetition, repeat 20 times.
Tricep dip kicks
Sit on the floor with your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor. Lean your torso back 45 degrees and place your hands on the floor slightly behind the hips. Bring your left knee to your chest, putting your left foot on top of your right knee, and then lift your hips off the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat 20 times.
Thanks to the team at Pepilates! Keep your eyes peeled for more exercises from our Pilates series, coming soon!