Beginner Arm Workout with Weights


If your gym routine is new to you, it’s natural to feel hesitant about heading to the weight room. From weight loss to toning up, there are many reasons why weight training deserves to be a part of your life, but it can be a little nerve-wracking if you’re not sure where to start. Luckily, personal trainer Anna Renderer has taken all that anxiety out of the equation with an easy-to-follow dumbbell circuit workout that’s designed with the beginner in mind.

Anna says that doing two moves back to back is a great way to feel the burn, and this workout does just that. Perform the first move in the circuit 10 times to complete a set, then the second move 10 times to complete a set. Switch back and forth until you’ve completed three sets of each. Then, do the same for the second and third circuits.

Lying Chest Fly (Circuit 1)
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Work your pecs to give your chest a little lift while toning your low abs.

  • Lie on your back with your hips and knees both at 90-degree angles. Using your low abs, press your lower back into the mat. Raise your arms toward the ceiling, palms facing each other, keeping the elbow joint slightly bent.
  • Keeping your torso stable, open your arms out to the side until your elbows are about two inches from the floor.
  • Raise your arms back to the ceiling, bringing the weights together over your chest. This completes one rep.
  • Do 10 reps to complete a set. Use five- to eight-pound dumbbells.

Lying Triceps Extension (Circuit 1)
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Strengthen the backs of your arms and get ready for tank-top season with this effective triceps move.

  • Grab a set of dumbbells, and start by lying on your back.
  • With one dumbbell in each hand, raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
  • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your dumbbells so they are on either side of your head, elbows bent and pressing in toward your head.
  • Lift arms back up to starting position. This is one rep.
  • Do 10 reps to complete a set. Use five- to eight-pound dumbbells.