So your arms don't feel or look as strong as you'd like—it honestly makes sense. Most of our contemporary lifestyles don't exactly involve the types of activities that produce toned, powerful biceps, triceps, and shoulders. (Though, fun fact, I recently read that according to evidence from bones found in Europe, prehistoric women had arms stronger than today's most elite rowers, simply because they worked so hard farming.)
Anyway, the point is, we need to put a little extra effort into toning our arms these days. To help us do that as easily and efficiently as possible, we tapped one of our most trusted trainers, Meghan Pickrell, M.S., a kinesiologist, movement specialist, and the owner of Mind & Motion Pilates in Los Angeles.
“An often overlooked aspect of working one area of the body (such as toned arms) is how the rest of the body is participating. As the old adage goes, ‘It’s all connected,’” Pickrell told us. "We want to feel how the arms are connected to our back. This helps us engage our back body. Because the shoulder girdle moves at several joints, the placement (or movement) of our shoulder blades is equally as important; so is how our spine and shoulders relate to each other."
Keeping all of that in mind, Pickrell put the following three easy at-home arm exercises together. Keep scrolling for her step-by-step breakdowns and demonstrations. Arms as long and strong as our prehistoric ancestors are soon to come.