Finally an exercise video that excites a couch potato like me. LA based trainer Jackie Warner has a workout DVD ( One-On One Training with Jackie) that includes a 2o minute upper body workout. After watching it curled up in a chair, I actually got up, grabbed my 3 pound handweights and joined in. It starts with a short but targeted warm-up rather than a looong warm-ups seen in other exercise programs. The Warner warm-up focused on the upper body, stretching and activating the arms and shoulders.
Warner clearly explains which exercise does what. The movements are straight forward and even I could follow along. Rather than the traditional 3 sets of 10 reps, Warner does each exercise for about a minute — about a total of 45-60 reps. Its the same number as … Continue Reading… →
Give me a new moisturizer and with five minutes I can decode the ingredients and studies to determine if this product has the mojo to deliver promised results. But when it comes to fitness, I’m still drilling down to find the same kind of cause and effect info that will help me choose the right exercises to firm up my arms.
For example, most articles and books dismiss the fear of bulging muscles, implying that women just don’t have the male hormones to bulk up. But flipping through books and videos, I can see women in workout clothes that certainly look chunky and muscle- bound. Turns out that push-ups which are recommended by so many trainers, builds up the deltoid muscles ( top of the arms) and … Continue Reading… →
So here are my baseline photos. I’ve done a lot of before photos, but these are definately the worst. In the top photo I’m wearring my favorite red dress and with my arms flat on my sides, I look pretty good. No bulges or sags. However I tend to move my arms to pick up a glass, wave a cab or tie on a scarf and then you can see where attention needs to be paid. In the second picture you can see the wrinkly bits under the arms and the skin hangs lose where the triceps are invisable. In the third photo I am actually trying to flex my biceps on top and you can see there are no biceps. The best I can say is that there is much room for improvement.