Sexy and Toned Arms in 30 Days

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30 days to toned, shaped, sexy looking arms? If you want better looking, toned arms then stop dreaming about it and get to work with our 30 Day Arms Challenge.

There are many ways we could structure this 30 day arms challenge but any approach, especially regarding the relatively small muscles of the arms, should respect your ability to recover.

Blend this 30 day arms challenge into your overall routine while working out other muscles groups during the week.

Arm Challenge

Your focus will be the arms so for the following 30 days consider backing off the intensity with your other workouts in order to have the energy and recovery ability to make impressively toned and shaped arms.

The Goal of the 30 Day Arms Challenge

To successfully complete the challenge:

  • Set daily goals to push yourself as hard as you can without destroying your muscles.
  • The workouts should be challenging but you shouldn’t feel as if a truck hit you the next day.
  • Remember to eat and hydrate well.
  • Get sufficient rest and you’re well on your way.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the techniques and exercises you’ll be using in the next 30 days.

The 9 Best Arm Toning Exercises

1. Barbell Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl 

Whether you use the EZ bar or the regular barbell, no one can deny the virtue of curls with the bar. 

Barbell Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl

Wide Grip Biceps Curl

2. Dumbbell Hammer Curls 

To truly tone and make the arms sexier, you’ll need to put some extra effort into your forearms. For the most part, your forearms are worked by all the other bicep exercises on this list so this exercise will provide a nice finishing movement for your bicep workouts.

Dumbbell Hammer Curls

Dumbbell Hammer Curls

3. Dumbbell Incline Curl

The incline isolates the arms better by taking the shoulders out of the movement pattern. Your biceps also get a greater stretch at the bottom.

Dumbbell Incline Curl

Dumbbell Incline Curl

4. Dumbbell Standing One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench 

Standing One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench

One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench

VariationsDumbbell Alternate Incline Curl.

5. Barbell Close Grip Bench Press

This one is simple in theory but tough in practice. Simply leave only a 3-4 inch gap between your hands and lower the bar to your chest, which is a comfortable position for your elbows. 

Close Grip Bench Press

Close Grip Bench Press

VariationsSmith Machine Incline Bench Press.

6. Cable Pulldown Bicep Curl

Cable Standing Biceps Curl are considered a ‘go to’ exercise for fitness lovers as it effectively isolates the triceps and produces a nice burn in the back of your arms. The rope variation (as opposed to grips and bars) is one of the better variations because the rope allows you to lock your arms out more fully at the bottom of the movement.

Cable Standing Biceps Curl

Cable Standing Biceps Curl

7. Dumbbell Tricep Kickback 

Enjoy while you can because if done properly, this one won’t be easy.

Dumbbell Tricep Kickback

Dumbbell Tricep Kickback

Variations: Cable Tricep Kickback.

8. Dumbbell Standing One Arm Triceps Extension

Hold a dumbbell over your head. Keeping the upper arm locked beside your head, lower the dumbbell so that it arcs down behind your neck. You’ll get a great stretch at both the bottom and the top of this movement.

Dumbbell Standing One Arm Triceps Extension

Dumbbell Standing One Arm Triceps Extension

VariationsBarbell Lying Back of the Head Tricep Extension

9. Tricep Dips

Sit just off a bench with your hands acting as supports behind your hips, feet stretched out in front of you (preferably on another bench). Lower your butt toward the floor so your arms (still on the bench) are at about 90 degrees. Extend through the triceps and push yourself back up. That’s one excruciating rep.

Seated Tricep Dip

Tricep Dip

VariationsWeighted Tricep DipsSeated Tricep Dip.

The Arms Workout Method

How can you exercise hard yet stay fresh enough to last 30 days? With a little thought and a dash of innovation there is a way to do it effectively.

  1. Watch your volume in each workout and alternate tricep and bicep workouts. There will be rest days but you will do well to ensure the remainder of your routine doesn’t interfere with your arm workouts.
  2. Don’t go to muscular failure too much — maybe just one set per workout. Effort and intensity are what counts and going to failure is just one way of provoking a growth stimulus.

At the end of the day if you are burned out for the next day’s workout or still feeling sore a few days later, you’ve overdone it in terms of intensity/volume. Continue the challenge with a lighter approach and dial up intensity as you progress through the 30 days.

30-Day Arm Challenge

The 30-Day Challenge for Slim and Toned Arms

The focus of the 30 Day Arms Challenge will be to balance triceps and biceps work for an all-round arm workout, which means each workout won’t interfere too much with the next.

Day

Workout

1

Barbell Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl, 1×15-20 reps

Close Grip Bench Press, 1×15-20 reps

2

Rest

3

Tricep Dips, 1x max reps

DB Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×10-15 reps (per arm)

DB Tricep Kickback, 1×15 reps

4

BD Incline Curl, pyramid sets 12, 10 reps (F)

DB Hammer Curls, 1×12 reps

5

Tricep Dips, 1x max reps

DB Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×10-15 (per arm)

DB Tricep Kickback, 1×15 reps (F)

6

One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench, pyramid sets 12, 10 reps (F)

Cable Pulldown Bicep Curl, 1×12 reps

7

Rest

8

DB Close Grip Bench Press, 1x max reps

DB Tricep Kickback, 2 x 10-15 reps

DB Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×15 reps (F)

9

Hammer Curls, 2×6-10 reps

Dumbbell Incline Curl, pyramid sets 10, 6 reps (F)

10

Close Grip Bench Press, 1x max reps

DB Tricep Kickback, 2×10-15 reps

One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×15 reps (F)

11

Barbell Wide Grip Biceps Curl, 2×6-10 reps

Incline DB One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench, pyramid sets 10, 6 reps (F)

12

Close Grip Bench Press 1x max reps

DB Tricep Kickback 2×10-15 reps

One Arm Triceps Extension 1×8 reps (F)

13

DB Hammer Curls, pyramid sets 12, 10, 8, 6 reps (F)

14

Rest

15

Tricep Dips 3 x 8-15 reps

DB Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×15 reps

Tricep Kickbacks 1×8 reps (F)

16

 

Barbell Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl,Incline Curl 2×6-10 reps

DB Incline Curl, pyramid sets 10, 6 reps (F)

DB Hammer Curls, 1×15 reps

17

Tricep Dips, 3×8-15 reps

Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, 1×15 reps

Tricep Kickbacks, pyramid sets 10, 8 reps (F)

18

Barbell Standing Wide Grip Bicep Curl, pyramid sets 12, 10, 6 reps

BD Incline Curl, 1 x 20 reps (F)

19

Tricep Dips, 3 x 8-15 reps

DB Standing One Arm Triceps Extension, pyramid sets 12, 8 reps (F)

20

Rest

21

Rest

22

Standing One-Arm Curl Over Incline Bench, pyramid sets 30, 25, 20 reps

Dumbbell Incline Curl, 1×15 reps (F)

DB Hammer Curls, 1×10 reps

23

Close Grip Bench Press, pyramid sets 30, 25, 20 reps

Standing One Arm Triceps Extension 1×10-15 reps

Tricep Kickback, 1×15 reps (F)

24

Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl pyramid sets 30, 25, 20 reps

DB Incline Curl, 1×15 reps (F)

DB Hammer Curls, 1×10 reps

25

Close Grip Bench Press, pyramid sets 30, 25, 20 reps

DB Tricep Kickbacks, 1×10-15 reps

One Arm Triceps Extensios, 1×15 reps (F)

26

Rest

27

Cable Pulldown Bicep Curl, 2x max sets

Barbell Standing Wide Grip Biceps Cur, 1×50 reps

28

Tricep Dips, 2x max sets

Close grip bench presses, 1×50

29

Standing Wide Grip Biceps Curl, 10×10 reps

30

Close Grip Bench Press, 10×10 reps

Notes:

  • (F) = Take the set to muscular failure.
  • For the remainder of the sets, use a weight that allows you to squeeze out reps in the range specified with a few reps left in the tank (sets should be hard but don’t push your muscles all the way).
  • Unless otherwise stated, use a controlled lifting cadence: 2 seconds up, 4 seconds down.
  • Rest between sets: 45-60s depending on fatigue level.
  • Pyramid sets: Perform the reps specified for each set; increase the weight each set.

30 Day Arm Toning Challenge

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