Review: 10-Minute Workout For Tank Top Arms

10 Minute Tank Top Arms

Oh. My. God. Sweet Mother of all that is Holy. This one was super-de-duper tough, and I will be back. Oh, yes. I will. But with lighter weights next time.

Today’s video, 10 Minute Workout for Tank Top Arms,┬ácomes to you from POPSUGAR Fitness on YouTube. I have the sneaking suspicion that most of the viewers of this channel are about 15-20 years younger than I, have never given birth and weigh about 60 pounds less than I do. No, matter. I’m Irish. I’m a Black Belt. I have grit. And soon I will have Tank Top Arms. Whoop!

She recommends 3-8lb weights for this workout. If you are just starting out, go for the 3lb weights. Seriously. I’m not kidding. These exercises are not your average, run-of-the-mill bicep curls. I only have 8lb and 10lb weights, and I will be going today to grab some fivers because I had to modify half the workout. I hate modifying. I’m an over-achiever, remember? If you’re an intermediate, use the 5lbs weights. She does this one exercise where you have a weight in each hand. Raise them up to your shoulder level, extend your arms straight out to your sides like your body is making the letter T and hold it for one minute – stationary. ooouuucchhh! I was shaking so bad from the get-go that I had to modify it by bending at the elbows so that my arms made a box shoulder-level in front of me.

She also puts in some lovely tricep push-ups (always a favorite), some floor tricep exercises and other assorted shoulder & bicep moves from hell. And she does it all while telling me that when my brain tells me to stop, to shut it off and keep going because “I am far more capable than I think.” No, lady… my brain is telling me that my muscles are ripping away from the bone, and I’m going to die soon if I don’t drop this weight. I’m tough, though. I hung in there. A lighter set of weights will make this a much more doable workout.

There’s no annoying music, and outside of the way-to-peppy 20-somethings, and the fact that this workout was way harder than I anticipated, it was quite an awesome one that tones the biceps, triceps and shoulders. I give it a 3.5 dumbbells on a 5 dumbbell scale.

Got 10 minutes to cuss like a sailor (because you will be expressing yourself through this workout)? Go try it and let me know if you share my views!

Review: eFit30 Total Body Workout 4

eFit 30 Total Body Workout 4

Being the overachiever that I am, I skipped Workouts 1, 2 and 3 and went straight to Workout 4. Nah… Not really. I just didn’t see the others when I selected this one at 11pm last night. I’ll go back and do them, though. This one was great!

Wanna give it a go? Try it here: eFit30 Total Body Workout 4, Cardio, sculpt and tone

eFit30 is a fantastic source of free workouts on YouTube. I highly suggest you subscribe to their channel. The 2 workout leaders are British. or Australian. I can’t tell… forgive me… and the accent made me pay attention with greater detail so that I didn’t miss anything. This particular workout took me through a 5 minute warm-up that was intense enough to make me think they decided to skip the warm-up. We then launched into the cardio portion complete with traveling push-ups, knee-ups with a lunge, star jumpers (what they call jumping jacks – but with a squat) and mountain climbers to the elbows. There’s 3 rounds of these pleasurable past-times, and the reps increase with each rotation of exercises. I was very glad when it was over.

From there, we moved into a very tough ab workout. Side planks are really hard for me. Like really hard. I had to drop down to the modified version, but I will do this video again and again until I can do the reps as they do them. Dang it. This took us through about 21 minutes. The last 6 minutes or so were filled with post-workout stretches.

Let’s talk about stretching for a moment. I know that when the workout is finished the temptation is to turn off the iPad, or leave your workout class, or hop off the treadmill and leave the gym. Don’t. Seriously. Your muscles are nice and ooey, gooey warm. It’s the perfect time to stretch, and that will, in turn, increase your flexibility and helps to work out the lactic acid that builds during exercise. You don’t really wanna be sore, do you? Then stretch.

I liked this video and look forward to more from eFit30. I hereby honor this video with a 4 dumbbell rating on a scale of 5. Try it out. And stay for the stretches.

Review: Butt Workout Cardio 1: Bootcamp

Butt Workout Cardio 1

Today’s workout is brought to you by the letter “B”… as in Butt and BeFit. This one is short and sweet, and quite frankly, I needed short and sweet today. After yesterday’s Jillian Michaels workout, an arm workout, swimming with my kids at Deep Eddy and TKD class, I woke up feeling quite unmotivated to even get out of bed today.

Want to try it out? Head to Butt Workout Cardio 1: Bootcamp – 30 Day Butt Lift

Topping off at 11 minutes, Alicia Marie gets right into it with old school side steps. She progresses into knee ups, butt kicks, “kung fu” kicks, squat jumps and other jumpy, leg-intensive maneuvers. Color me impressed. By the end of the 10 minutes I had a good sweat going and felt like I had actually done something, where, if it weren’t for this blog, I probably would’ve done nothing. The instructor was positive without being over the top, does the exercises from the front and from the side and demonstrates each exercise before the 30 second interval begins. I hereby give this a dumbbell rating of 4.5 on a 5 dumbbell scale.

You’ll probably see a lot more reviews of videos from the BeFit series. I subscribed to the BeFit channel on YouTube, and they claim there’s a new workout everyday. I like the variety that I’m seeing! Give this 10 minute workout a whirl, and let me know what you think. Pretty please?