Tone up and build confidence with these four simple yet powerful arm exercises.

As the weather begins to hint at sunshine and warmer temps, the realization that you will soon need to shed layers of clothing begins to set in. But are you ready to reveal your arms to the world?

“It isn’t uncommon for winter weight gain to leave some women feeling discouraged or lacking confidence, especially when it comes to their upper body, as they transition from jackets to tank tops,” says Felicia Romero, a trainer and former fitness cover model who recently appeared on season 2 of Fit to Fat to Fit on Lifetime. “I tell my clients to set realistic goals and be consistent with nutrition and exercise plans to ensure they feel confident, sexy and like a knockout in whatever they want to wear this season.”

Romero is a firm believer that one of the best ways to tone and sculpt the upper body, back and arms is to mix heavy weights with lighter ones. She suggests the following moves to create the toned, sculpted arms you’re excited to show off: 

If you’re panicking with Memorial Day just around the corner, be sure to combine these weightlifting moves with a healthy eating plan to see toning results at a faster rate. “You can speed up your progress by incorporating more weight (every four to six weeks) or adding in a cardio element,” Romero says. “When working the upper body, I like to work in HIIT exercises to increase fat loss while toning. To level up, try adding burpees, jumping jacks, squat jumps or frog jumps to your upper-body workout — 20- to 30-second intervals with 10 to 15 seconds of rest.”

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Up your upper-body game with this killer arm and core routine.

Gone are the days of thinking parallel bars are just for gymnasts. If you’ve never gotten your hands on a pair of bars, it’s time to check them out. These bars are an all-in-one tool for your training needs. Whether your goal is to build strength, carve out your core or increase your agility, you will not be disappointed as your entire body experiences the benefits. We wish we could show you all the awesome exercises that can be practiced with these bars, but for now, let’s get started with an empowering upper-body workout.

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