I am so excited to post the results to my May 2015 Free Printable Arm Challenge. I hope you were able to find time to reach your fitness goals in May. I was so pleased with my results from the April Printable Arm Challenge, that I could hardly wait to see if there would be a difference after the May Challenge.
I wasn’t sure that I would be able to notice the results at the end of a second month of working out my arms exclusively. I knew for certain that the exercises would reap some benefits even if they weren’t tremendously noticeable so I went on with the challenge with no great hopes in mind.
This month I actually timed myself since I had added more reps of each move and added weights which were definitely making the exercises take longer than the April Challenge. I was surprised that it was still less than 5 minutes!
If you are thinking about doing this, don’t let time be a factor. You don’t have to do it at the same time each day, you can find 5 minutes any time and do this. This challenge is so simple and so quick.
I can’t help but wonder what else I could change in 5 minutes a day. Imagine the possibilities in 15 minutes a day. I could really start dreaming about abs and better skin, but for now I am focused on this arm challenge.
After two months of arm challenges I am so pleased with how much improvement I have made.
My real goal for the arm challenge was to find a way to improve how I feel about myself in the mandatory short sleeves of summer. I wanted something that was going to be quick and was not going to be so difficult that I would quit early on (I have a tendency to do that).
I did some research on which exercises worked best for the different muscles in the arm and made a challenge I thought I could keep up with. I am so glad that I didn’t wait and started right away. My triceps are so much higher and tighter, I see a little roundness in my biceps and an indent has appeared over my triceps and under my biceps.
My children are excited too and they help me count, and they grab the little 1 and 2 pound weights and pretend to do the exercises along side of me some days. My 6 year old tells me “You are strong now”.
This is definitely working. I feel like it is necessary to mention that in the before pictures I am flexing as much as I can.
So far the challenge has been quick and easy and effective. I like to run or walk or do aerobics at home, but strength exercises at home is brand new for me.
Adding the 8 pound weights this month has caused me to have some soreness for the first time. I sailed through the first two months with no soreness at all, but I actually like that little ache and reminder that I worked out.
Here is a picture of the 3 part results, so you can see how the results progressed over time. I have no idea why the lighting is so much different at the end of April. Maybe I had my flash up too high, but you can still see the change very well.
I hope that if you are feeling a little less than confident about how your arms look this summer or if you are just looking to feel a little better about yourself please check out my Arm Challenges from April and May (they are printable and free).
Have a great and fit and fabulous month of June.