How To Tone Without Bulking Up Your Arms

Many exercisers, especially women, are hesitant to do too many arm exercises for fear of gaining bulky muscle mass. If you want to have toned, trim arms without the bodybuilder look, high-repetition, low-weight resistance exercises are the key. There are several exercises that tone but don't bulk up each part of your arm if you use low-weight rather than heavier dumbbells.

High-repetition, low-weight resistance exercises build muscle tone without bulking you up. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Pump the Iron With Biceps Curls

Step 1

Pump the Iron With Biceps Curls (Image: Roi Brooks/iStock/Getty Images)

Select your weights. Choose weights that are heavy enough to be challenging, but light enough that you can do 15 to 20 curls on each side and still feel able to do at least five more.

Step 2

Lightly grip the dumbbells in each hand (Image: Jani Bryson/iStock/Getty Images)

Lightly grip the dumbbells in each hand. Let your arms hang by your sides, elbows straight and palms facing in.

Step 3

Raise your right arm slowly (Image: Ibrakovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Raise your right arm slowly, rotating your forearm as you lift. Your forearm begins the exercise facing your hip, but as you lift, it should begin to turn clockwise until it meets your biceps. Your palm should be facing your shoulder.

Step 4

Repeat on the left side (Image: boggy22/iStock/Getty Images)

Lower your right arm to its original position. Repeat on the left side.

Step 5

Continue to alternate between right and left sides (Image: Benis Arapovic/Hemera/Getty Images)

Continue to alternate between right and left sides. Aim for 15 to 20 repetitions on each side.

Step 6

Rest for about one minute and repeat the exercise (Image: Antonio_Diaz/iStock/Getty Images)

Rest for about one minute and repeat the exercise. Aim for three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions on each side twice a week to tone your biceps.

Kick It Up With Triceps Kickbacks

Step 1

Kick It Up With Triceps Kickbacks (Image: Arne Trautmann/iStock/Getty Images)

Select weights that are heavy enough to challenge you but light enough that you can execute at least 10 to 15 repetitions with the capacity to do at least five more.

Step 2

Begin standing straight, holding one dumbbell in your right hand (Image: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Begin standing straight, holding one dumbbell in your right hand. Bring your left leg forward about two feet, distributing your weight evenly between the heels of both feet.

Step 3

Bend forward slightly, keeping your back straight (Image: Roi Brooks/iStock/Getty Images)

Bend forward slightly, keeping your back straight. Place your left hand on your left thigh to support your back and pull your shoulder blades together, drawing them down your back.

Step 4

Bend your right elbow 90 degrees, tucking it close to your ribs (Image: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Bend your right elbow 90 degrees, tucking it close to your ribs. Your forearm should hang relaxed from your bent elbow.

Step 5

Slowly begin to straighten your elbow as you exhale (Image: nPine/nPine/Getty Images)

Slowly begin to straighten your elbow as you exhale. Keep your upper arm and torso still.

Step 6

Begin to bend your elbow as you inhale, bringing your arm back to the starting position (Image: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Begin to bend your elbow as you inhale, bringing your arm back to the starting position.

Step 7

Repeat 10 to 15 times on your left and right sides. (Image: Vico Images/Alin Dragulin/FogStock/Getty Images)

Repeat 10 to 15 times on your left and right sides.

Step 8

Relax for at least a minute and repeat (Image: Chris Clinton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Relax for at least a minute and repeat. Do at least three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions two times a week to tone your triceps.

Target Toned Shoulders With Lateral Raises

Step 1

Target Toned Shoulders With Lateral Raises (Image: Ibrakovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Select your weights. Choose weights that challenge you but enable you to do at least 20 repetitions with the ability to execute a few more if you wanted.

Step 2

Keep your knees slightly bent to protect them from injury. (Image: Ibrakovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Grip one dumbbell in each hand. Bending over slightly from your hips, draw your weights in front of your thighs, keeping your elbows slightly bent. Keep your knees slightly bent to protect them from injury.

Step 3

Raise your upper arms slowly to the side (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Raise your upper arms slowly to the side. When your arms are at shoulder height, stop for one second. Your body should look like a "T."

Step 4

Repeat 10 to 15 times. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Lightwavemedia/Getty Images)

Lower your arms slowly. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Step 5

Aim for doing shoulder raises at least twice a week to tone your shoulders without bulking up. (Image: moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images)

Complete at least three sets with one minute of rest in between each. Aim for doing shoulder raises at least twice a week to tone your shoulders without bulking up.

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