We get it: it’s tempting to skip arm workouts in favor of sexier-sounding routines, like yoga moves for a tighter booty, a low-impact booty blast workout, moves to build a 360 degree booty … pretty much any butt workout, really. But sculpting strong arms can be just as fun—and sexy!—as toning your derriere. Case in point: the below workout from Shannon Nadj, founder of LA-based studio Hot Pilates, that will help you sculpt gracefully strong dancer arms.
“These are my favorite moves to create long lines down the arms…and open up the chest for a dancer’s posture,” Shannon says. The best part? The routine is short—as in, under five minutes—making it a solid “snackable” workout option to fit into a busy day. She doesn’t use equipment in the video, but notes that you can definitely add some weights if you want to make it more challenging. Press play on the video below to get Shannon’s dancer arms workout.
Small arm circles: 10 reps each way
Chest expansion: 5 reps
Arm reach, front and back: 10 reps
Arm pull back, back pulse: 10 pulses
Tricep extension: 10 reps
Rowing front: 10 reps
Reverse plank + tricep dip: 5 reps
Mermaid stretch: 1 each way
Kneeling mermaid stretch: 2 each way