I, for one, would never consider myself strong, but I had the desire to tone my arms a few months ago. I didn’t even know where to begin because I had no clue how to use any of the equipment at the gym and I refused to ask for help because I was embarrassed.

One of my friends is a gym addict so I asked her what her secret to her toned arms was and she told me light weightlifting. I was shocked at how someone was able to achieve nice arms with small weightlifting.

She gave me insight to her arm routine at the gym and it is a routine that can be done at home with a few weights. I’d advise getting 2 7.5 pound weights, 2 10 pound weights, and 2 12.5, 15, or 17.5 pound weights to begin. You can even begin with 5 pound weights if that is more comfortable for you.

Here are some ideas for small arm exercises with the recommended weight:

*Recommendations are for the beginner/intermediate level

An important component of fitness and the FITT Principle is intensity. In weightlifting, intensity refers to the number of reps made and amount of weight you lift. Reps are the number of repetitions of an exercise within each set. The typical number of reps is between 8 and 12 and the number of sets is normally 3 or 4 and there is a small rest period between each set. You don’t want to perform too many reps as it could wear out your muscles.

Performing small arm exercises with dumbbells a few times a week can work to tone your arms in a short amount of time. The weight of the dumbbells can be changed over time as one becomes stronger. Dumbbells can be found at your local gym or you can buy your own online at Amazon or SPRI.

For more exercises, search “Small arm weight workout” on google and you will surely find more 🙂


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