No gym, no equipment? No worries. There are a lot of exercises that you can do at home. So if you want to tone those flabby arms to be able to wear all those sleeveless and off-shoulder outfits, then start off with these set of easy exercises that you can do with water buckets. Celebrity fitness expert Deanne Panday shows us some effective arm workouts that you can do at home. "This bucket workout works the biceps, shoulders, triceps and forearms. Fill the bucket with water depending on your strength and fitness levels.The more water you fill in the tougher the exercise. Do a round of all 5 exercises and repeat the circuit thrice," says Deanne.
Bucket bicep curls
Curls work the biceps muscles at the front of the upper arm, and also the muscles of the lower arm—the brachialis, and brachioradialis. You use these muscles anytime you pick something up, which is common throughout daily life, standing challenges your core more. And whether you want to do a single arm curl or curl both arms at once depends on your goal.
How to do: Stand straight and lift two buckets in both hands. If you’re working for strength or size, alternate arms since you'll be able to lift more water weight. For muscle endurance, or to earn a little core and shoulder stability, curl both arms simultaneously.
Bucket overhead tricep extensions
Because you are standing during the overhead bucket triceps extension, your core muscles engage to support your back and spine. As a result, this exercise teaches proper posture: a straight back, engaged core, and lifted shoulders. Even seated, to establish a full range of motion you need to maintain proper posture.
How to do: Assume a standing position with your feet roughly shoulder width apart. Using the bucket , slowly lift it above your head. If it is too heavy, feel free to lessen the water before lifting it upwards. To hold it correctly, make a diamond shape with your hands and grasp the bucket with your palms facing upward. The handle should rest in the palms of your hands.
With your elbows tucked in and your arms close to your head, slowly lower the weight until your elbows and forearms make a 90-degree angle. Keep your upper arms still and allow your forearms to move freely. BREATHE IN ON THE WAY DOWN!
Next, use your triceps to drive the bucket upwards in a controlled fashion to the starting position. BREATHE OUT ON THE WAY UP!
Bucket lateral raises
How to do: Stand with a bucket in each hand at your sides. Keep your back straight, and then slowly lift the buckets filled with water out to the side until your arms are parallel with the floor, with the elbow slightly bent.
Do 20 reps and 3 sets
Bucket Front raises
How to do: Get into position by picking up the baskets in both hands. Stand with your arms completely straight. Slowly raise your hands till they are fully extended out in front of you in a 90° angle. Slowly bring the bucket back down. Reps: 20
Bucket forearm curls
Adding forearm exercises to your upper body routine is a great way to introduce variety while working out a part of the body that is often neglected. Performing wrist curls not only trains the forearms, but it also improves grip strength and encourages stronger wrists.
Wrist curls are also performed while seated, so you will need a place to sit, such as a bench or chair. You can use your thigh as a rest.
How to do: Assume a seated position. A bench will work best, but you can also use a chair with armrests.Or use the thigh like I did.
Place your bucket at your feet.
Grab the bucket handle and hold them with your palms facing up. Be sure to grasp them tightly but comfortably.
Sit with proper posture to avoid slouching. Your legs should be about shoulder-width apart and your feet should be flat on the ground. Rest the back of your arms on your knees or the armrests of your chair,or arm on your thigh for support.
Adjust your arms so your wrists are hanging over the edge of your legs or armrests
Slowly bend your wrist up and down to engage the forearms. Each movement should be slow and controlled to prevent the hand-held weights from straining your wrists.
Exhale as you curl your wrists upward and inhale as you curl your wrists downward. Your forearms should be stationary during this exercise. Only your wrists should be moving.
Repeat the exercise. Take a short break in-between sets and resume the exercise when ready or switch arms.