Belly Dance Fitness for You

Tricep Shimmies?

Upper arms… the bane of every belly dancer’s existence. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the most common complaint we hear classes is “I hate my upper arms!” And we all know that sleeves can only do so much.


Lucky for us, the simplest solution to this problem lies in what we were taught during second grade gym class. The everyday pushup can do wonders for getting flabby upper arms under control, and the best thing is that you can do it right in your very own home. However, it’s important to maintain good posture during this exercise.

1) Put your hands on the ground directly below your shoulders.

2) Place your toes on the ground and hold your body up. Focus on sucking in your navel so that your body remains straight as a board. It should be a smooth incline from your head to your toes. Don’t push your butt up into the air!

3) Slowly lower your body to the ground until just the tip of your nose touches. Then slowly rise up.


You should “feel the burn” in your biceps and triceps (and also in your abs if you’ve forgotten to do your crunches). It may be difficult for you to do pushups the correct way if you’re not used to doing it, so if you have trouble, just start out with five or so at a time. Do three sets of five per day, stopping to rest in between. Eventually you’ll have the stamina to complete the entire set without stopping – and even add more to your sets!


At the gym there are also plenty of materials available for toning your upper arms. These include free weights (barbell curls), the bench press, and bench dips. Be sure to combine them with 20 to 30 minutes of cardio to blast fat quickly.

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