Sweating for the Wedding--Arms & Abs

Happy Friday lovelies! So glad the week is finally over. It was a long and dreary week here in DC--it rained pretty much every day but I think this weekend is supposed to be beautiful! This weekend we're just going to be doing more house hunting and then spending the day with family on Mother's Day. Just a super laidback weekend!

I'm back with another post from my "Sweating for the Wedding" series and today I'm talking about my favorite "Upper Body" exercises. In my mind, abs count as upper body too although I'm not sure if that's how it's typically classified! My goal with my upper body is really to sculpt my arms with more muscle definition. Think Jennifer Anniston in the early days of Friends! Whenever I watch Friends re-runs I'm always dying over her arms and how fit she was/still is. My core is actually already pretty toned and strong so I'm really just trying to maintain and add a little bit more definition. Here are my favorite exercises:

Arms: 3 sets of 15 bicep curls (per arm), 3 sets of 15 overhead tricep extensions, 3 sets of 15 one arm dumbbell rows and 3 sets of 15 dumbbell kickbacks (I usually alternate between rows and kickballs),  3 sets of 15 hammer curls (per arm), 3 sets of shoulder press', [all of the previous exercises are usually done with 10 or 15 Ib dumbbells), 4 sets of 15 lat pull downs (usually 40 Ibs), 4 sets of 15 seated cable rows (usually also 40 Ibs)

Abs: 50 good old fashioned Crunches, 3 sets, 60 seconds of Russian Twists (with 5 Ib weight), 3 sets, 60 seconds of Flutter Kicks, 3 sets, 60 seconds of Side Planks (per side), 3 sets, 60 seconds of normal Plank, 3 sets of 35 Bicycle Crunches, 3 sets, 60 seconds of Mountain Climbers

Hope y'all enjoyed this post and have a wonderful Mother's day weekend!


  1. Jennifer Aniston has the most amazing arms haha! These are great arm exercise, especially for wedding dress wearing! Hasn't this rain been insane?! I'm SO sick of it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  2. Great exercise routine! Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. I feel like good repetition is always what works for me to sculpt my arms...I love doing low weight - high reps!! Your ab routine is awesome! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Kelly, only you could looks so gorgeous while working out! You have a great workout routine going! I'm really looking forward to the continuation of this serious because I'm always looking for new workout ideas because sometimes you can easily fall into a rut of doing the same ones. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend, beautiful!



  5. Ugh, I am terrible about working out. So impressed by you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Yes, get it girl! Only you could look cute while working out! Cheering you on and hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  7. Look at you go, get it gurlie! Sorry the weather has been so craptastic in DC. Sending some much needed warmth and sunshine your way. Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. You are going to be so toned and fit for your wedding beautiful girl! I love these workouts I think I might give some to try. Finally the weathers nice here today it's 73° and I'm actually sitting on my patio returning emails. I think this warmth and sunshine is headed your way sweet friend!

  9. SLAYY! you're amazing, thanks for sharing this is so fun to read, you'll definitely make it:) If you'd like, join my give away:)


  10. great work out i might have to give it a try!

  11. Great post, I'm loving these Friday fitness posts. Have a great weekend. Gemma x

  12. Get it girl!! And OMG Jennifer Aniston is totally my arm role model too! Whenever I go home and my brother trains me, I always reference her!

  13. Love this routine. My favorite ab workout is a good pilates circuit, and a long plank!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  14. Those sound like they will definitely tone your arms!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  15. Go girl! I need to get on top of my ab game for summer!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  16. Looking awesome! I've been trying to be more consistent with working out!