The Two-For-One Move That Tones Abs And Arms At The Same Time

This is how summer bodies are made.

For sculpted arms and toned abs, fitness instructor and celebrity trainer Amy Dixon has the mother of all moves. "The wood chop is the number one exercise I have my clients do to tone their arms and abs," she says.

Step 1

Start by holding a heavy dumbbell with two hands. As Dixon demonstrates in the above video from #OWNSHOW, hold the dumbbell by the weighted ends, not by the bar. "If you do that, you'll be so focused on hanging onto the weight for dear life that you won't notice if you're making other mistakes with your form," she explains.

Step 2

Position your feet wider than your hips and slightly bend your knees.

Step 3

Bring the weight up above your shoulder, and then rotate your torso while bringing the weight down toward your opposite hip as you rotate and bend your knee.

"You have to get down low in order to generate power to swing the weight back up," Dixon explains. "The lower you squat, the more power you'll have in the move. But always remember to move in a pain-free range of motion. In other words, listen to your body."

Step 4

Swing the dumbbell back up toward your shoulder, straightening both legs as you swing upward.

For best results, Dixon recommends completing three sets of 12 reps on each side.

To make your workout more challenging, you use a heavier weight or change the timing. "Swing down from the shoulder towards your opposite hip quickly, then slowly bring the weight back up above your starting shoulder," Dixon instructs. "Or do the reverse, bringing the weight down slowly and quickly bring it back up."



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