The 50 Sexiest Arms in Hollywood—and Tips on How to Get Them

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The 50 Sexiest Arms in Hollywood—and Tips on How to Get Them
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Spoiler alert: Celebrities maintain their killer bodies with a little—nay, a lot—of help from folks like personal trainers, private chefs, aestheticians, and maybe even a plastic surgeon or two, which is why we’re not always in the habit of comparing ourselves to their impossible-to-achieve physiques. Still, with winter getaways hopefully on the horizon, we’ve got fitness on the brain—namely, how to get strong, lean, star-quality arms. Turns out, it’s not so impossible after all—but it will take a little effort.

“There are a couple of simple things to remember [if you want] sexy lean arms,” says Minna Ajo, a personal trainer at Crunch’s Union Square location in New York. “Don’t be afraid of heavy weights, and you need to do exercises where you’re pushing weight away from your body to work shoulders, chest, and triceps; and pulling weight toward your body to work back and biceps.”

In terms of heavy lifting, Ajo points out that most women have a misconception that weights will make them bulk up—which isn’t always the case. “Lifting heavier weight actually burns more calories and therefore burns more fat,” she said. “Look at the First Lady, Michelle Obama, she kicks ass—literally. She boxes, she lifts, and her arms are incredible.”

When working out with free weights, Ajo suggests choosing dumbbells by feel for the first round of whichever reps you choose, then pushing yourself to go five pounds  heavier for the second.

Don’t have access to dumbbells or a barbell? Not a problem! Ajo suggests engaging in calisthenics—which is really just a fancy name for exercises that use your own body weight. She suggests performing a circuit of the following for four rounds and 10 to 12 reps: push-ups, pull-ups, planks, and dips

If you’re more into yoga and Pilates like Miley Cyrus or Madonna, Ajo says to embrace it—but not to overlook the benefits of strength training if you’re serious about toning your arms.

“Both yoga and Pilates involve a lot of exercising where you’re pushing weight away from your body, but remember: To gain overall strength and round sexy shoulders, you also want to be doing exercises where you’re pulling,” she said.

Whether your goal is to build strong, ultra-toned arms like the aforementioned First Lady, Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, or Viola Davis, or you’d rather go for a longer, lither look like Miley, Karlie Kloss, Kerry Washington, or Ashley Madekwe, follow the above tips—then check out these 50 photos that’ll 100 percent serve up all the inspo you’ll need to get your guns into gear this season.

 

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Jessica Biel

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Jessica Alba

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Kate Beckinsale

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Karlie Kloss

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Jada Pinkett Smith

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Madonna

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Anna Wintour

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Beyoncé

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Jennifer Lopez

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Zoe Kravitz

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Miley Cyrus

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Felicity Huffman

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Marion Cotillard

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Kerry Washington

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Demi Moore

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Gigi Hadid

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Ashley Madekwe

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Scarlett Johansson

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Cameron Diaz

Angela Bassett

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Miranda Kerr

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Gisele Bundchen

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Viola Davis

Michelle Obama

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Blake Lively

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Kendall Jenner

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Charlize Theron

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Kelly Ripa

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Rihanna

Jourdan Dunn

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Naomi Campbell

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Ivanka Trump

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Jennifer Aniston

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Amanda Seyfried

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Lily Aldridge

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Robin Wright

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Vanessa Hudgens

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Victoria Beckham

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Anna Kendrick

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Eva Longoria

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Mary J. Blige

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Kate Hudson

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Hilary Swank

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Jessica Chastain

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Camilla Belle

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Jillian Michaels

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