How to Sculpt Your Arms Fast: Just Say “Chaturanga”
I recently read about an Australian study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, that asked men to watch 96 videos of women aged 20 to 49 years and rate the women’s looks. (Um, research study or Friday night at the frat house?). The results found that women with long, shapely arms ranked most attractive; in fact, toned arms scored higher than a woman’s breasts, leg length or butt. Shedding even more light on the enlightened study, Professor Robert Brooks (I know, I’m shocked the lead researcher is male) said, “Attractive bodies have a suite of traits in the right combination.” Well, I’ll be darned.
While I question the point of such research, I agree that toned arms—on a man or a woman—are hot. And the good news is that arms respond relatively quickly to muscle conditioning. In my opinion, the fastest way to build buff arms and sculpted shoulders (not to mention great abs) is by doing the “chaturanga” yoga move or tricep push-ups. I used to incorporate these push-ups into all my Pilates classes—they’re effective and efficient. Now that I’ve been doing more yoga, I’ve noticed even more of a difference in my arms. (I used to think Madonna was secretly bench-pressing her yogi whenever she credited her sinewy arms to yoga, but perhaps I was wrong.)
However, since push-ups are often done incorrectly, which not only leads to sub-par results but to shoulder and wrist injuries, I enlisted Calgary yoga instructor Genevieve Levesque to demonstrate the move and provide step-by-step instructions. Knock out 6-8 of these three times a week, and in as little as a month you’ll be sporting guns like Gen’s and Pippa’s or Ryan “rock solid” Gosling’s.