Exercises for toning your upper arms and back from fitness expert Conor Kelly.

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Carving time in your schedule to work out is always a challenge. Luckily, Conor Kelly, a personal trainer and owner of Yorkville’s EVOLUTION Fitness—a private personal training studio—has some tips for exercises that you can squeeze in at home so you can look and feel your best.

Classic Push-up

For toning upper arms and back, the classic push-up will do the trick. For modifications, try lowering your knees to the floor or pushing against a countertop.

The Shoulder Swim

“Lie facedown on the floor with arms extended overhead. Arch your lower back and lift your arms and chest off the floor. Bring your arms around in a wide arc and touch the hips with your hands. Keep your arms off the floor and repeat 20 to 30 times,” says Kelly.

Hard work pays off!

Kelly notes, “You can notice changes as early as the first month, but more significant results take time. I start all my clients on a 16-week transformation program, as I find that's generally a good amount of time to make fantastic progress.”

If you want to get a head start, try signing up with a personal trainer who can help you with your workout at the studio and give you extra exercise tips to use at home. Working out with a personal trainer can help with safety basics, which is especially important for beginners.

Mention this article in Elevate Magazine and receive one free breakthrough training session when you call EVOLUTION Fitness (transformforever.com) at 416-220-7883.