Learn the Secrets to Kelly Ripa's Amazing Arms
Kelly Ripa has a right to bare arms!
"Kelly is lean and sexy all over, and her arms are proof that she works hard and works right," Gold's Gym star trainer Mike Ryan tells UsMagazine.com of the daytime talk show host, 39, who was named "Best Arms" in UsMagazine.com and Gold's Gym's first-ever Hollywood's Hottest Bodies Awards.
Ryan's prescription for arms as top-rated a Ripa's? Consistent toning with weights, which he says "will work many muscles at once and will bring constant results." To get her sculpted arms, he describes a few key moves:
1. Straight curl. To tone biceps, stand up holding two dumbbells, palms up. Beginners should only hold 5-lb. weights, or 10 pounds total, and add more weight as you go. The current weight should always be challenging but not impossible to complete. Curl the barbell toward your chest and back down for one rep. Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps, resting for 30 to 60 seconds between each set.
2. The 21s. Stand straight. Hold 5-lb. dumbbells in each hand in starting position, which is with arms down. Start with a basic curl from starting position, lifting the dumbbells halfway up, so arms are parallel with the floor. Do 7 reps of this. Then do 7 reps from the half-way position to the top of the straight bicep curl movement. Then, do 7 full reps following the entire range of motion from the starting position to the end of the bicep curl. This is a total of 21 reps. Do two sets.
3. Triceps kickback. Hold a 3-lb. dumbbell in one hand and place opposite knee on a bench with other foot flexed on the floor. Pull the arm holding the dumbbell straight back and up to your side. Lower to starting position. Repeat 15 reps for one set. Do 3 sets.
For toned arms, this sequence of moves should be done three times per week in addition to a cardio regimen of running, walking or cycling.
Ripa, who has said she is "big on grazing" and tries to eat smaller amounts of food more often, likely benefits from such snacks as a handful of almonds, fresh veggies and pears, Ryan tells Us. "Bottom line, you always need to eat meals with clean, healthy ingredients."