The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Toning Your Arms (Fitness Week!) : The Renegade Health Show Episode #832

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This week, all week, we’re focusing on fitness…

In this first installment of Fitness Week, I’m going to show you how to tone up your arms using these bodyweight exercises that don’t require any equipment.

This makes the barrier of entry… zero!

Go ahead and take a look…

Your question of the day: How long (if at all) can you hold a handstand for?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. eyla says:

    I have,
    We used to handstands at school break up against the side of the school building, we’d stay up there for ages, probably minutes, lots of fun!

  2. Marlene says:

    Oh sure, I used to easily do handstands and other gymnastics like cartwheels etc.

    But that was decades ago. Last time I tried either of those(maybe 10 years ago), I almost hurt myself!

    But I do not buy into the attitude that those are things we can’t do anymore as we get older. Soooo, I’m workin’ on it! 🙂

  3. jackie says:

    I used to be able to do handstands ages ago; not sure if I could do it now or if I’d fall on my head!! LOL

  4. Sue says:

    I’ve never been able to do headstands, cartwheels or handstands! I’m more fit now than I’ve been since I was a teen, but I’m not up to trying them yet! I will try your other exercises, though!

  5. crow says:

    We have a picture of my great grandpa doing a headstand at the beach in Seattle and he was 80 years old at the time and he lived to be 101.

  6. Anne says:

    Well I can do handstands and hold for however long I feel comfortable with the blood rushing to my head. However, I’ve always wanted to do a press to handstand ever since I was 20 years old and I forgot about that for a great number of years (probably another 20) but still have that in the back of my head as a goal and go through periods of building up to it. Pilates balls are good for the approach.

    Press to handstand(for those who don’t know) is a handstand done with legs apart and bringing the legs together to a handstand position. Gymnasts routinely do these on the floor rotation.

    All the best

  7. Robin Janis says:

    Nice handstand Kev; if you extend through the front edge of your heels and spread your toes you will be able to pull into your core and your heart area (the balance point) and then extend from your upper back heart outward in all directions, you will be able to soar in handstand.
    You can also try push ups in handstand: bend your elbows while staying strong and present in your arms and then straighten them again. 15 reps will do anyone good!

  8. Erina says:

    hi – yes i can do a handstand it is so fun – although i certainley cant do them like when i was a kiddo – i love the feeling until i come down it makes me dizzy -my kids can do em and have no dizzy effects 🙂

  9. Mary Kay says:

    Thanks for showing us these! I like the fact that they also incorporate your core.

    Yes, I can do a handstand –leaning against something like a wall, but not just free.

    Can probably hold for a couple minutes.

    I’m not in great shape though, and am a busy mother who’s trying to get back in shape.

  10. Tara Burner says:

    sadly, even with all my years in yoga I cannot do a handstand!
    but hey in my defense I can hold plank position for over 2 minutes..does that count for something 😉

  11. Velda says:

    I’ve never been able to do a headstand or handstand. I even bought an inversion table thinking I could be upside with that. But cannot use an inversion table either. Could never get used to it. I get sick to my stomach and it lasts over 1/2 the day. The other exercises look like something I could do, however. Thanks, Kevin.

  12. I’m almost 62. I don’t think so. LOL

  13. I can hold a handstand for a few minutes – which, I have to say, I’m really proud of. People are always surprised because I’m a bigger person (5’4″, 185 lbs.). Don’t know why it comes so easily.

    Kevin, have you ever heard of shovelgloving ( BRILLIANT workout for arms, yes, but for the entire body, really. Jim and I have been doing these for years and totally love it.

    Love these fitness weeks! Yeah!

    Lisa Marie
    Owner, Rite Chocolate

  14. jason says:

    I’m very excited about fitness week! I don’t pay enough attention to getting the appropriate exercise and building muscle mass. Thanks, you two!

  15. snowmoonelk says:

    Great exercises, thanks! Shovelgloving??? What a waste of time, hey, instead of pretending to chop wood, or whatever, how about actually doing it?

  16. Andrew says:

    I used to do three 3-minute hand stands, at times…. Could probably only do about 2-minutes nowadays. You’ve inspired me to back into it, though, Kev…

  17. L Draw says:

    Longest handstand i’ve recorded doing was 15 mins long!!!

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