It Takes a Lot of Strength to Carry an Oscar All Night! The Lupita Nyong'o Arm Workout

Mar 3 2014 - 10:06am

Lupita Nyong'o has been wowing us all award season long — especially during her heartfelt acceptance speech [1] for her Oscar win last night. But it wasn't her breathtaking red carpet looks [2] or darling selfies [3] that had us gasping the first time we saw her — it was her killer arms. They are strong, toned, and more than capable of carrying all the awards she's racked up this season — including the nine-pound Oscar she won last night! So we turned to Meka Gibson, personal training manager at David Barton Gym [4], to find out how we can chisel our own upper bodies into something even slightly close to resembling Lupita's. "The way to toned arms like Lupita's is making sure to work the major upper body muscles to create symmetry and definition," says Meka.

To achieve this balance, Meka gave us three exercises that can be done at home or in the gym and perfectly complement a cardio workout. For all of these exercises, Meka recommends choosing weights that will allow you to do 10 to 11 reps with good form. "It should be slightly challenging to get those last two to four reps," she says. If you find you can easily swing the weights or can't finish the movement from beginning to end, choose a more appropriate weight or stop and rest before starting the next set.

Source: Getty [5]

1a: Triceps Pressdown

1b: Triceps Pressdown

2a. Lateral Raises

2b. Lateral Raises

3a. Standing Bicep Curls

3b. Standing Bicep Curls

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