Lupita Nyong'o has been wowing us all year long, and People agrees — it just named her the most beautiful person of the year. But it wasn't her breathtaking red carpet looks or darling selfies 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 racked up for her role in 12 Years a Slave. So we turned to Meka Gibson, personal training manager at David Barton Gym, 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.