5-minute Arm/Full Body Workout with Erica Ziel


You’ve heard me sing the praises of my trainer, Erica Ziel, many times. Love the gal – I’ve never experienced an “easy” workout with her in two years, and she always keeps me on my toes. The best part about training with her is that you can’t pull the “busy mom” card because she is a mom to 3 kiddos herself, and always makes time to eat well and take care of her body. (p.s. – she had a baby less than a year ago. Just look at her and tell me that’s not some serious motivation!)

I am not a gal who was blessed with long, willowy arms and legs. And finally, after 37 years of wishing my limbs would magically become a mile long, I’m over it. I want to focus on working with what I have, and keep my body looking toned and healthy. I asked Erica to put together a short workout focusing on the arms, and in true Erica form, she upped the ante and covered all the bases. Not only will you feel this workout in your arms and shoulders, you’ll feel it in your quads, abs, and glutes. Hurts so good, peeps.


(By the way, your comments totally pumped me up for the October fitness challenge. I’m trying to find a website where we can all follow each other’s progress in a group setting. Stay tuned!)



  1. I have no upper body strength, but thanks to barfy workouts with my trainer, my chicken wings are starting to grow some itty bitty baby muscles! If we could do it all in 5 minutes, though, that would be MONEY!
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  2. I’m going to do this tomorrow! Thanks, you.
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  3. Thanks, Sarah! I may have to abandon my “wishing for willowy” campaign in favor of this routine as well. Like you, I C to 5K-ed about 6 months ago and need to mix it up a bit moving forward. My plan is to alternate 5k runs with an at home jump rope interval work out (1 minute of jumping, 30 seconds of crunches for 20 minutes). I’m using the “Ultratimer” app to time the intervals. Newsflash: Jumping rope is HARD! This arm program is just thing to tack on to the end. Love it!
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  4. Elizabeth A says:

    Oh, Sarah! This is my “upper body” day, so I thought: pfft! I can totally do that, no prob! So I just did. Twice. And, oh my: I’m quite sure I’ll feel that in the morning. Heck, I feel it right now. I struggle a bit with the down dog to plank to push up to upward facing dog, but that is just something I’ll have to work toward.
    Thanks so much for sharing. Greatly appreciated.

    • RIGHT?? It’s much harder than it looks…and I know exactly how you’re feeling because we had to film it twice in a row to make sure we got all the shots! So glad you liked it!

  5. THANKS Sarah! What size weights are you using?

  6. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Done! Have to admit, the 5something am runs are getting more routine! This is the first time I’ve heard of “articulating” and it felt good. I’m gonna have to check out some Pilates studios in my area. Thanks for sharing! And thank Erica for creating! (I can’t stay on my toes like she does. Oof.)

  8. A five minute workout! It should be so intense. Looks like something I should be doing each morning. Thanks for sharing.
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