Sculpt Your Arms and Abs With Katie Austin’s 4 Move Routine

This short and effective set is one of the fitness influencer’s favorites.
Katie Austin flexes her arm muscle and smiles at the camera wearing a black dress and her dirty blonde hair in a beach wave.

Katie Austin.

For fitness influencer Katie Austin, most days are arm days. With her Division I athletics background, the certified fitness trainer has cultivated a passion for wellness that she seeks to share with others through her health platform and her various social media channels. Much of the content that she shares offers versatile and effective ways to work out, from full-body sets to arms and abs routines to lower body-specific workouts.

The content that she shares to her Instagram account, specifically, tends to feature short and sweet sets, meant for her followers to save and execute just about anywhere. Her most recent drop was a four-move arms and abs routine using just a mat and a light set of weights (she recommended between two and eight pounds).

The set, which she repeated three times, was as follows:

Chest press with hip bridge hold

With your upper back on the mat, lift your hips into a bridge hold. Using your weights, extend your arms up into a wide grip chest press and then lower back down. Repeat 12 times.

Toe taps

Holding your weights, extend your arms and hold them above you in a neutral grip press position. With both legs in tabletop, alternate lowering one leg at a time and touch the mat with your toes. Repeat 12 times (six on each side).

Tricep extensions

With your legs in tabletop and your hands holding the weights straight above you, bend your arms at the elbow and bring the weights back behind your head. Extend your arms straight again. Repeat 12 times.

Straight leg weighted reaches

Extend your legs straight up in the air. Holding your weights, crunch up and reach for your toes and then lower back down onto the mat. Repeat 12 times.

“I LOVEEE this quick 4 move arms + abs sequence to help tone your upper body💪 it’s efficient and effective,” Austin wrote in the caption of her short demonstration. “So make sure you SAVE THIS WORKOUT TO TRY!!!”

With the health coach’s stamp of approval, it’s sure to be a good set. Take her advice and try it next time you hit your mat for a workout.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.