How to Lose Flabby Arms Fast
Belly fat and flabby arms are the biggest problem areas for women. You need to put a little effort and you’ll get the shaped arms you want. Try our tips for getting rid of your flabby arms. Remember that that area is really hard to tone, so don’t lose hope. With the right routine and you’ll achieve amazing results.
Are you self-conscious about your flabby arms? If this concern is interfering with your clothing and activity choices, perhaps it’s time to make a positive change and work on getting those arms firm and fabulous! Although there is no quick-fix method that specifically targets arm fat, it is possible to significantly improve the appearance of flabby arms by combining specific arm toning and muscle building exercises, with plenty of aerobic exercise and a healthy diet.
Don’t Skip Cardio
Do cardio 3-6 days a week. You must do exercises that burn overall body fat. Start by 30 minutes a day and then increase the intensity of your workouts. Any type of cardio is better than none at all. Jumping rope, swimming and running are the biggest calorie burners.
Reduce Calorie Intake
You must reduce your calorie intake but don’t starve yourself. The best way is to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, this way you’ll keep the weight off. Start consuming more healthy foods, such as fiber-rich whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products. If you reduce your overall body fat and you increase muscle mass, your flabby arms will turn into toned muscles.
Combine your cardio with some weight lifting. Weight lifting will help you get rid of your flabby arms and get more toned ones. Here are a few simple exercises you can do at home:
Lie on your back. Raise your arms above your chest. Your elbows should be slightly bent. Bend your elbows at 90 degree until the weights reach the floor. Lift your arms back to starting position. Do 15 repetitions.
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and your upper body forward (bent from the hips up). Keep your spine neutral and your hands straight under your shoulders. Bend your elbows back. Repeat this exercise 15 times.
One Arm Push Up
Lie on your right side with your knees slightly bent. Put your right arm on your left shoulder. Then press your left palm into the floor and lift your upper body. Repeat 10 times, and switch sides.
Specific Flab-Busting Exercises
Set up a routine. In order to get the most out of your work-outs and maximize muscle tone, it is important to set up a routine and stick to it. Choose 3 to 4 different exercises that you feel comfortable with and can perform correctly. You should also make sure to choose a selection of exercises that target different arm muscles, so as not to be working the same muscles all the time.
- To begin with, you should aim to perform 3-4 sets of each exercise, with 8-12 repetitions each. You can increase both the number of sets and the number of repetitions as you begin to build tone and muscle in your arms.
- Be aware that how you exercise will differ depending on whether you want to bulk up with added muscle or simply tone your arms without adding too much muscle mass. To simply tone up without bulking up an option many women go for- you should use lighter weights with more repetitions. To increase muscle mass, you should aim to do fewer repetitions using increasingly heavier weights.
Do push ups. The push up is a pretty basic exercise, and one that most people have attempted at some point in their lives. It’s an exercise that has stuck around for a reason – it works. Push ups target the tricep muscle in your arm, although they also strengthen your pectorals, abdominals, quads and lower back, making it a great overall exercise. To perform a basic push-up:
- Lie face-down on a solid floor, keep your legs together and prop your feet up on your toes and the balls of your feet.
- Place your hands palms-down on the floor, approximately a shoulder width apart.
- Raise yourself up, using just the strength in your arms, until both arms are fully extended. Your body should be in a straight line from your head to your heels. This is the start and end position for the push up.
- Slowly lower your body to the ground until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Inhale as go down.
- Slowly raise yourself back up into the extended arm position, exhaling as you do. You have now completed one repetition.
- Variations: You can vary the basic push up exercise in a number of ways. If you’re just starting to build up strength in your arms, you can make the exercise slightly easier by keeping your knees on the ground throughout the exercise. You can also try a triangle push up, where your hands form a triangle with your forefingers and thumbs, directly below the breastbone.
Do bench dips. Bench dips are another common exercise that help develop the triceps, while also working the pectorals and major shoulder muscles. All you need to perform this exercise is an exercise bench or step, though a kitchen chair will also work just fine. To perform a basic bench dip:
- Sit up straight on the edge of the bench or chair, extending your legs in front of you and planting your feet firmly on the ground.
- Firmly grip the edge of the bench or chair, with your fingers facing downwards. Slowly slide your body off the bench, without moving your legs.
- Slowly lower your body towards the floor, keeping your back straight, until your arms form a 90-degree angle.
- Straighten the arms again, and push your body back to the original starting position. You have now completed one repetition.
- Variations: To increase the difficulty of the bench dip, try propping your feet up on a second exercise bench or chair.
Do bicep curls. Bicep curls are one of the most basic weightlifting exercises, which help you to build arm strength and look good in short sleeves. Bicep curls target the two bicep muscles which control the flexing of your elbow.To do bicep curls, you will need a set of dumbbells, that weigh between 5 and 15 pounds each.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart.
- Let your arms hang relaxed at your side, with your palms facing forward.
- With your elbows held at your hip bones, slowly raise both weights until your forearms almost touch your chest.
- Slowly lower the weights back into the starting position, maintaining tension in your biceps. Make an effort to maintain good posture at all times, with your back straight and stomach pulled in.
- Variations: If you are performing this exercise at your local gym, look for an arm-curl machine which will target the exact same muscles as the dumbbells.If you’re doing the exercises at home for the first time, you can also use a standard 15 oz can of beans or peas to perform this exercise.
Do pull ups. Pull ups are a very challenging exercise that target a whole range of muscles groups, including muscles in the back, chest, shoulders and abdominals, as well as the biceps and lower arms. To perform a pull up you will need an exercise bar, and if you’re new to pull-ups, an assisted band.
- Grasp the overhead bar with your palms facing forward and your hands a little wider than your shoulders. Let your body hang.
- Pull your body up towards the bar, until your chin is slightly above it. Hold for one to two seconds, if you can.
- Lower yourself down again but avoid extending your arms completely as this will keep your muscles engaged. You have now completed one repetition.
- Variations: Pull-ups are quite a complex exercise, but with practice they can be successfully completed regardless of age or gender. To help you get started, you can use an assisted band which is attached to the overhead bar. You then slip your foot into the bottom of the band, which helps by taking some of your body weight.
Bench press. The bench press is an exercise designed to increase upper body strength, and targets the chest and shoulder muscles, in addition to the triceps.To perform the bench press, you will need a barbell and an exercise bench.
- Place the barbell on the bench rack and add your chosen weights. The weight should be challenging, but light enough that you can do about 8 repetitions without resting. For beginners, the bar itself (with no additional weight) may be challenging enough.
- Lie down flat on the exercise bench in a natural position, with your feet on the floor and your shoulders touching the bench.
- Reach up and grasp the bar with an overhand grip, with your hands spaced about a shoulder-width apart. Some body-builders prefer a wider grip, but keeping your hands a shoulder-width apart places more emphasis on the triceps.
- Engage your abdominal muscles and slowly lift the bar off the rack. Position the bar directly above the middle of your chest and extend your arms.
- Slowly lower the bar down to your chest, bending your elbows out to the sides. Inhale as you lower the bar.
- Press the bar back up to the starting position, while exhaling. You have now completed one repetition.
- Note: With this exercise, it may be necessary to have another person present to act as a “spotter”, particularly if you are working with very heavy weights. The spotter will help you lift the weight into position, return it to the rack afterwards and generally keep on eye on things to ensure you don’t drop a heavy bar on yourself.
Do a side plank reverse fly. This is a great exercise for building overall upper body strength. Although it doesn’t target the arms specifically, it will help build the necessary strength to do other arm-specific exercises. It is also fantastic for the oblique muscles along your side.To perform the side plank reverse fly:
- Lie down on your side on the floor and prop yourself up with either your hand or elbow. The elbow is an easier option for beginners.
- Stack your feet one on top of the other and lift your hips off the floor so that your body forms a diagonal line.
- With your free hand, grab a dumbbell and extend your arm straight up, keeping it in line with your shoulder.
- Slowly lower the dumbbell in front of you, until your arm is perpendicular to your body.
- Slowly raise the dumbbell back up, forming a “T” shape with your arm and the dumbbell. You have now completed one repetition.
- Variations: Instead of stopping when the dumbbell is perpendicular with your body, you can keep going, rotating your body and twisting the dumbbell underneath, before returning to the starting position.
Do a shoulder press. The shoulder press is a great exercise to incorporate into your arm-toning routine. While it is primarily used for strengthening the shoulders, it also engages both the biceps and the triceps, making it a good overall arm work-out.To do a shoulder press:
- Start from a seated or standing position with a dumbbell in each hand and your back straight.
- Lift the weights so they are at shoulder-level. Your elbows should be lower than your wrists and your palms facing away from your body.
- Slowly straighten your arms, lifting the dumbbells above your head. Try not to lock your elbows.
- Hold the dumbbells above your head for a second or two, then slowly lower them back to the starting position. You have now completed one repetition.
- Variations: You can also perform this exercise using a barbell or on a weight machine specifically designed for shoulder presses. This exercise is also easily combined with the bicep curl and triceps French press.
Start punching. Fast, repetitive punches are a great way to shape your arms. This exercise will work your shoulders and build strength. You can punch without any equipment, although you may use weights or a punching bag as well.
- Stand straight. Your legs should be hip-width apart with your knees slightly bent.
- Bend your arms 90-degrees at the elbow, and hold them up in front of your face.
- Punch your right arm forward until your arm is straight. Your palm should face the floor.
- Bend the right arm back to starting position, and repeat with the left arm.
- Variations: Hold a dumbbell in either hand, or use a punching bag.
Do arm circles. Arm circles are a great, easy exercise that can be performed anytime, anywhere, making them a great exercise option for beginners. Arm circles help to tone both your biceps and triceps, while also strengthening the back and shoulders.To do arm circles:
- Stand with your feet about a shoulder-width apart and extend your arms straight out to the sides, so they’re in line with your shoulders.
- Begin rotating your arms forward in small, circular motions, without moving your wrists or elbows.
- After about 20 circles, change direction and begin rotating your arms backwards.
- Variations: To increase the intensity of the arm circles, you can rotate your arms faster or use hand weights that are light enough to allow you to do 8-10 rotations.