The #1 Move To Banish Underarm Fat
Raise your hand if underarm fat is a constant issue for you. Or don’t raise your hand, that might draw attention, right? Instead of enjoying summer tank tops, you suffer in t-shirts or long sleeves so no one sees that extra fat that you can’t seem to get rid of under your arms. It’s an unwelcomed guest that follows you everywhere. But guess what, there’s a solution!
First, we need to get a little more specific about our phrasing. Technically, you can’t target your weight loss to certain parts of the body, but you can target-tone certain muscles. That means you can’t say, “I’m going to lose weight in my arms,” and make it happen. What you can do is improve overall eating, increase your overall exercise, and target specific muscles to tone. That doesn’t mean you can’t banish the underarm fat, it just mean you have to re-think your way of making it happen.
If you think you’re the only one struggling with this issue, you aren’t. This is such a big problem, especially for women, that the American Council on Exercise performed a clinical study specifically to find out which exercise would actually be the most successful at toning underarm muscles. And what did they find?
Hands down they discovered that the best underarm exercise is a triangle push-up. Followed closely by tricep kick-backs and dips. So if target-toning those underarms is high on your list, you might want to consider adding these exercises to your routine. And the best part is you don’t even need to head to the gym to do it.
So how do you tone up your underarms?
Here’s a list of those three exercises (plus explanations) for a quick workout to get you closer towards tank top ready arms:
If the idea of push-ups makes you shudder, never fear, modification is here. If on your toes is too hard, don’t be afraid to start on your knees or have something or someone be your support. It’s better to start where you are then try to do something you aren’t able to do and give up.
Once you find your proper push-up stance, place your body into a regular push up position with hands spread. Now slide your hands towards each other so that the thumbs and forefingers meet, creating a triangle. You are now in the triangle push-up position and this is the position you will start and end in. Now perform your push up from this position, lowering slowly down and slowly back up. Do as many as you can. If you can only do 1, then do 1. That’s awesome! Your goal is to workup to 15 in a row. But start with just as many as you can manage in good form.
One down, two more exercises to go. Grab a weight, or something in your house that could work just as well, and a bench or a chair. Place a weight in your left hand and place your right knee on the bench. Lower your head and torso down towards the bench to create a “L” with your left foot on the floor and your right hand on the bench for support. You want to keep your upper body parallel to the bench throughout the entire move. The only part of your body that should be moving is your arm holding the weight. Tuck your left elbow into the side of your body and let the lower part of your left arm hang down. You are now in position. When you are ready, slowly lift the weight back and extend your left arm fully. Then slowly lower the weight back down to the original position. Do as many as you can. Again, if you can only do 1, don’t worry about only doing 1. Performing 1 tricep kick-back with good form is still an amazing accomplishment. Before you know it, you will reach the goal of 15. Don’t forget, when you finish with the left arm, repeat the same exercise with the right arm.
So really what we mean when say we are targeting our under arms is that we are target-toning them.
Our final underarm exercise! Take that same chair or bench you used in the last exercise and stand next to it, but facing away from the bench. Sit down on the bench and place both hands on either side of you gripping the edge, as though your hands were supporting your sitting. Now slide your bum off the bench so that it is an inch or two away. Extend your feet out in front of you or you can keep your knees bent and feet flat on the floor for more support. Now slowly lower your bum towards the floor until your arms become parallel with the floor. Then slowly lift back up using your arms until you reach your first position. Repeat this as many times as you can. After having done the other two workouts, you might only be able to do 1 dip. But keep adding an extra dip each day until you reach 15.
You did it! Nice job! How do your arms feel after your workout?
Try adding this series of arm exercises into your weekly routine. Start with this series, adding more of each exercise until you reach 15 of each. As it gets easier, try going through the series a second or third time. You can even increase the weight as things become less and less difficult. Before you know it, you’ll be waving goodbye to arm jiggles for good!
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