I saw your post on LWL and thought I'd see if someone more expert than me responded. The short answer is you cannot remove fat from any particular spot. What you can do is build up the muscle in your arms (or anywhere) so that when you lose weight/fat, those lovely developed muscles will show up. Fat comes off - as I'm sure you know - from a combination of diet and exercise, mainly aerobic/cardio type exercise. Your body decides where you'll drop it from. No spot reduction - sorry.
There are lots of good exercises for your arms. Look at some of the stickies on LWL or at Krista's site www.stumptous.com She has a lot of good advice and exercises for various parts of your body.
Good going on your loss so far!
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
Back - bent over dumbbell row, seated cable row (i do it with resistance bands wrapped around my feet while sitting on the ground with my legs extended in front)
Shoulders - Lateral raise (i like doing one arm at a time best), shoulder press
Just pick one from each area and do one set for 10-12 reps. Make sure you give yourself a full 24 hours rest before working them again - they need their rest. You can increase the reps or increase the weight and do more sets once you feel ready.
Don't neglect the other areas of your upper body even if you only want to target a certain area of your body.
Also, there is www.fitsite.com - I completely ignore the supplement adds (I get all my body needs from the food I eat, thank's all the same), and you don't even have to register- just click on the "fitness and exercise" tab, click on the muscle you are interested in exercising and click on one of the exercises listed on the left. You can watch a loop of the exercise to replicate with your weights. I also have a weight-lifting book that I've tried in the past, but I do prefer seeing the videos.
Good luck! I hope you find what you are looking for.
The things I believe:
Cal in < Cal out = weight loss
All foods can fit into a healthy diet, some just need to be in smaller portions.
Variety is the spice of life: eat a new dish, play a new game, or go to a new place every week.
Jen...you knew what I meant! I know that spot reduction is impossible etc..
But I also know that people DO lose inches off of certain areas as they are losing weight..whether fat is covering the area or not.
I'll check out all of those links, and thanks again!!! I looks forward to hearing more replies/opinions.
TRYING to leave the batteries out of my scale!!
Maybe there isn't such a thing as spot-reduction, but these certainly helped me lose 2 inches off my arms in 2 weeks...Keep in mind, though, that there is only one arm sequence on that link, the rest is torso. The other arm exercises i am doing i got from the videos.
I've just started taking a kickboxing class, and I have to say it is by far the best arm workout I've ever had (typing actually hurts!). I'm only doing it twice a week, but I've definitely noticed a big difference already. I'm doing a group class in women's only kickboxing, but I know you can get one on one training if you're not comfortable in a class. It gets in some good cardio and works your legs, too.
if you want to drop fat around your arms, work out your legs...
sounds strange huh?
here's what i mean by that. as other have stated, you can't spot reduce.
your legs are the biggest calorie burner you've got. after doing exercises like squats, deadlifts, lunges, burpees, etc, it takes a lot of energy to repair those leg muscles. so if your diet is in line, your body is going to have to burn fat from various areas of your body in order to provide that recovery energy for the legs.
so continue doing multi joint lower body exercises such as squats, deadlifts, forward lunges, walking lunges reverse lunges, etc as well as upper body multi joint exercises such as pushups, bent over rows, lat pulldowns or pullups and shoulder press and you'll get there.
and just a quick word on direct arm work like curls and tricep kickbacks. as a colleague of mine says, these are like chinese water torture, it's just not going to work. those muscles are muscles that assist with your bigger upper body muscles like your back, chest, and shoulders so if you are only concentrating on the bicep and tricep without first and foremost focusing on the bigger muscle exercises, they are going to either stay the same or only slightly get bigger.
Michael Navin, CSCS
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This link has an animation of a burpee. You bob down into a crouch, flick out into a press up type move, spring back into your crouch, then finish with a jump, then repeat. I haven't tried one for years, but I might tomorrow!!!
In the article in my magazine, it was written by an Australian whose grandfather was a shearer, and involved finding a wobbly floor board to give you more bounce at the end.
We used to have to do 10 of these each morning before class. Bearing in mind this was in our little schooldresses, the boys used to love standing behind us when we did them, little