Exercises for "chubby" arms…

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Katie918:  hand weights from Target…..then, while I don’t know the name of the exercises, I have a Jillian Micheals video that shows excellent moves.  You could throw on the TV and do them while standing and watching.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Kettlebells, kettlebells, kettlebells!!! 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Katie918:  have you tried tracy anderson’s 8 minute arms?  it’s a good arm workout.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Katie918:  IS there fat on the arms or are they just not toned?

If it’s fat then no amount of toning exercises will burn the fat off.  I think the best thing to do is either decrease calories or do more cardio so that fat get’s burned away and then the muscles can get toned up

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Kettlebells, weights, push ups.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@FleeSircus:  Pardon my confusion, but what is the difference between “not toned” and “fat” on arms? Doesn’t untoned muscle turn into fat?

FWIW I use a shakeweight. It hurts like hell, but it does work!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsNewDay:  I don’t believe untoned muscle liquifies and turns into fat.  muscle is muscle and it takes a GREAT deal of famine or starvation for your body to truly lose muscle…..like…way more than people think.

I can have toned triceps all I want but you won’t see any definition or “tone” until most of the fat that’s covering the muscle is gone.  That being said, it’s still wise to do crunches or tricep dips WHILE you’re in the process of losing fat doing cardio.  You don’t have to do it in the order of losing fat first, then tone up, build more lean muscle.

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

You can tone up the soft area behind the bicep (not sure what that area is called) by doing controlled, slow movements with 5 lbs + dubmbells – one in each hand:
– Start holding weights straight up above head, arms fully extended
– Slowly bend the elbows and lower your hands behind your head to about your neck
– Slowly lift back up to straight up, extended position. Try to really concentrate on using those muscles back there to do the movements.
– Repeat.

You can also do backwards pushups using your bed or a coffee table as support. (Google can tell you what that is if you’re not sure.)

I did those before our wedding and it helped tone up some softness 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you have fat on your arms, then your best bet, as a previous bee said, is to lower your calories and try to lose weight. You can’t spot reduce.

I think you’d see great results by eating at a deficit and lifting weights. Otherwise, you’ll just be building muscle under a layer of fat, which doesn’t show much tone at all.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@FleeSircus:  Just looked it up, and gotcha. I fell for a very common fitness myth. The truth is muscle is muscle, and fat is fat. What basically happens when you don’t work out is your muscle cells shrink, but fat cells expand – hence you look bigger.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Katie918:  There are a ton of really great weight lifting moves to tone the arms. Look up front raises, lateral raises, reverse flys, hammer curls, bicep curls. 2 sets of 10 reps each is a great place to start, and if you haven’t lifted in a long time/ever I would suggest starting with lighter weights. If you push to far too fast you’re just going to be painfully sore and won’t get as much out of subsequent workouts.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@srslovebug:  +1 THIS! In the past, I started working out my arms and much to my surprise they actually looked CHUBBIER in pictures because the muscle was building but there was still a layer of fat covering them. Yuck. Now i focus on doing cardio 3-4 days a week and do yoga and assisted pull-ups 1x a week to give my upper body a little bit of muscle tone.

Focus more on cardio than arm excercises. Burning the fat off is the best way to make your arms look less chubby. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Katie918:  You can’t “spot tone.” You can increase your muscle in the arm but if it’s fatty, you need cardio AND weights.

And one… and two… and three… and four.

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