What's the secret to awesome arms?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@MsGinkgo:  I just asked this the other day, if you look under my threads for “excercises for chubby arms” there is alot of great answers!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Weight training, as well as pushups. Get a personal trainer to get you started, preferrably a female.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@MsGinkgo:  Yes, I got some great answers- and alot of different options too! 🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I do a lot of weight training but I have to say, good ole pushups and dips (on a chair or rings) have done wonders for my arms.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MsGinkgo:  Crossfit. Pull ups. Push ups. Dips. You will see definition in a couple of weeks! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MsGinkgo:  weight training. Go a little bit heavy with the weights… Start with 3 sets of 12, as much weight as you can handle with good form for that many reps. Make sure you hit opposing muscles. Ie: Bicep curls and tricep pulldowns. 

If you want results sooner, isolating muscles with free weights is the best way. 

You must go heavy (IMO) to see results, none of that 18 reps per set stuff unless you are an endurance athlete training your muscles to handle the fatigue. Don’t worry, you can’t turn into a bodybuilder girl by accident. I promise.

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Fizzy8:  I agree with the heavy weights.  There’s no point lifting something lighter than your purse.  I go even heavier – as heavy as I can lift for 7 reps 3 sets to start (the last rep of the set should be to form failure.)  When I can do 12×3 without any form failure I add more weight.  It happens pretty quickly.  

I also seriously recommend yoga to compliment the weight lifting.  I was very anti yoga for a long time.  But I am a recent convert (still definitely not a yogi.  I’m about as flexible as a sheet of plywood.)  But it does help lengthen everything back out after lifting weights.  I’ve found it really is the perfect compliment.  And I hurt the day after a session. It’s a good hurt.  🙂  I finally gave yoga a try when I saw how it changed a friend’s body shape after a couple of months of regular practice.  Her arms are CUT.  And she doesn’t lift weights at all (or do anything beyond yoga.)  

I’ll never give up weights, I’ve been lifting since I was 15.  I’ve never gotten bulky.  But I am keeping yoga in my regular routine.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I think a combination of things is your best bet. Cardio is great for losing some excess fat if you have it in that area (it’s one of the places that I carry weight oddly enough). I also agree with PPs that heavier weights are best for this along with yoga. Yoga is great because it uses your own body weight. I don’t think I ever had toned looking arms until I started practicing it. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I totally understand. I’m actually getting certified to teach it. If you told me 5 years ago that’s what I’d be doing I’d be shocked. I felt quite neutral toward it until one of my friends made me go to a class with her. The teacher was great and I was hooked. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@MsGinkgo:  Some instructors make it unbearable!  I found a great instructor who isn’t super yogi with us.  And he is super challenging.  I just want to master ONE of the tough moves!  I will die happy if I do.  Sometimes I bust into giggles at his requests… sure, I’ll wrap my foot around my head while I balance on the other… as soon as balancing on the one foot doesn’t require ALL of my attention.  

Usually he comes over and repositions me at some point during the class.  I am one of the worst.  I sit next to a girl who was obviously a pretzel in a past life.  I’m totally in awe of her.  She makes it look so effortless and here I am sweating, trembling, shaking like a baby giraffe trying to stand up for the first time. 

TRX will also cut your arms.  I love it.  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MsGinkgo:  Boxing has been great for my arms and torso as a whole.  I started at 3 1 minute rounds at 3 different “stations” with a 1 minute break in between each round.  Just upped it to 1.5 minutes per round this week. I could tell a difference (in addition to the wicked soreness) after the first week. Goal is 3 minute rounds.

 

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