(Closed) Strength training advice needed for arms…

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You are not a man, therefore weight lifting will not get you bulky man arms! Dont’ be afraid to lift weights- it is the best way to get in shape and look better in your dress.

Women are not built for muscle building- therefore we will get lean muscles and not bulky ones the more weight we lift.

In fact, weight lifting is the best thing you can do to lose weight. Cardio alone is not as effective because when you weight lift your body burns calories twice as long AFTER the workout as opposed to cardio. To lose weight faster, combine cardio and weightlifting.

For the best information check out this 12 week training guide- it is my favorite resource. Bodybuilding.com is a great site too.


Post # 4
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I took total body conditioning classes for 2 years prior to my wedding and the arm work I did made a huge difference.  I did not look any bigger.  I would suggest lots and lots of push ups so you don’t ignore your shoulders and chest.  What a lot of women don’t realize is if they strengthen their shoulders they will have better posture and it will show off more of their curvy figure.  That dress will make your shoulders look incredible. 

I dont’ know of any websites but there is lots you can do at home and exercies like you find in SHAPE magazine will be perfect.  Push ups, tricep dips, bicep work, back work, chest flies, etc.  All of it will improve how you carry yourself and will improve musle tone.  The more you can do with your own body weight, the better.   Good luck!

Post # 5
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Strength training will give you that toned look many women want. Women should train EXACTLY like men do, lifting heavy, to see results like that. You will NOT get bulky because women do not have the Testosterone levels necessary to build huge muscles like men do (women who look crazy bulky are likely taking a Testosterone supplement).

Also, diet plays a huge part! Eat lots of protein, lots of good fats and a good amount of carbs. I suggest Bodybuilding.com and Oxygen Magazine as good resoucres!

Good luck! 

Post # 6
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try the book New Rules of Lifting for Women. It explains exactly why you cannot get toned like a man unless you are a complete genetic oddity (which isn’t bad, just means your body is made differently). The book also gives a great set of simple and quick workouts you can do in any gym. Most of them only take about 20 minutes.

Also, what I have learned in my weight loss saga is that you CANNOT target a part of your body. If you want to slim down in your arms, you have to slim down all over. So dont forget to work on your core, legs, back, and get in some cardio. Your arms may be the last area to loose fat, so it’s best to start all-over workouts than just pushups and pull ups.

Post # 7
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely strength training and cardio! Try muscle and fitness Hers magazine, that’s how I lost weight!

Post # 8
64 posts
Worker bee


Strength training definitely won’t bulk up your arms, for all the reasons PPs mentioned. I actually found that strength training in my kickboxing classes (a LOT of pushup and resistance bands) slimmed and toned my arms. I second the book rec New Rules of Lifting for Women, and if you’re looking for a nice, mindless program to follow (I’m so bad at studying magazine/website descriptions and tracking reps) I personally love the Power Circuit Training DVD with Jackie Warner. The dvd keeps track of the time and exercises for me, and keeps me moving from one exercise to the next so I don’t waste time or wander away from boredom

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