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TOTALREDO2013 Posts: 5,257
1/3/12 2:59 A

Technically you can get pretty fit with upper arm strength by doing some alternate body resistance exercises like a variety of pull-ups, push-ups, dips on a chair, use weighted gloved for kickboxing. Doesn't have to be free weights all the time. You can gain strength by doing things like this with your own body weight...and power yoga works for strength too.

If it bores you, try a different way of doing the exercise until it clicks wirh you. Someone mentioned resistance bands...those are great too. But check out for ideas on routines designed to be all similar to interval/circuit training using your own bodyweight.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
1/3/12 12:46 A

Fat is considerably bulkier than muscle (check
for a great photo of this).

It is also pretty difficult to add a lot of muscle mass while running a calorie deficit to lose weight, as the body tends to burn protein for energy rather than creating new muscle tissue.

If you want to reduce the size of your arms, focus on reducing yuor overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, and some of it will naturally come off the arms. While watching your intake is definitely the biggest contributor to fat loss, there is a fair bit of evidence that strength training is more effective than cardio in terms of fat loss.

And yes, you should be strength training for the rest of your life. Not just because of your arms, but because of all the other benefits of strength training - including keeping the weight off longer term, functional fitness (eg. being able to lift common household objects easily) and reducing your long term risk of osteoporosis.


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/2/12 11:15 P

well since you don;t want muscular arms I will take them. That is my goal. I really want hugh muscles. I love lifting weights. If I were you I'd try stretch bands that may be what you need. good luck.

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1/2/12 10:39 P

I hate brushing my teeth, washing my hair and cleaning the litter box but I do it anyways.

Without strength training, you'll be smaller, yes but flabby. You still won't look good in clothing. Perhaps your trainer wasn't challenging you with the right exercises, or heavy enough weights.

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
1/2/12 8:23 P

I'm just so bored with this though......I feel like I've been lifting forever, like over a year.....and I tried a trainer and just can't get into it!? Any suggestions?

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
1/2/12 8:19 P

Coach Nancy is 100% correct. Hey and don't be surprised if someday you fall in love with the weights, the gift of a well sculpted body is worth the price. Good luck and Happy New Years. emoticon

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
1/2/12 8:17 P

Thanks! It's so frustrating sometimes!

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1/2/12 8:13 P


Strength training is just as important to our overall fitness plan as cardio. As you begin to shrink the fat cells by following a healthy diet with a slight caloric deficit and expend some calories via cardio activity, you should begin to see some of that bulkiness disappear, but it is going to take some time, so patience is a must.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
1/2/12 8:01 P

I am not sure if I should continue to weight train. I noticed that my shoulders started filling out and getting thicker, and my arms in general just started to thicken up. I really want lean, toned arms, or at least lean arms. Not my bulky ones that I've been getting. I noticed that since I stopped lifting, I'm getting flabbier, but I'm hoping that if I lose a little weight, they will get smaller. Any suggestions?? I just hate that I need to lift weights for the rest of my life to keep my arms toned....

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