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BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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1/11/13 3:58 P

@ Dragonchilde:

" I have a six pack abs (I can feel them under there) but they're unfortunately hidden by the keg. :) "

This is TOO FUNNY! emoticon

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (209,954)
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1/11/13 3:44 P

I would love to lose my underarm flab, but short of surgery, I can't see it going away.

10TAGO SparkPoints: (1,176)
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1/11/13 8:16 A

tripcep dips, hammers, weighted rows.., cardio, an proper diet. I can help doing push ups, bicep curls....planks...ect. Pretty much anything that targets the upper body and core. Think about your legs.....if you excercise just one part will your legs look the way you want? No. There are many different muscles that help pull things tightand give you the shape you desire. However everyones body is different. It could take only a few months of consitanty for one person and then a whole year for another. Just keep pushing your body the the limints and stick in there and you will see results! :)

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1/11/13 7:01 A


BLUEJEAN99 Posts: 4,849
1/11/13 1:58 A

thx for tips!

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
1/11/13 1:40 A

yoga helps (own body weight exercises essentially) without specifically targeting that area. I also find that callanetics exercises (very small intense movements of a specific area) have helped me ... You can find it on you tube to get a sense of some of these. Some that I found intense for under arm/back area are lifting arms behind you (close together and up) one or two centimetres at a time (building up the number you do) and something my teacher called donkey dips. hold onto a bar, counter, windowsill whatever is easily accessible and enables you to bend with your back straight into a table top position. Hands close together - legs full arm length away (so when in table top have a distance between your head and the edge you are holding onto. then keeping your elbows and arms close together, bend your arms and aim to touch your head onto the edge. Keep on bending and straightening arms while in table top as many times as can bear. Best if you look for videos and can see these being done.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
1/10/13 7:29 P

The rowing machine is awesome cardio, but as with all cardio, it does not offer enough resistance to be effective strength training or to add muscle tone.


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1/10/13 10:00 A

Batwings are stubborn

BIGTIRE Posts: 2
1/10/13 8:48 A

I think she may mean the flab that comes up over your bra under your arm. I have added 10 minutes on the rowing machine to my gym routine and I feel like it's targeting that lat area. It may not be "fat reducing" but I find that fat, my fat at least, lays a bit nicer over some muscle tone.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/10/13 7:28 A

I know people who are skinny and workout religiously and still have under arm sag. I personally, haven't seen any reduction of inches in my upper arms in months, although I've lost lots of weight in that time and do a lot of ST. I still have flab, the only difference is that now when I flex it, my under arms or triceps are solid but when I'm not flexing they hang.

Push ups, tricep extentions, tricep dips.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/10/2013 (07:32)
MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
1/10/13 6:23 A

One of the best and simplest triceps exercises are pushups (modified, wall or incline pushups if necessary). As noted, this targets the triceps MUSCLES, not the fat in that area.


SPARKVERONICA SparkPoints: (366)
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1/9/13 2:13 P

It's true.... no exercise can pinpoint fat/weight loss... we all lose it in different spots that our body will choose.. I lose my hips first.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (209,954)
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1/9/13 1:49 P

I'm doing a mix of SP upper body exercises with 5 lb. free weights and resistance bands.

1/9/13 1:11 P

I agree with the previous posters about fat loss. No amount of muscle will get rid of the flab, that comes with good nutrition and a caloric deficit.

Since your asking about the underarm area, you might want to throw in exercises like chin ups, bench pullovers, overhead slam with medicine ball, bench dumbbell pullovers, or a combo pullover with triceps extension. Decline dumbbell tricep extensions are good too.

With some of these, I feel a good stretch in the triceps and lats and a good hit on the whole "underarm" area.

Hope this helps. has a great database of exercises by bodypart which you can sort by the equipment you have available. It also has videos of proper from.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/9/13 1:04 P

Exercises don't target. No exercise targets fat loss from any part of your body.

You exercise your legs, butt, core, back, chest, shoulders and arms because you want those areas to be strong and able to cope with the demands of your life.

Not because you want the fat gone. You diet because you want the fat gone.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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1/9/13 12:10 P

Larkun's right. No amount of tricep dips or other strength training exercises will attack those areas. When you lose weight, you lose weight from your entire body. Your muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat store. So all the crunches in the world will not give you a flat stomach.

Great abs are made in the kitchen.

Strength training should be total-body for the best effects overall. "Toning" is a marketing term that means little in reality. Muscle tone is shown by fat loss. I have a six pack abs (I can feel them under there) but they're unfortunately hidden by the keg. :)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/9/2013 (12:11)
LARKUN7701 Posts: 25
1/9/13 11:15 A

Targeting specific areas of fat with exercise isn't really possible. You can create more muscle in that area and fill it out which will tighten the skin and perhaps improve its appearance, but actually metabolizing fat is a whole body process.

The muscles in your underarm are called the triceps and a number of exercises will tone that area. Pushups are particularly good and will target that area the closer your hands are to each other. I like to do "diamond pushups" for that where your thumbs and pointer fingers touch to create a "diamond".

WENDYJP1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/9/13 10:43 A

I do cardio and strength training regularly since I know that a combination of the two is important. I haven't seen any exercises or machines that target the underarm area though. Does anyone have ideas on how I could focus on that area?

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