Flabby Arms after Weight Loss?


Arm Workout for Flabby Arms

Question: I have recently lost fifty pounds and while I am healthier and feel so much better about myself the backs of my arms are loose and need toning up. What are the best exercises I can do to tighten those babies up?

Answer: Congratulations on your successful weight loss! Unfortunately one of the remaining issues associated with weight loss is loose skin and still feeling flabby. Weight training will assist you with restoring the feel of the muscle. Within a couple of weeks of training you will feel your muscles take on a definitive shape and hardness. The flaccid way they feel will be replaced by a tighter more shapely muscle.

Getting the skin which was stretched to rebound is a slower condition. If you are in your twenties or even thirties the rebound is usually a matter of months depending on the amount of weight loss. If you’re in your forties or fifties the process could take longer: the skin doesn’t have as much elasticity and the replacement process is slower.

Be patient keep training and keep the weight off.

  • For triceps the old standard and a good exercise to begin is the Triceps Pressdown. Initially, keep your elbows perpendicular to the floor and drive the bar down with an attitude. Return to start position more deliberately and drive down again. Start position should be just above chest level so you feel a stretch in your triceps. The finish position of the rep should find your arm fully extended and flexing the muscle. Three sets of 10-15 reps per set.
  • Another triceps specific exercise is the Dumbbell Triceps Kickback. The secret to making this exercise effective is to keep your upper arm(humerus) parallel to the floor during the full range of each rep. Start with your torso bent over and support yourself with your non-working arm. Both the working arm and your torso should be parallel to the floor. With a dumbbell in your working hand and your arm at a 90 degree angle push the dumbbell back and fully straighten your arm flexing the triceps against the resistance. Return to start position and repeat for three sets of 10-12 reps for each arm.

Those two are simple, effective and will help you restore tone to your arms by warm weather.

God bless and keep training,