Armpit fat, chicken skin, bat wings, grandma flab. Whatever you may choose to call it, when the pesky bit of loose skin between your arms and your boobs comes in the way of you wearing sexy tank tops, you know it’s time to do something about it!
A variety of factors contribute to flabby underarm skin: age, inappropriate diet, lack of exercise among others. But you don’t have to live with those grandma arms for the rest of your life!
Apart from weight loss and cardio workouts, there are several exercises to tighten under arm skin for shapely arms that you won’t think twice before baring this summer. And the best part of it all is, you don’t have to invest in heavy equipment: all you need for these exercises for underarm flab is a dumbbell. If you don’t have a set handy, fill up a 500 ml beverage bottle with sand or water and you’re all set to go.
Standing Triceps Kickback
The standing triceps kickback is one of celebrity trainer Denise Austin’s favorite exercises to tighten under arm skin.
To perform the standing triceps kickback, stand on the floor keeping your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand, keep your waist bent at a 45 degree angle and place your right foot forward.
Now balance yourself by putting your right palm on a firm chair or table and hold your left arm out straight behind you. Hold this position for two seconds, bring your arm down and switch sides.
Don’t let the name fool you – certified fitness instructor and founder of JCORE Jay Cordellio believes that this move has no match when it comes to exercises to tighten underarm skin.
To perform the thumb downs, stand with your feet hip width apart and point your toes outwards, keeping your knees in a straight line with your toes. Tuck in your hips and keep your spine straight. Now fully stretch both arms outwards so that your left arm is straight over your left knee and vice versa, holding your thumbs up.
Now pretend as if you were pouring yourself some water and rotate your thumbs downwards. Holding this position, bring your arms down and touch your thighs to your thumbs. Now in a fast fluid motion and maintaining the same angle take your arms up as high as they can go. Repeat the move as many times as you can in 30 seconds.
The triceps extension is a multi-purpose exercise for underarm flab that works your pecs and upper arms all at the same time.
Lie flat on a bench holding a dumbbell in your left hand. Now raise your left arm towards the ceiling. Now in a controlled motion bring your forearm down towards the floor forming a 90 degree angle with your body. Perform three sets of 12 to 15 reps for best results.
The triceps stretch is a simpler variant of the standing triceps kickback, yet is one of the more effective exercises for under arm flab.
Stand on the floor keeping your feet hip-width apart. Now hold a dumbbell in your left arm and extend your left arm out straight ahead of you.
Bend your elbow slightly, bring the dumbbell over your head and try to take it towards your left shoulder blade, while keeping your elbows fixed. Maintain this position for twenty seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Hands of Time
Another one of Jay Cordellio’s favorite exercises for underarm flab, the “Hands of Time” looks exactly what it sounds like: the arms of a clock.
Start off in pushup position keeping your feet outwards and your hands in line underneath your shoulders. Now stretch your right tricep and take your right arm off the ground. Perform as many clockwise motions with your right hand as you can for 30 seconds.
Now perform the same movement counter-clockwise with the same arm for the same amount of time. Bring your right arm back to the starting position and repeat the same motions on the left arm.
Here’s to sexy arms that you can flaunt at the beach. As always, remember to consult a doctor before implementing any changes in your fitness routine.