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Work Your Arms to Go From Flabby to Toned
Tone Flabby Arms Quickly by Performing These Easy Arm Exercises
To tone your arms you must first understand that you will have to both exercise your flabby arms as well as lower your fat levels in your body by dieting.
When we talk about flabby arms let’s face it most of us think of women and how a lot of women get flabby arms mostly on the back of the arm which is the Tricep area.
This is just one area that women accumulate fat easily just like on their hips and legs. Men tend to gain weight mostly on their bellies and Torso.
This Hub is about toning those flabby arms once and for all so that the next time you lift your arms in the wind your triceps don’t hang there and flutter (humour).
The Tricep muscle which is the muscle on the back of your arms is actually larger than your biceps. Most people don’t know this. So if you tone your triceps you tone a large part of your upper arm.
2 Easy Ways to Tone and Firm up Your Arms
The two ways to tone and firm up your arms is to exercise them and to eat less calories than your body needs to maintain your current weight, yes I am talking about dieting. Lose the fat and you lose the flap. Simpler said than done I know.
Exercising will help to tone your arms even under the layers of fat but you do need to try to lose some weight. If you just have soft flaccid arms without a lot of excess fat you will not only feel the difference but you will see it too very quickly.
We will not be talking about losing weight here. If you are interested in ways to easily lose a few pounds then check out the links to some great articles at the end of this article.
How to perform a Barbell curl
How to Tone Your Arms with Exercise. Some Bicep Toning as Well.
When exercising for toning you want to use a moderate weight if using weights. Remember we are toning not trying to build muscle.
Because you are going to use a moderate weight you will be able to exercise your arms every 2nd or 3rd day.
Training like this will show you results in just a couple of weeks barring you give it an honest try at staying consistent.
To tone your arms you will want to focus on your triceps but include your biceps as well.
For biceps I recommend doing standard barbell or dumbbell curls and every 4th or 5th bicep workout do dumbbell hammer curls to switch it up and work your biceps from a different angle.
Use a moderate weight and keeping your repetition range up around 8 to 12 repetitions. Do 3 or 4 sets and you can increase the weight slightly but don’t go to heavy.
Once you get to your twelfth repetition you should be very close to failure which means you just can’t move the weight anymore. But don’t quite achieve failure otherwise you will not repair quickly enough for your next workout in two to three days. Got it? This is about toning not building muscle.
Biceps – 3 or 4 sets for 8 to 12 repetitions with a moderate not heavy weight.
How to perform a Dumbbell curl
Triceps Exercises for Toning Those Flabby Arms
To tone your triceps you want to go by the same rules as biceps and use a moderate weight and keep the rep range between 8 to 12. Difference is I want you to do two exercises for your triceps performing two to three sets of each.
There are many exercises for your tricep muscles that you can perform. I am going to give you 4 that you can use and switch them around every few weeks to keep your tri’s working hard.
The First Exercise for Your Triceps
The first exercise I like for triceps that is easy to do and does not require any equipment is a push-up with your fingers pointing straight ahead and elbows in. The push-up works more than your triceps and is a great place to start.
- To perform a push-up to effectively work your triceps get into a push-up position whether you do a man or a woman push-up with your knees on the floor.
- For your hand placement you want to make sure your fingers are not pointing outwards at all, they should be pointing straight ahead and your elbows up beside your body. When you perform this movement think about your triceps doing all of the work.
- Go all the way down and all the way up. When in the top position tighten your triceps for a second and continue with your next repetition. Do 8 to 12 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.
How to perform a Tricep Push-up
Second Exercise for Triceps is Bench Dips
This exercise does not require any special equipment, just a couple of benches or chairs or one of each.
- For this exercise place a bench or chair behind you and a bench or chair in front of you less than body length apart.
- Place the palms of your hands on the bench behind you and put your feet up on the bench in front of you with your knees slightly bent.
- Now slowly lower your body in a controlled manor keeping your elbows in until your upper arms are just parallel or just beyond parallel to the ground and then raise yourself back up to the starting position.
Do 8 to 12 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.
How to perform Bench dips
Third Exercise for Triceps Is the Overhead Dumbbell Extension
- Grab a hold of one moderately weighted dumbbell in one hand and either sitting or standing, lift your arm up so that your arm is vertical up over your head. You can place your other hand on your hip.
- Slowly lower the dumbbell behind your head keeping your upper arm stationary and only moving your forearm. Lower it as far as it will go and then lift it back up to the starting position. That was one rep.
Do 8 to 12 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.
How to perform Dumbbell extensions for Triceps
The Fourth Exercise Is the Kick-back or Standing Bent over Dumbbell Tricep Extensions
I just call this one a kick-back but I have heard others call it a bent over Tricep extension. I think kick-back is easier to remember.
- For this exercise you will use a dumbbell with a light weight. Bend over at the waist with a dumbbell in one hand and put your other hand on your thigh to stabilize yourself.
- Hold your upper arm beside your torso and upper arm almost parallel to the floor and your elbow bent so that your forearm and upper arm is close to a 90 degree angle.
- Now with just moving your forearm, slowly move the dumbbell back so that your whole arm is horizontal to the floor and then return to the starting position.
That was one set. If your elbow hurts or you can’t do this one in a slow and controlled manor then the weight is too heavy.
You do not need a lot of weight for this exercise. Do 8 to 12 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.
How to Perform Kick Backs with a Dumbbell
Final instructions on How To Tone Flabby Arms
There you have 4 different exercises to work your triceps that are easy to perform and need minimal equipment. Pick two of the Tricep exercises to perform during any workout and every few weeks switch one that you are currently doing for one that you are not doing.
Doing these exercises on a consistent basis will tone your arms in no time at all. You should notice some kind of difference in a couple of weeks.
So now it is your job to work on cutting back on the calories and making sure you are working out every 2 to 3 days and you will definitely see results.
Why have flabby arms if you can have tight toned firm arms with minimal effort. Good luck.
Hitting a Heavy Bag for Toned Arms
You don't have to just lift weights or do body weight exercises to shape and tone your arms. Another great way to strengthen and firm up flabby arms is to perform heavy bag work. You do not not require professional training performing this exercise as it is a natural movement. All you need to do is clench your fists and move your arms forward and backwards in a punching motion. What you need to know when striking a heavy bag to help firm up those flabby arms.
- You do not have to hit the heavy bag very hard to reap the rewards of this exercise.
- when hitting the heavy bag make sure you are striking it with a clenched fist and that your knuckles where they attach to your hand are making contact not the middle knuckle half way down your finger.
- Think of your arms and fists as pistons when striking.
- Everyone punches in their own comfortable way. You do not have to punch like someone else if it doesn't feel comfortable to you.
- You don't have to use a heavy bag. You can hit anything that has a bit of cushion and gives some resistance. The back of a couch or an exercise mat leaning against a wall.
- Striking a heavy bag not only tones the arms the exercise also tones up the Lat muscles of the back and front deltoid of the shoulder muscles.
- Alternate slow medium and fast striking to improve coordination as well.
- Practice shadow boxing as well.
How To Hit a Heavy Bag Video
How To Shadow Box Video
Tone those arms now
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 15, 2020:
Great article. I prefer resistance stretch bands over dumbells as you can get better range of motion and flexibility. I also prefer to do push ups against the wall but now with neck issues not such I good idea. Planks are awesome !! But hard on the back and neck :)
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on January 16, 2017:
I don't really think age is an issue.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 14, 2017:
I'm an older woman. Will these exercises work regardless of your age?
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on February 08, 2015:
Thanks @ezzly I have never heard the term bingo wings before. Too funny. LOL. Thanks for the tweet. Have a great day.
ezzly on February 08, 2015:
Thanks for this concise article for getting rid of bingo wings ! Am going to try to follow your tips. I love the pic of her sticking her tongue out at her arms lol ! Tweeting and sharing !
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on January 03, 2011:
fadibody thanks and happy new year to you as well.
fadibody on January 02, 2011:
Interesting hub. Thanks for the wonderful information. Happy New Year!
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on August 28, 2010:
stars439 Thanks I appreciate it.
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on August 28, 2010:
Great hub. God Bless You.
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on August 22, 2010:
nikitha thank you
nikitha p from India on August 21, 2010:
nice hub! Thank you.
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on August 07, 2010:
fucsia thank you. I enjoy helping others with toning and getting into shape.
fucsia on August 07, 2010:
very helpuf hub! thank you
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on June 28, 2010:
edguider thanks for reading and commenting.
TheListLady I feel for you regarding the humidity there. I lived 20 years in southern Ontario where it gets hunid as well. Good I am glad you will try these exercises.
TheListLady from New York City on June 28, 2010:
Hmmm. I admit I was feeling a bit flabby this a.m. - it's 10,000 degrees in NYC and has the nerve to be humid as well - so this means tank tops. I'm not in the 'wings' category but I do want to be in the 'don't mess with that old lady - look at the arms' category.
OK - I'll try this. Nice to meet you by the way. I'll follow now!
edguider on June 28, 2010:
Good hub, now I have an understanding of how many calories I need to get in.
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on June 13, 2010:
beth811 I agree some people not only exercise their arms while doing work around the house but they also work their ass*s off to :)
Beth Arch from Pearl of the Orient Seas on June 13, 2010:
Doing household chores esp heavy ones is also exercise.I think it serves the same purpose as these exercises for arms:)
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on June 11, 2010:
Leptirela thank you for commenting. It is very frustrating when you are working out and not seeing all of the results you want. Usually though it takes a few tweeks here and there in your program and diet and you can do wonders. I am glad to have you as a follower.
Leptirela from I don't know half the time on June 11, 2010:
Wow , bulls eye
This is exactly what I have a problem
with, I am working out yet my wings just seem flabbeeeerr
thank you...great hub..
Will definitely take it up :)
you have a new follower
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on June 08, 2010:
jacobkuttyta you are welcome.
Jacob from Delhi, India on June 08, 2010:
Thanks for the helpful hub.
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on June 06, 2010:
Thanks Nancy appreciate it.
Nancy's Niche on June 06, 2010:
Very informative article Grant, thanks for sharing the info.
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on May 26, 2010:
yes definitely trimar7.
Thanks for reading my hub.
trimar7 from New York on May 26, 2010:
Just in time for the warm weather - thank you!
Grant Handford (author) from Canada on May 22, 2010:
Thank you lotuslove19.
I think that there is no excuse for flabby arms even in women. I hope I can help some get the toned arms they want.
Sarika Mehra on May 22, 2010:
well written ,would help most of those who have those flabs on their arms.