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I'm doing cardio (mix of 30 day shred levels 2 & 3 and zumba) but I really want to tighten up my upper arm flab...i hate it! i've been adding weights to the zumba workout instead of those shakey things to sort of help along the way but I'd like to know what other things i can do to help.  i know results arent going to be over night but i'm really dedicated to getting the arms i've always wanted!! also, if i do these workouts with the weights almost ever day....how often should i take a rest day to give muscles time to recover? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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When you are training for strength or building muscle it is best to give them 24 hours to recover.  Its hard to beat the good old pushup to start getting some arm tone... 

adriana, yes i was gonna tell you the same thing push ups and dips are great for your arms and when your lifting weights in my experience (for women) using lighter weights with more reps works best for sculpting you don't wana go with the big heavy weights they tend to bulk you up.  also one of my fav tools is the excersize bands i swear by them.  good luck!

 

P90x shoulders & arms, and chest & back routines did a lot for my upper body tone.  You could throw each of them into the mix for one day a week, and continue with the cardio on the other days.

thanks all, i will do the push ups and arm dips to start with! with rest days!

p90x argh i wish i had the money to try that at the moment but that's a no go right now

Original Post by jdia055332325:

adriana, yes i was gonna tell you the same thing push ups and dips are great for your arms and when your lifting weights in my experience (for women) using lighter weights with more reps works best for sculpting you don't wana go with the big heavy weights they tend to bulk you up.  also one of my fav tools is the excersize bands i swear by them.  good luck!

 

FTW

Original Post by adriana530:

I really want to tighten up my upper arm flab.

The flab is body fat. Since it isn't possible to target fat loss, nor is it possible to convert fat into muscle, i would follow the usual fat loss advice of: do vigorous cardio often, and do full-body strength training 2-3 times a week.   New Rules of Lifting for Women is a better strength program than Shred.

Original Post by michaelduff:

Original Post by jdia055332325:

adriana, yes i was gonna tell you the same thing push ups and dips are great for your arms and when your lifting weights in my experience (for women) using lighter weights with more reps works best for sculpting you don't wana go with the big heavy weights they tend to bulk you up.  also one of my fav tools is the excersize bands i swear by them.  good luck!

 

FTW

LMAO!!

I love people who know what they are talking about! 

Do Kegels. Wait, you said your upper arms didn't you....uhhh

Original Post by jdia055332325:

adriana, yes i was gonna tell you the same thing push ups and dips are great for your arms and when your lifting weights in my experience (for women) using lighter weights with more reps works best for sculpting you don't wana go with the big heavy weights they tend to bulk you up.  also one of my fav tools is the excersize bands i swear by them.  good luck!

 

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Original Post by cherimoose:

Original Post by adriana530:

I really want to tighten up my upper arm flab.

The flab is body fat. Since it isn't possible to target fat loss, nor is it possible to convert fat into muscle, i would follow the usual fat loss advice of: do vigorous cardio often, and do full-body strength training 2-3 times a week.   New Rules of Lifting for Women is a better strength program than Shred.


i'm going to check this out right now, thanks for the advice! i upped the cardio today. i knew it'd take more sweating to get smaller arms (getting rid of the fat), hate that you can't spot reduce but eh-what can you do but push through it all. the worse that can happen is i'll get a smaller everything! ha ha thanks again! 

I feel some snark coming on, and that really isn't going to be of any help to jdia in clearing up her understanding of exercise physiology.

 I prefer the very simple program of a Starting Strength, but as Dbacker and others remind me, simple can be boring and New Rules of lifting is more fun due to variation. There's a non-exhaustive List of weight training programs which will give you a few more options, look them over and see if there's anything that appeals to you.

 If you have any specific fitness or performance goals I'm sure we can pick out some more goal-appropriate options.

i'm working on shedding 26 pounds i gained plus an additional 20 so 46 total....it sounds a lot but i'm at 167 right now and i'm quite short at 5'2 soooo i look pretty round at the moment with no shape. i'm looking to not just get leaner stronger arms but also working getting rid of fat around the abdomen after two kids i'm going to need all the ab workouts i can get in to get it looking somewhat decent.

Spot reduction doesn't work.  To lose weight, you need to eat less than you burn.  To improve body definition, you need to get fit.  Find something you like and get to it.

My Zumba instructor just incorporated a new arm routine of circles forward and back. Upp and down. Back extenders to the Pprince song. When Doves Cry. It makes my arms cry You might ask your instructor. Weight lifting has helped took. Good luck.
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