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April 19, 2011 8:00 PM
I have very flabby arms. It's ridiculous. They're probably the thing I hate MOST about being overweight. I just wish I had pretty arms... Anyways. I was wondering if using a rowing machine would be a good way to burn calories and work my arms. I don't like lifting weights because I feel like I'm wasting my time when I should be doing cardio. I know there's been studies out there that say cardio and strength together make for the best workout, but I just can't seem to convince myself.

So enough rambling. Any advice on rowing for combined calorie burn and arm workouts?
  4027097
April 19, 2011 8:09 PM
I'm sure it would be good for you. Using the handles on elliptical machines is a good start as well.

Strength training is not a waste of time, by the way. The more you build your muscles, the more calories you will burn when you are at rest.
April 19, 2011 8:09 PM
I dont know any advice or science behind it, but I use it when I go to the gym and like it. I feel like it is a whole body workout and can feel it in my arms. But I also try to do some lifting and trying to do push ups and other strength activities along with it. It has to be a good option.
  2569631
April 19, 2011 8:13 PM
If you haven't already heard, you can't spot reduce fat. To "melt" fat you must do all of the following:

Eat CLEAN

http://www.extremely-fit.com/fitness-tips/2011/01/8week-transition-diet/

Drink lots of water.

Cardio is good, but steady state cardio won't get you the fastest results. You need Metabolic Resistance Training or High Intensity Interval Training.

Read this...

http://members.rachelcosgrove.com/public/505print.cfm

Lastly,

LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS.

Get your hands on and read the book "The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women" - by Lou Schuler (check out reviews on Amazon.com) It WILL convince you.

Lift like a man, look like a goddess!

Good luck!

Edited to add that if you do ALL of these things CONSISTENTLY - you WILL have nice arms - nicer than most! Heck yeah!!!! wink
Edited by WifeMomDVM On April 19, 2011 8:15 PM
  3958804
April 19, 2011 8:19 PM
@WifeMomDVM is right, you cannot target fat areas specifically. Have you ever tried kickboxing or a boxing class? The combination of cardio and impact on the pads is great for fat burning and stress relief :)
April 19, 2011 8:27 PM
spot reducing no, but you can firm the muscle underneath.
Google arm exercises, and lift heavy :)
April 19, 2011 8:55 PM
QUOTE:

If you haven't already heard, you can't spot reduce fat. To "melt" fat you must do all of the following:

Eat CLEAN

http://www.extremely-fit.com/fitness-tips/2011/01/8week-transition-diet/

Drink lots of water.

Cardio is good, but steady state cardio won't get you the fastest results. You need Metabolic Resistance Training or High Intensity Interval Training.

Read this...

http://members.rachelcosgrove.com/public/505print.cfm

Lastly,

LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS.

Get your hands on and read the book "The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women" - by Lou Schuler (check out reviews on Amazon.com) It WILL convince you.

Lift like a man, look like a goddess!

Good luck!

Edited to add that if you do ALL of these things CONSISTENTLY - you WILL have nice arms - nicer than most! Heck yeah!!!! wink

Definitely check out "The New Rules" book. It totally changed my perspective.
  4231202
April 19, 2011 8:57 PM
I use a rowing machine a couple times a week, and I feel like it's a good combination of cardio and toning. I put it on the highest resistance level so I'm really having to work. My arms / chest / back / sides seem to be benefitting from it. I look a lot more toned now.
  4969042
April 20, 2011 7:30 AM
Thanks for the feedback! (late response) I realize spot reducing is impossible, but I know that when I use a rower I do feel it in my arms. I was just wondering if I would actually get a good all over workout from it.

I guess if I HAVE to lift weights I'll suck it up and do it... :( Lol I'll just have to keep looking at those wiggly arms and think about them not being that way.
  4027097

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