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April 20, 2012 5:55 AM
Ok, I can pretty much get everything on me toned, EXCEPT that stupid 'bra fat'! It's like 'under' the armpit, slightly behind the arm, and above my bra strap. Ladies, do you have any success on getting rid of that!? I hate it because I'll be lookin all good and stuff, and just yesterday, my coworker actually poked my fat, and pulled my shirt to try and cover it!! Geez!! Help!!
April 20, 2012 6:02 AM
This is no help, but I had a boss years ago who used to call that area "squirrels" in it's jiggly and looks like nesting squirrels. Such a pig! I was 252 pounds at the time so, needless to say, I had "squrriels."

I'm no expert but I would say that some shoulder/tri-cep/back strength training will help. I have a little of that still and it is a difficult area to will take time, but you will get rid of it. The worst thing is that we can't pinpoint that area very easily (not like working the abdominals, for example) so it will take a while.

Also, a properly fitting bra can reduce that area by a lot as well.

Good luck! You look GREAT!!! :)
April 20, 2012 6:02 AM
Unfortunately, I have no advice. I have the same problem, and can't get rid of it either!
April 20, 2012 6:06 AM
First off, congrats on the weight loss!

Second that co-worker was so rude! I can not believe someone would do that. Some people do not have manners grumble

Third it is really hard to get rid of that. since I have started lifting weights it has helped with that a little. I would just try focusing on the exercises that target the chest area.

Keep Calm and Carry On,
Anna flowerforyou
Edited by ArtGeek22 On April 20, 2012 6:06 AM
April 20, 2012 6:13 AM
my trainer has me doing a lot of push ups and free hand weights. My goal is to be able to do at least 1 pull-up!!!!! laugh
April 20, 2012 6:16 AM
April 20, 2012 6:23 AM

Thanks!:) Although mine's not there, its more on the back side...I'll try and post pic....
April 20, 2012 6:27 AM
If you're getting bra fat, then it's a sure sign that your bra does not fit properly.
April 20, 2012 6:55 AM
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Not sure if it's really the bra so much....idk, I could be wrong. But even in bathing suits, and it's noticable when I'm not wearing a bra too.....(I shoulda took a pic of my flex;) lol)
April 20, 2012 6:57 AM
In all honesty, it just looks like the band of the bra is fastened too tightly?
April 20, 2012 7:25 AM
I would agree with most. First, your co-worker is RUDE! Second, it looks to me like you just need a better bra fit. Good luck! smile
April 20, 2012 7:30 AM
Yep, your band is too tight and I'd say that the band and straps are too thin (I think that it would give most women bra fat!)
April 20, 2012 8:03 AM
I don't necessarily agree with the other posters that the band is too tight. I like my band tight. I also have that horrible fat but it is not better in bras with a larger band so that is largely why I disagree with the other posters. My sister told me once "isn't it sad that the last thing to go is back bra fat and pinched me". Made me super self conscious just when I was starting to feel a little confidence in my body. I am seeing some change in mine getting a little better so I think with continued working out that it will improve over time.
April 20, 2012 8:32 AM
Uggh! I hate bras!! Stupid lack of boobs! lol. I guess I should go get resized because the last lady that 'helped me' was rude, in a hurry, and did't explain anything! Even after I told her I have NO clue about bras, because I was always a tomboy, and didn't care, but now I need to be fitted and make sure I'm in the right size. Well needless to say, at the end of it, I was in the dressing room in tears, the same way every bra shopping experience happens:(
But I'll get a new bra, and continue to work out, and do my weights and such:)
May 19, 2012 4:39 PM
Spot reduction is always tough but as a personal trainer what has worked for many of my clients are pullovers and bent over rows. To perform the pullover exercise you lie down on your back, bend your knees and take one somewhat heavy dumbbell (15-20lbs) with two hands - engage abs and the weight is lowered down over your head then pulled back up to shoulder level.

The bent over rows must be perform correctly in order to target lats. First roll shoulder away from ears, pick up either a barbell or two dumbbells which are moderate weight and with the knees slightly bent pull the weight towards your waist line making sure you feel tightness between the shoulder blades. You are hinged at the hip with a nice straight back. Rounding the back can cause injury and will be ineffective for this exercise.

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May 19, 2012 4:48 PM
I have that too, alot of it, only mine isn't fat it's muscle. Of course I don't walk around flexing my lats all day so no one can see it's actually muscle, but because I know it is, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
I've had to work to build it in to muscle though and although years of swimming training have possibly helped with the shape, I've done push-ups, pull-ups (assisted), lat pulldowns, rows and chin ups to build it up. I can now do 45 push-ups (full, no knees) in under a minute, and can do 1 full chin up (unassisted) and working towards pull-ups. If you keep going and doing the exercises everyone has suggested, you could just build it into muscle.
May 20, 2012 6:38 AM
Bra fat doesn't have anything to do with a bra. It's back fat and it will be there when a woman wears or don't wear a bra. I don't know what kind of workouts you are doing, but maybe you want to incorporate workouts that targets the back as well.
May 20, 2012 8:43 PM
I dont know why I am responding to this lol

Keep in mind you are also made of skin.. Any sort of strap can cause this to some degree but it is by no means a turn off.

Now if you have a lot of flab hanging then that is weight and or muscle related.
May 20, 2012 8:54 PM
Haha, I have that too!
May 20, 2012 9:49 PM

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Girl, you look great! I know it's easy for me to say, but there's nothing you should worry about. It honestly does just look like your straps may be a little too tight, it doesn't look like there's flab.

I'd probably incorporate some resistance training working your back muscles (like a seated row) if you are really concerned.
May 20, 2012 10:04 PM
Yes, the band on your bra is too narrow, bad fit.

But I have that too, and I hate it! I've been using the lat pull down machine, and the one on the other side of the same machine, where you sit on a bench with foot rests in front of you and and pull the handles toward your waist (sorry, I don't speak "gym-tech")...they target that whole area.
May 21, 2012 3:06 AM
I work in a lingerie department. Off glance, the backstrap is too high.This suggests that your shoulder straps are more tight than necessary, and that the clasp on the back needs to be looser. Or you could be a band size larger than that employee fit you for. Regardless, that's all it seems to be. Could be the brand as well.
May 21, 2012 3:11 AM
Your bra is not the right size. A wider band will help as well.
May 21, 2012 3:33 AM

I work in a lingerie department. Off glance, the backstrap is too high.This suggests that your shoulder straps are more tight than necessary, and that the clasp on the back needs to be looser. Or you could be a band size larger than that employee fit you for. Regardless, that's all it seems to be. Could be the brand as well.

While I'm sure there are ways to reduce the bulge through exercise (some great examples on here), I do think it looks as if your bra is too tight.

I agree with this comment above. I used to be a fashion buyer working in lingerie and it's really important that you let the band around your chest act as the main support, rather than the straps. If the band is the right fit and the cups are the right size, then the shoulder straps should only be there as an extra bit of support (think of the way a strapless bra works without straps).

The band should be snug, but not tight, and certainly not leave any marks when you take it off. A wider band around the chest really helps support (I go for lacy ones so they don't look frumpy!) and you should always pick a band that is comfortable on the biggest setting (the set of hooks at the end of the band).

Most important rule when it comes to bra fitting is that while you should let the tape measure give you a rough idea of your size, trying on bras of different sizes is the only way to get a good fit. The tape measure won't show, for example, if you have a narrow back, wide shoulders etc. Different brands also have different fits. I am anything from a 34D to a 36C to a 38C depending on which brand and style I buy.

Don't be afraid to pick up lots of different sizes and styles in a shop and try them all on till you find your perfect match.

My perfect match is a Marks and Spencer 38C balconette style as it gives me a great shape, a fantastic cleavage, doesn't dig in to create rolls of fat at the side and is really comfortable. And now that I know that, they are the only ones I buy (in every colour, fabric and type of lace, of course!).
May 21, 2012 3:36 AM
I call them back-hamsters! Yeah I'd agree with the other posters that you're not carrying much fat at all, you just need a better fit. Getting properly fitted at a department store completely changed the way I look and hold myself! I lot of stuff I thought was escaping fat was actually boobage that I could scoop into the right size and shape of bra!


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