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August 31, 2012 9:40 AM
Anyone have any suggestions for how to tone up that flabby skin that hangs from your upper arm? I've lost quite a bit of weight already on a different program but they didn't emphasize exercise much and I failed to remember that I'm 5 years older than the last time I dropped this much weight... the old skin isn't bouncing back as quickly as it used to (I'm only 30 but those 5 years made a BIG difference).

I can't afford a gym membership right now so exercises that utilize normal household items, hand weights or Wii Fit Plus would be most appreciated! Thanks for your help!
August 31, 2012 9:44 AM
If you do a search in the posts and type in "bat wing exercises", you'll find quite a few posts on the subject :)
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August 31, 2012 9:44 AM
Unfortunately, there's no way to "spot reduce" fat from a certain body part. You're just going to have to stick with your diet and exercise to further lower your body fat percentage, and you should see those "bat wings" slowly diminishing.
August 31, 2012 9:45 AM
Try some tricep dips on your stairs or a chair! Try them with both wide and narrow arms. When you work one are of muscle you must work its compliment; so therefore do some bicep curls and hammer curls along with your tricep work. Any kind of exercise that works your lats will also be helpful in that all those muscles are tied together. You can buy some cheap weights at Walmart or Target or even use those flexible workout bands. It will all be a good start to sculpting those arms ;-)
August 31, 2012 9:45 AM
I really like Jillian Michael's "No more trouble zones" for that kinda of thing...
I am not quite where you are yet but I know it really worked that part of my body!
August 31, 2012 9:46 AM
I'm 35 and have lost 41 lbs, and I am having the EXACT same issue, melsmith612! I was just staring at my bat wings in the mirror before I logged on and read your post. I even photographed them, thinking to work on my arms to hopefully improve them, and later compare the photos. I have been doing simple arm exercises with 5 lb weights, but I don't think that's enough for me.... any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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August 31, 2012 9:46 AM
Take up archery!
If you find a coach that teaches proper archery form, you'll find that you'll lose the batwings. The coach will also teach you how to use a stretch band to practice for archery and I found mine improved considerably in a couple of months.
August 31, 2012 9:47 AM
I do Ballet Body by Leah Sarago and her upper body workout is really awesome (difficult but good). I might hurl insults at my tv during the workout, but I am getting great results and i am so much stronger. All of her workouts are great- go slowly, take breaks, and stick with it :)
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August 31, 2012 9:47 AM
QUOTE:

Anyone have any suggestions for how to tone up that flabby skin that hangs from your upper arm? I've lost quite a bit of weight already on a different program but they didn't emphasize exercise much and I failed to remember that I'm 5 years older than the last time I dropped this much weight... the old skin isn't bouncing back as quickly as it used to (I'm only 30 but those 5 years made a BIG difference).

I can't afford a gym membership right now so exercises that utilize normal household items, hand weights or Wii Fit Plus would be most appreciated! Thanks for your help!


I'm in the same boat as you all the way. I was actually going to ask this question today. I hope you get the answers you're looking for!
August 31, 2012 9:48 AM
Bump for later! :)
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August 31, 2012 9:48 AM
So, the best thing you can do is continue losing body fat in general and strength train. This way, when you lose the BF covering them, you will have nice defined arms. It may take a while as they can be the more stubborn places that your fat goes from.

A couple of good exercises are - push ups (vary width of hand placement for either more tricep or more bicep) and, if you can get a pull up bar, chin and pull ups.

ETA: pull ups and chin ups are hard, especially for women, so start of with negatives - where you start at the top and lower yourself as slowly as possible.
Edited by Sarauk2sf On August 31, 2012 9:50 AM
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August 31, 2012 9:49 AM
Those muscles are called triceps. Push ups are also bench dips which you could do with a chair. If you go to your local library you can check out exercise books, like Fitness for Dummies and exercise DVDs that will be very helpful. Here's a link to a youtube video on doing bench dips. Not sure if I can link it but here goes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST4HaFhi-X4

Hope this is helpful! Remember just keep at it!
August 31, 2012 9:49 AM
Thanks for everyone's advice. I think I personally still have a LOT of body fat left to lose (41 down out of 101 leaves 60 to go), so hopefully after the other 60 lbs is gone, the arms will improve.
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August 31, 2012 10:08 AM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The "dips" sound right up my alley! I'm still doing my push ups against a wall because I don't have the upper body strength yet to lift my 200+ lbs off the floor without landing there a split second later. I'm also trying to bowl on the weekends every couple of weeks with my husband but that's only trimming the bat wing on my right side because ambidextrous I am not. ;-)

Keep the ideas coming and please no more posts asking me to search through other posts... truthfully? I find that annoying. I'm here for ME not to see what people said to someone else with a similar question.
August 31, 2012 10:22 AM
QUOTE:

I'm 35 and have lost 41 lbs, and I am having the EXACT same issue, melsmith612! I was just staring at my bat wings in the mirror before I logged on and read your post. I even photographed them, thinking to work on my arms to hopefully improve them, and later compare the photos. I have been doing simple arm exercises with 5 lb weights, but I don't think that's enough for me.... any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!


You're braver than I am, I don't want any photos of my bat wings - it's bad enough seeing them in the mirror! lol I've gone from 262 lbs to 205 lbs since February 10th of this year and the flabby skin is just eating my soul. I hope we get some good suggestions so we can both abandon our "wings" for good! :)
August 31, 2012 10:27 AM
Ignore the actual routines - but this has links that you can click through to see explanations/videos of the exercises that use dumbbells as you mentioned that you had some.

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/frankoman-dumbbell-only-split.html
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August 31, 2012 10:27 AM
It will take time but it will happen, I promise. The less fat that's in your upper arms,the more the skin will start to contract. I'm almost 10 years older than you and started at about the same weight as you. And unfortunately, a lot of the fat left is still being stored in my upper arms - thank you genetics! I'm now at 173 and although they're still not pretty, my arms have definitely reduced (wish I had the measurements handy, sorry) I even noticed how much more of my elbow shows the other day! :)
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August 31, 2012 10:34 AM
QUOTE:

Ignore the actual routines - but this has links that you can click through to see explanations/videos of the exercises that use dumbbells as you mentioned that you had some.

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/frankoman-dumbbell-only-split.html


Awesome, thank you!
August 31, 2012 10:36 AM
QUOTE:

It will take time but it will happen, I promise. The less fat that's in your upper arms,the more the skin will start to contract. I'm almost 10 years older than you and started at about the same weight as you. And unfortunately, a lot of the fat left is still being stored in my upper arms - thank you genetics! I'm now at 173 and although they're still not pretty, my arms have definitely reduced (wish I had the measurements handy, sorry) I even noticed how much more of my elbow shows the other day! :)


What's an elbow? laugh j/k

I think my main problem is that I've lost so much so quickly that my body hasn't had time to keep up (and I haven't done it any favors by avoiding regular exercise like the plague). embarassed
August 31, 2012 10:39 AM
Rapid HJ's
Edited by EyeLikeTacos On August 31, 2012 10:39 AM
August 31, 2012 10:40 AM
I liked the V pushups, did great things for my flabbies
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August 31, 2012 10:40 AM
Overhead tricedp extensions have worked for me, so have chair dips, LOOOOOVE me some kettlebells....you'll find what works for you, PROMISE!!!
August 31, 2012 10:43 AM
My trainer at the Y told me to do pushups with your hands as close together as possible. Not easy, but not horrible either. He also showed me using a dumbell, hold it with both hands above your head, elbows right at the side of your face and lower the weight down and back up.

Hope that helps. and good luck! Stupid batwings!!!
August 31, 2012 10:45 AM
Bump!!

I have the same problem and don't have the cash for a personal trainer........interested to read advice.

Thanks for posting.
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August 31, 2012 10:45 AM
QUOTE:

Anyone have any suggestions for how to tone up that flabby skin that hangs from your upper arm? I've lost quite a bit of weight already on a different program but they didn't emphasize exercise much and I failed to remember that I'm 5 years older than the last time I dropped this much weight... the old skin isn't bouncing back as quickly as it used to (I'm only 30 but those 5 years made a BIG difference).

I can't afford a gym membership right now so exercises that utilize normal household items, hand weights or Wii Fit Plus would be most appreciated! Thanks for your help!


I've lost over 60 pounds and have about 40 more to go....my best tip for getting rid of bat wings? Lift heavy weights! Lifting has changed my life and I look better now than I did when I weighed 20 pounds less.....my arms are actually much smaller than ever! There are lots of great programs out there but I am currently liking stronglifts....best of luck!
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