Fight Flabby Arms With These Exercises

As a child, I never understood why my mother would refuse to wear sleeveless shirts. When we went to the lake or the beach, or even just on a hot summer day, she would stick to her t-shirts or blouses with sleeves that came to at least mid bicep. Even when she would try and explain her embarrassment over her flabby arms, I never understood. Fast forward 20 years, and I fully understand her hesitation.

Even though millions of us suffer with flabby arms, they are still annoying and embarrassing. Somewhere along the way, our arms go from tight and toned to saggy and flabby. Though some of this has to do with age and gravity, some of it stems from a lack of attention to the area. If you want to fight your flab and get toned arms for good, check out these exercises that work your arm muscles and give your arms a sculpted look.

Hammer Curls

This simple little move is going to give your arms a nice makeover. It works the bicep, shoulder, and forearm all in one. To do this exercise, you’ll need a set of handheld weights. Hold a dumbbell in each hand. Turn your hands so that your palm is facing in. If you held both hands up, the 2 palms would be facing each other.

Now, bend your arm at the elbow, bringing the weight to your shoulder. Then, slowly lower your arms until your elbows are softly straight, and then slowly bring them up again. If you have any question about how to perform this move, a quick internet search will give you an example.

Tricep Dips

This is great for many, many people since one of the biggest problem areas is the backs of the arms. To work this, learn the art of the tricep dip. You can do this move 2 ways. One way is to use your dumbbells. Raise them above your head, and then slowly lower your hands behind your head. Your arms will bend at the elbows, and then you’ll raise the weights again straightening the arm. The second way is to use a chair. Sit on the chair, and then scoot your rear all the way forward. Place your hands on each side of your body, and then keep scooting forward until your arms are holding up your weight, but your body is still in the “sitting” position. Now, dip your rear toward the ground, and using your arms, lift back up again. Another internet search will give you a great example and some great modifying options.


This is an old classic, but it still works like a charm. A basic push-up requires you to work the arms, chest, back, legs, and abdominal muscles. It is an excellent all in one workout. Since most already know how to perform a push-up, take a look at these tips for getting the most of your move. Make sure to keep the rear down and the back flat. Bend your elbows to take you as close to the ground as possible. It can also help to spread the fingers which gives you a stronger and more balanced base.

Getting rid of flabby arms is possible. It just takes some specific dedication to the muscles in this region. WIth some hard work and perseverance, you can tone your arms and enjoy sleeveless shirts throughout the hot summer months.

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