As those with stubborn extra fat around their tummies, thighs or bottoms already know, it's not possible to lose weight from just one spot on the body. However, it is possible to tone up those areas and make the most of what you have. And one especially tricky area for both women and men is that bit of fat that peeks out from under the armpit. The best way to tone up this area is to tone up the muscles near the shoulder joint, including the pectorals in the chest, the deltoids in the back, the triceps and other arm muscles. Several weightlifting exercises will blast these areas and leave you toned.
Things You'll Need
- Two medium (5- to 10-pound) weights
- Exercise ball
- Comfortable exercise clothing
Use your exercise ball and weights to perform pectoral flyes. Hold your weights and sit on your exercise ball. Walk your feet out until you are lying with the ball under the middle of your back, knees bent and feet on the floor for balance. Straighten your arms and lift your weights straight over your chest, arms together. Without bending your elbows, open your arms until the weights are level with your chest. Return to the starting position. Repeat for three sets of 20. This exercise works the pectoral muscles in your chest.
Bend your knees and squat while holding your weights in front of you to prepare for a dumbbell back fly. Keep your elbows straight and open your arms, keeping your hands around the height of your hips. Stick out your chest and don't lift your shoulders -- focus on squeezing the muscles in your upper back. Aim for three sets of 20.
Bend your knees slightly and bend over at the waist to perform triceps kickbacks. Hold your weights at your chest, elbows bent. Extend your arms and lift the weights until they're level with your back. Return to start. Aim for three sets of 20. This exercise works your triceps muscles.
Stand up, feet hip-width apart with a weight in each hand at your sides, to perform hammer curls. With your palms facing inward, bend your elbow to lift the weight in your right hand. Lower your right hand as you lift your left hand. Continue alternating hands as quickly as you can while maintaining good form, for one minute. Keep your body stationary and try only to move your arms. This exercise works your biceps.
Tips & Warnings
- Choose weights that are light enough that you can do three sets of 20 repetitions of each exercise, but heavy enough that those repetitions are challenging.
- Incorporate at least 150 minutes a week of cardio, such as swimming, running, biking or elliptical exercise, to help burn fat throughout your body, including your armpits.
- Always consult your physician before beginning an exercise regimen.
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