Shaping Your Arms
By Karen Sessions



Shaping Your Arms Many women struggle with flabby arms, commonly called batwings. This is simply an accumulation of body fat and lack of muscle development. You can have nice shapely arms by incorporating 3 essentials:

1. Quality nutrition
2. Resistance training
3. Cardiovascular work

Quality Nutrition for Shaping Your Arms

In order to lose the excess body fat you have to eat right. This involves cutting out the obvious junk food and including more whole and natural foods. Eating a small balanced meal every three hours works well at stabilizing your blood sugar and curtailing cravings. I know the carb-craze is still in high gear, but there is a lack of quality carbohydrate information available. You can eat carbohydrates and lose weight. I have a ton of e-clients that are living proof. A balanced meal contains a protein, carbohydrate, and fat.

Resistance Training for Shaping Your Arms

Resistance training builds muscle, creates curves, and shapes the arms. Weight training will not create huge bulky arms, which is commonly feared among women. The more muscle you add to your arms the leaner they will appear, as muscle takes up less space than fat does.

To work the back of your arms (triceps) try the following:

Overhead Extensions - Stand up or sit in a chair and hold a barbell or dumbbell over your head. Keeping your elbows close to your head, use a slow and controlled manner to lower the weight behind your head. Once you have lowered the weight as far as you can, bring it back to the starting position, contracting the triceps at the top of the exercise, then repeat the movement.

Lying Triceps Extensions - On a flat bench, lie on your back and hold a barbell extended out in front of you. Keeping your elbows close to your head, use a slow and controlled manner to lower the weight right past your forehead. Once you have lowered the weight as far as you can, bring it back to the starting position, contracting the triceps at the top of the exercise, then repeat the movement.

Bench Dips - Place your palms on the bench or chair behind you. Extend your feet out in front of you with your toes up and knees bent. Keeping your elbows stationary and close to your body, use a slow and controlled manner to lower your body down as far as possible. As you go through the movement keep your body close to the chair or bench. Once you have lowered yourself as far as you can, push yourself up and back to the starting position, contracting the triceps at the top of the exercise, then repeat the movement.

To work your front of your arms (biceps) try the following:

Barbell Curls - Hold a barbell in front of you with your palms facing upward. In a slow and controlled fashion curl the bar up toward your chest area, squeeze your biceps and release. Repeat the movement.

Alternate Dumbbell Curls - Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing your body. In a controlled manner, curl each dumbbell up individually and rotate the wrist so your palm is facing your shoulder when the curl is in the contracted position. Slowly release and repeat.

Cardiovascular Work for Shaping Your Arms

Cardio is the back up method for losing body fat. Use cardio to burn extra calories and stored body fat, but don't use it as the sole element in losing weight. Keep a balance of nutrition and cardio in your program to keep the body off guard and constantly responding.

Begin cardio with 3 to 4 days a week for twenty minutes and slowly progress days and minutes each week. Doing so in this manner will prevent too much muscle loss and burnout. You want to make small changes each week to keep the body responding. Dramatic changes can cause the body to REACT.


About The Author

Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988 and is a certified personal fitness instructor and specialist in performance nutrition. She is a nationally qualified natural female bodybuilder, holding numerous titles in the southern states including two overalls.

Karen has written six e-books on fitness. She also writes articles for several fitness websites, and distributes two monthly newsletters regarding weight loss and female bodybuilding.

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