Recently, I was asked by a client to write a newsletter article about the best way to get rid of the unwanted “underarm flab”. After doing a quick search on Google,
I realized how much false information were out there, from workouts with very minimal impact to well, unnecessary surgical procedures. Of course, after seeing those search results, I couldn’t resist writing this article. Before we make a very drastic decision, why not try it my way first? 🙂
First things first: When my clients complain about “underarm flab,” they are talking about the fat on the back of the arm, or the triceps. Now, in order to “tone” this area (and lose the “flab”), one needs to start by losing fat in general, so a basic carb cycling diet would be in order.
As for training via direct impact, there are three things one needs to do:
1. Train the triceps at its strongest point: the mid range phase. Bench Dips, Close
Grip Bench Presses, or Push Ups come to mind.
2. Then work the stretched position of the muscle via Extensions.
3. Lastly, do not forget the contracted phase, which can be targeted by doing basic
Triceps Press Downs.
Assuming a proper diet is also in place, one should see results within 4-6 weeks.
Now, it’s important to remember that spot fat reduction is not really possible. But if your triceps and thighs are holding body fat, it’s a good sign your estrogen levels are very high. Increase your exercise volume along with the consumption of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli has shown to have some estrogen lowering qualities and it is in season now), and this should speed up the process of removing the unwanted fat in the area.
Until next time,