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  • Triceps, Bingo Wings and Flabby Upper Arms in General.

    I wasn't sure whether to put this in fitness or nutrition so I put it in here. Apologies if it is in the wrong place.

    OK so I know fat loss needs to be gradual (and it is happening), I also know that saggy skin is a fact of life once it is there and finally I know that spot reduction of specific fat does not happen.

    BUT, I am performing in a cabaret in 5.5 wks and then going on holiday for two weeks immediately after that. I am 38, a mother, with two small children and put on a fair bit of weight and lost a lot of muscle tone due to illness (hypermobility syndrome aka EDS type over the last few years). I have reversed that with primal, dance, yoga and now strength training (early days of strength training) - the fat is coming off (gradually) and the muscle is coming back. All good. But I hate my upper arms and need to be able to feel confident and sexy in a strappy dress for this cabaret and then confident enough to not have to cover my arms up if it's hot when we're on holiday.

    So what can I do to visibly improve the appearance (hey and a bit of strength would be nice too!) of my bingo wings area in 5 weeks? I am already working on press-ups, astanga yoga, chin-ups and my dancing is good for arm strength too, and I can see and feel the difference in my biceps which is great :-) But it's not making any difference that I can see to the bingo wings.

    Even though I can't avoid saggy skin and I can't spot reduce the fat, I am assuming that I could improve their appearance somewhat by building the right muscles. I presume it's the triceps I need to be tackling? Has anyone had any good results by strength training for this area? If so, what would you recommend? I'd prefer to do body weight exercises or ones that use stuff that I have around the house as I don't really want to have to pay for weights at the moment. Getting to a gym is not practical at the moment.

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    If you aren't already quite strong, efforts to induce hypertrophy (gain muscle mass) will be really tough.

    In the timescale you're talking about, surgery is the only real option that will have a major impact.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But you said it yourself, and I'll repeat it: You can't spot-reduce fat.
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    • #3
      Sob!!!

      So how come my biceps are improving so fast? I can see as well as feel a big difference in just a few weeks. Are biceps just much easier to tone or something?

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      • #4
        You just have to go out there and own it. If you feel fabulous you will look fabulous. No one is there to pick your arms apart. They are there to watch a dance. I know easier said than done, I've had arm issues since I looked down in church in 8th grade and realized arm fat was showing. Don't waste time on the look of your arms, spend time enjoying that you are out there dancing and having fun. Something you couldn't do before.

        If it will make you feel better, do some push-ups and tricep dips. If you can safely do it, lower your carbs to 40-60 grams..it might burn a little extra fat while you tone. Don't make yourself miserable.

        Have fun!
        Primal since 4/7/2012

        Starting weight 140
        Current weigh 126

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        Jennifer

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        • #5
          Hahahaha! Sorry, I completely sympathize with you but I've never heard "Bingo Wings" before, I know them as "Bat Wings".
          You are an animal on this planet and the rules of engagement are non negotiable.

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          • #6
            I think chin-ups will work your biceps more than the backs of your arms which is probably why you see more change there. Since I have been doing bench and overhead presses, I have seen improvement in the flabbiness of my upper arms. It took more than 5 weeks for me to see improvement, though.
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            • #7
              Maybe Bingo Wings is a British term?

              I'm singing in the concert. The dancing is just for fun. Believe me noone wants to pay to watch me dance yet! Unless they are up for a laugh. But yes I take your point!

              I wonder if bench presses would work with my 3 year old as a weight?

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              • #8
                I agree that you probably don't have enough time to make a difference for the cabaret. But tricep dips are a good way to start working on your Bingo Wings. This video demonstrates proper form.

                Tricep Dips - YouTube
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                • #9
                  I second the tricep dips suggestion - push-ups, too. I play racquet sports - that's good for arm definition too

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                  • #10
                    Thanks - will give those ago. Might do some before and after pics so I can tell if there's a visible difference by the cabaret!

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                    • #11
                      Yes, your 3 year old is great for bench press and leg presses. She'll love it!
                      Primal since 4/7/2012

                      Starting weight 140
                      Current weigh 126

                      www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

                      Jennifer

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                      • #12
                        I started losing weight in June of last year and have lost 55 pounds by this point. I have about 14 pounds to go. At my highest I was about 15 pounds heavier. And I have always had heavier-than-average upper arms, even when I was younger and not much overweight. Although the saggage on my wing flaps has gradually improved, it was only now that I could honestly say when looking at a photo of me in a bathing suit from behind with my arms down that my upper arms had stopped looking deflated.

                        I doubt they will ever reach the point where there is no loose skin at all, but when I reach my goal (and give it some more time for natural shrinkage) I may decide I am satisfied.

                        Of course, I don't have EDS, so my results are probably better than what you might expect.

                        I think it's going to take years before you see maximum improvement. And surgery is not an option at this point. It takes months of awkward bandaging and limited mobility to recover from surgery, and many months more for the scars to fade.

                        Long sleeves. It's the best option.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, it will take some time. I like those see-thru nylon chiffon tops in the meantime. Very sexy!

                          Do pushups! Once you get strong enough, get your 3 year old to sit on your back. Safer than trying to "benchpress" a child.
                          That way you will strengthen your core, back, shoulders, pecs AND triceps.

                          Triceps are a smaller muscle, so they take a bit longer to see results. We use our biceps all the time (for eating!)

                          Remember to give yourself recovery time. Muscles grow when resting after being worked. So take a couple of days off between lift days. You need a bit more recovery time at age 38, than a 20 year old does.
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                          • #14
                            Just so y'all don't think I'm a crazy parent bench pressing my children. I used to do it laying on the carpeted floor, with a pillow where my kid might fall. Which, neither ever did, I quit doing it once it got to where I couldn't do it with confidence. It was really more about letting the kids "fly" than for my exercise. She just mentioned having a three year old, so I figure 2 birds.
                            Primal since 4/7/2012

                            Starting weight 140
                            Current weigh 126

                            www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

                            Jennifer

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                            • #15
                              I did try it with my three year old earlier. She's quite petite and she obligingly curled up in a ball to make it less wobbly. She thought it was hilarious. And yes we were doing it on a carpeted floor and with her being quite light and curled up there really was no danger of my dropping her. So I think I can carry on with that.

                              I do lots of planks and am working hard on my push ups - but they feel like they are working my biceps, not my triceps. I might try to do more side planks.

                              I wouldn't consider surgery - it's not my kind of thing, I don't think I could justify it even if I could afford it (I can't), and I am absolutely not keen on general anaesthetics - consider surgery a last resort even for important stuff. And surgery never tends to work well on EDSsers anyway. So if I can't conquer these bingo wings with diet, exercise and patience then I'm stuck with them. Might as well give it a try though!

                              Thanks for all the suggestions!

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