Many people start up exercise workouts every day that are targeted at getting rid of that ‘under arm jiggle’. For you, the problem may not be underarm jiggle, but rather that you just don't have the muscle definition and tone that you would like with your arms.
Regardless of what your particular situation is, many mistakes are made when this it he exercise goal. Most people will end up going into the gym and start performing bicep curls, thinking that this will help give them shapely arm muscles that they can show off in sleeveless shirts. While bicep curls are definitely beneficial as part of an exercise program, they aren't necessarily the best way to go about doing things.
Here are three big factors you need to keep in mind.
1. Your Overall Body Fat Percentage
The first thing you must think about is what you're overall body fat percentage is. If you are at a high level, it's not going to matter how large your muscles are, you will simply not see the results you're looking for.
Muscle definition is a level of body fat levels, therefore step one is getting on a good weight loss program to help get rid of this excess fat. That should be your number one exercise priority if this is a factor for you.
If you are already within a good body fat range, then it could be a lack of muscle development that you need to focus on instead.
2. Targeted Weight Training Exercises
Next up is the need to focus on the correct weight training exercises that will deliver you the best results.
As mentioned, bicep curls seem to be the primary choice here - which isn't so great. Truth be told, if you actually look at the volume of muscle mass in the arms, the greatest portion of muscle comes from the triceps, therefore it's actually these that you should be working on the most.
Plus, the triceps are usually where that under arm jiggle originates, thus it's a good place to start.
The biceps will help to form that ‘peak’ in the arm, which is very attractive as well, but generally speaking, the biceps don't need to be trained to nearly the extent they often are.
You would be better off focusing more of your training on exercises such as tricep kickbacks, overhead extensions, rope pull-downs, and triangle push-ups (which target the triceps more).
Also keep in mind that the bench press will also hit the triceps, as will the shoulder press so these should definitely be included as well.
3. Cardio Selection
As part of the weight loss program to bring down your body fat percentage, there's a good chance you'll be including some cardio training.
It's going to be a good idea to try and perform cardio that also works the arms as well, over cardio that is strictly targeting the legs.
So, for example, rather than using the treadmill, use the elliptical. Or, rather than biking, consider rowing. Skipping and swimming are also good exercises that will work the arms as well. Whatever you do choose, be sure you using proper form also, as many people will ‘cheat’ with the workout - particularly when using the elliptical.
So, if your exercise goals include improving the way your arms look, keep these three points in mind.
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Shannon Clark is a certified personal trainer, fitness writer, and co-author. She specializes in helping those looking to make dramatic changes in their body reach their goals. View more information here .