Flabby Arms– My First Workout

Finally an exercise video that excites  a couch potato like  me. LA based trainer Jackie Warner has a workout DVD ( One-On One Training with Jackie) that includes a 2o minute upper body workout. After watching it curled up in a chair, I actually got up, grabbed  my 3 pound handweights and joined in.   It starts with a short  but targeted warm-up rather than a looong  warm-ups seen in other exercise programs.   The Warner warm-up  focused on the upper body, stretching  and activating the arms and shoulders.

Warner clearly explains which exercise does what.  The movements are straight forward and even I could follow along.    Rather than the traditional 3 sets of 10 reps,  Warner does each exercise for about a minute — about a total of 45-60 reps.  Its the same number as … Continue Reading…

Flabby Arms- the search for real answers

Give me a new moisturizer and with five minutes I can decode the ingredients and studies to determine if this  product has the mojo to deliver  promised results.  But when it comes to fitness, I’m still drilling down to  find the same  kind of cause and effect info that will help me choose the right exercises to firm up my arms.

For example, most  articles and books dismiss the fear of bulging muscles, implying that  women  just don’t have  the male hormones to bulk up.  But flipping through books and videos, I can see women  in workout clothes that certainly look chunky and muscle- bound.  Turns out that push-ups which are recommended  by so many trainers, builds up the deltoid muscles ( top of the arms) and … Continue Reading…

Flabby Upper Arms– Starting Point

So here are my  baseline photos.  I’ve done a lot of before photos, but these are definately the worst.  In the top photo I’m wearring  my favorite red dress and with my arms flat on my sides, I look  pretty good.  No bulges or sags.  However  I tend to move my arms to pick up a glass, wave a cab or tie on a scarf and then you can see  where  attention needs to be paid.   In the second picture you can see the wrinkly bits under the arms and the  skin hangs lose where the triceps are invisable.  In the third photo  I am actually trying  to flex my biceps on top and you can see there are no biceps.  The best I can say is that there is much room for improvement.

There … Continue Reading…