Are flabby arms becoming the bane of your existence, tempting you to buy sweaters in the middle of summer? While bat wings happen to the best of us, they’re a total buzzkill – especially during a season where sleeves are practically banned. Wouldn’t it feel ah-mazing to show off your arms with confidence without worrying they’re going to slap someone in the face? (Swoon.)
Well, you’re in luck. Here are 7 moves to help you banish flabby arms and enjoy spaghetti straps again:
1. Triangle Push-ups
Triangle push-ups are the ultimate way to kick your triceps into high gear and ditch those flabby arms: You’re essentially doing a standard push-up, only your hands are close together so your thumbs and index fingers form a triangle shape on the floor. As you lower to the floor, bend your elbows along your sides. If you suck at push-ups (you know, like me), do them on your knees until you’re strong enough to do them the “grown-up” way. Work your way up to finishing three sets of 10 reps.
2. Tricep Dips
Sit in a chair and walk your feet forward, placing your palms on the edge of the seat (fingers forward), until your rear is hovering above the floor. Bend your elbows and lower your hips toward the floor. Once your upper arms are almost parallel to the floor, push yourself back up to the starting point. Shoot for three sets of 10 reps.
3. The Windmill
Raise both arms in front of you until they’re parallel to the ground. Swing them up and behind you in a circular motion (like windmill blades). Repeat this motion 20 times backwards, then 20 times forward.
4. Arm Stretches
Raise both hands above your head, interlocking your hands together by gripping your right wrist with your left hand and your left wrist with your right hand. With your right hand, pull your left hand toward your right until your left elbow is behind your head. Release and take your arms back to center, keeping your hands locked. Repeat on the other side. Do two sets of 20 reps on each side.
5. Arm Circles
Stand with your feet should-width apart and lift your arms straight out to your sides at shoulder height. Palms facing down, move your arms in a small circular pattern, as if you’re drawing circles with your fingertips. Stop after one minute to rest your arms then repeat, only this time draw circles in the opposite direction.
6. Half Balancing Table
Start in Table Pose, making sure your wrists are underneath your shoulders and your knees are underneath your hips. Keeping your shoulders strong, extend your right leg behind you until it’s in line with your spine. Hold for 10 seconds then move back into Table Pose. Repeat on the other side. Shoot for 10 reps on each side.
If you want to throw some cardio into your flabby arms workout, burpees do the trick and then some. Starting in a standing position, squat down and place your hands palm down on the floor just outside your feet. Keep your hands in place and quickly hop your feet back and go into a push-up position. Hop your feet back under your body and jump back up to a standing position as quickly as you can. Repeat this pattern for 20 reps… or, until your arms feel like limp noodles, whichever comes first.
Do you have any favorite go-to moves to combat flabby arms?
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