It’s well known that you can’t shed pounds from just one area on your body by doing exercises for specific body parts, but you can tone that area and make it look better. Exercise of any kind will help you lose weight, but that weight comes from every area of your body, not just the area where you’re working your muscles. That doesn’t mean that you don’t benefit from exercising specific body areas. Those types of exercises tone the areas and help create a firm, fit appearance.
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, BAT WINGS!
In case you couldn’t tell, I was singing the Bat Man song. Bat wings are the reason many women wear longer sleeves in the summer. You don’t have to put up with your arms fluttering in the wind when you work with weights doing this exercise. If you don’t have weights, especially if you’re just starting out, I’ve had clients use soup cans and even empty detergent bottles with handles. The best thing about using the detergent bottles is you can adjust the amount of weight. Start with a small amount of water in them and as you get stronger, add more. A reverse fly is one. Use an incline bench and lie on your chest with the weight in each hand. Lift your arms so they’re perpendicular to your body. Squeeze through the shoulder area and lower. Repeat 10 times for one set then do two more sets.
Tummy tucks naturally
We work on core muscle groups, which will have you looking thin and trim in no time. While total body exercises and kettlebells work well. There are other exercises you can do. You can say good-bye to a jelly belly and hello to a trim flat abdomen with this simple exercise. You’ll be doing a modified crunch with this one. Lay on your back on the mat. Lift your legs in the air straight above the hips. Lift your upper body and reach toward your feet. Slowly lower your upper body back to the floor as you lower one leg. Lift the leg and upper body and repeat. Do ten repetitions and switch the leg you lower.
Get rid of jiggly thighs.
If you’ve ever watched a ballet dancer, you’re probably familiar with a plie. It’s the move they make where they have their feet slightly wider than their shoulders, toes turned out and then they squat and rise using graceful arm movements. It’s excellent to strengthen your thighs too.
– A deltoid raise also helps with batwings. Do it by standing with feet slightly apart, raising your arms with weights in your hands to form a T and lowering your arms.
– A standing side crunch helps flatten the stomach. You’ll have your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width. Put your hands on the front of your hips and slightly bend your knees. Scrunch your body forward, slumping slightly, exhale deeply and then pull your stomach tight trying to pull your stomach toward your spine. Hold and pull your shoulders back as you inhale, thrust your chest forward and push your bottom as far back as you can go.
– We use kettlebells for a total body workout, but there are certain exercises that focus on specific body parts, while working other muscle groups too. Ask for help in the area you need extra work.
– To get the best results from exercise, combine it with a healthy diet.