Today I have a special guest for you, but first I need to preface it with: I have small arms. Born with it. So when people ask me what to do to shrink their arms, besides telling them to eat healthy and exercise (which we all know is really the general answer), I don't know what to say. So I asked my Instagram (@theturquoisepiano) friend, Lori (@fattofit41), to talk about how she slimmed down her body, specifically her arms. Now listen up. I will always say that there is not a way to lose weight in one specific area (like "lose belly fat") without losing in other areas and Lori won't say that either. However, she has some rockin' awesome arms and she's going to tell you how she got them. Ready, go.
Hi guys! This is Lori, from fattofit41! I am doing a guest post, for the lovely Kelli!
SO....with this weight loss came saggy skin. Specifically, saggy arms! In the recent months though, I have finally started to get the arms I have always dreamt of having. I honestly NEVER EVER thought I could achieve them. I have always had flabby fat arms. Just plain awful. You know the kind that keep waving even when you stopped moving! I mean even after I lost 115 pounds, my arms were still an issue. I would lift weights and try and get them to firm up. Well this did firm them some, but they still weren't lean. I did 2 rounds of P90x and one round of P90x2. I thought for sure THIS would get me those "guns". NOPE! Just made my already big arms, tighter but still big. The pics you see of me with undefined arms are from 2.5 years ago. I was working out, but not daily. I was eating healthy but not accounting for all the snacking I was doing.
Now I use myfitnesspal and track it ALL! Because man, I wanted lean, strong arms. I don't need big ole muscles. I wanted arms you see on a dancer, tight,toned and lean. So I decided I would start doing some kickboxing, after I read this, online (yes, I was desperate and hit up my old pal GOOGLE): Kickboxing engages the upper body in a variety of moves. The punch, upper cut, cross, hook and jab are all powerful moves that you throw using a combination of your deltoids, biceps and triceps. While the power of each move is driven using your entire body, the upper arms are actively engaged in each of these, making for an effective exercise to work your upper body.
I figured what do I have to lose, so I started the next day. HOLY CRAP...I really started to see results!!!!!! My arms were leaning out. And they felt nice and tight. My favorite to date, is Jill Coleman. She is awesome! Her workouts are fun and I have yet to get bored. AND...I am still sore after doing them for 2 months. I think I am just getting better with my form and pushing myself a bit more. I also got out my old Tae Bo dvd and started hanging with Billy Blanks again. Not only did this help with my arms, it REALLY tightened the core. This is something I so needed. I lost 115 pounds and had 2 babies in 18 months, ummm....talk about loose skin! So.....since I started to finally lean out the old arms, I decided it was time to get some definition. This is when I decided to call upon my old friend Jillian. She and I have a love hate relationship. I LOVE to cuss at her and hate that she makes me want to barf when she talks too much. OMG shut up please!
I am now on week 4 of Ripped in 30 and 30-day shred. The results speak for themselves. She knows what she is doing. My arms no longer continue to wave, when my arm is at rest. I now have a pretty decent bicep, a noticeable tricep AND my delts are starting to shine. I ONLY use 3-5 pounds. For me, this is what keeps me lean and tight. I'm just not one that can stand there and do specific arm moves. I want someone to yell at me, and tell me exactly what to do. This is why I chose Jillian. Oh and I want it to be quick and fun! Even though Jillian is a hard ass, I love her!!
I tried heavier weights with p90x and all it did was build upon the fat. I prefer low weights, high reps. BUT...that is just me. I also stick to eating clean. Don't get me wrong, I am not a 100% clean eater. I doubt that day will ever come! But I am eating a lot less processed foods. Just recently I stopped eating my lean cuisines and smart ones. I am not giving them up forever, they are just too convenient to do that. I just want to see what results I get by cutting them out for a bit.