Published On: Mon, Aug 1st, 2011

Eight steps to firm up upper arms and also get rid of the Flab…

By: Oleda Baker

Flabby upper arms are an issue for many women; generally this is caused by extra fat and loose skin. It’s not too easy to get rid of; but it can be done.

Being overweight in general can contribute greatly to flabby arms. So, if you’re flabby elsewhere, your arms could likely be the same way. Therefore, you will need to diet every day, regularly taking in fewer calories than you burn.  This will help, but not right away.  First you will lose weight elsewhere, even perhaps where you don’t want to, before you see much effect on your arms. Whether you’re overweight of not, exercising the triceps a minimum of three times a week should be your main effort in getting rid of flabby arms.  Follow the following procedure:

  1. Sit in a chair, toward the front. Your feet should be flat on the floor, spaced apart so that they are even with your shoulders.
  2. Hold a weight in your left hand, a small, five-pound one will do (it’s not the weight, but the repetitions that count), and raise your left arm all the way up, so that it’s pointing toward the ceiling, palm facing in. Support your left arm by holding it just below the elbow with your right hand.
  3. Slowly bend your left arm so that the weight in your left hand now rests behind your left shoulder. Take 3 seconds to straighten your left arm so that it’s pointing toward the ceiling again. Hold the position for 1 second.
  4. Take 3 seconds to lower the weight back to your shoulder by bending your elbow. Keep supporting your left arm with your right hand throughout the exercise.
  5. Pause, and then repeat the bending and straightening until you have done the exercise 8 to 15 times with your left arm.
  6. Reverse positions and repeat 8 to 15 times with your right arm.
  7. Rest; then repeat another set of 8 to 15 repetitions on each side.
  8. Do three sets in a session.

The number of repetitions depends on your strength level.  Start slowly at 8, and then build to 15 according to your increased comfort level. You’ll be surprised at how quickly that happens. If you can then go to 20, all the better; the idea is to fatigue the triceps. It may take awhile, but, depending on just how flabby your arms are, you should begin to see some results in about four weeks.

Note:  Women, who have been extremely overweight and who have lost an extreme amount of pounds, might suffer from extreme flabbiness under their upper arms as a result of this weight loss.  In such cases exercising the triceps in this fashion will not work.

These women could consider investigating alternative methods.                                                                                                                              
1) Thermage, a radio frequency, HIFU skin tightening procedure recently approved by the FDA only for eyelids and stomach. It is being tested now for flabby arms and excess skin but not yet approved by the FDA.
2) The new technology for surgery for the procedure to relieve drooping arms. You can look into Body Sculpting in San Antonio, TX or Liposuction in Edinburg, TX to see what works for your flabby arms.

Until next time,

Love, Oleda

Oleda Baker, now 76, began her career as a high fashion model with the prestigious Wilhelmina Model Agency, in New York City. She is the author of ten books on beauty, health and anti-aging and one novel Reluctant Goddess. Oleda is founder and CEO of Oleda and Company, Inc., her 38-year-old anti-aging products company for skin, hair, diet, energy, nutritional supplement products as well as special makeup. . Oleda is also a visionary artist.  Her oil paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, the latest one last year at the Museum of Florida Art, DeLand.

Oleda’s latest book, “BREAKING THE AGE BARRIER Great Looks and Health at Every Age,” is available in bookstores or can be ordered on

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