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How to get rid of Bat-wing arms. Seriously.

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images-1 I try not to spend too much time obsessing about the parts of my body that I don’t like. Most of the time I’m pretty good about it. But then someone will post a picture of me on Facebook and I’ll spiral. Is that what my arms really look like?  The back of my arms, specifically, are one part of my body that always create a strong desire to untag myself from pictures. And then break the internet.

This is unfortunate since I live in LA, where, for most of the year, it is so hot that the only sane thing to do is to wear as little clothing as considered decent. In the the past, in order to not hate all pictures taken between May and September, I ‘d contort myself into some sort of Venus Di Milo pose so that my arms were entirely out of the picture. Which is a bit awkward, to put it mildly.

Over the years I’ve attempted to tone away the problem areas; I’ve done squats and lunges for my legs, and push ups and chair dips for my arms. I’ve tried all the supposedly targeting free weight exercises with little to no result. Ironically, since having a kid I’m now in the best shape of my life  – my arms and legs are stronger than they’ve ever been as a result of carrying around 27 pounds of child for much of the day. Though I’ve developed a rather impressive bicep, the dreaded triceps area is still a bit… wobbly.

We’re moving into tank top season and I don’t want yet another year of post-picture self recrimination and shame. I don’t want to have to visit a chiropractor after each BBQ from trying to contort myself into a flattering pose. I don’t want my arms to stick out like sore thumbs. And thanks to Pinterest, I think I may have found an exercise that is finally making a real difference. Seriously.

Here’s the deal. It’s called a Forearm Wall Pushup, and I swear to you it is the first exercise I’ve ever done where I instantly felt the bat-wing area burn on the very first try.

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Noah Neiman of Barry’s Bootcamp (Photos: Well+Good)

Palms and elbows go against the wall, forming a triangle. You take a few steps back to that your weight is all in your arms and push back. They say to do 10 reps of 10, but the first day I could only pull off 2 reps of 8. After a week, I’m up to 4 reps of 10, but with a lot of time in between the reps.

After about of week of doing it every day, I’m pretty convinced that I can see a difference. I know that ever since I started, my triceps are perpetually sore. Perhaps by the time I can actually do 10 reps of 10, I’ll go strapless. And be willing to be photographed from the side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “How to get rid of Bat-wing arms. Seriously.”

  1. Elisabeth Fitzgerald May 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Totally trying this! Thank you!!

  2. Anna Keizer May 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! I am so excited to try this and forever banish my bat-wing arms! :-)

  3. October 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for finally talking about > How to get rid of Bat-wing
    arms. Seriously. | The Zeros Before the One < Loved it!

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