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2009/04/21 14:50:15 (permalink)

bat wing help!!

I have noticed improvements with my workouts - esp weights - which I used to avoid. My problem is my "bat wings". The underarm area. My mother has the problem and I can see myself drifting that way. Is there something I can do to avoid the problem? Thanks
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    Dulcy
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 15:00:02 (permalink)
    Do you do ticep kickbacks,french press and tricep dips?At the gym you can add tricep cable press downs.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 16:08:46 (permalink)
    Oh, the bat wings...how I hate them!!! Yes, they are hereditary, I get mine from my Mom, also, and I heard some discouraging news about this subject. It doesn't matter how much you work out, once they are there, only plastic surgery can "firm" them up. I don't think I'd go that route! I do think, however, if you do all the exercises Dulcy suggests, especially with weights, you can firm other parts of your arms & shoulders up, and hope no one notices the jiggle under the arms...(LOL) Mine are less noticeable the more I work my triceps but I know they're still there, so I always think twice before waving my arms with a sleeveless top on!

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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 17:39:50 (permalink)
    Thanks! I do do tricep work but will work them more - maybe use heavier weight etc
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 17:46:01 (permalink)
    I was a little confuse with the title I laughed a little because I thought you were talking about a real bat. I was like bat wings? don't all bats have wings? lol=)

    I agree a lot of different tricep exercises might work better than just a single type.

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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 20:15:09 (permalink)
    also when you do the tricep work  exercises alternate heavier weights and less reps every few days  with lighter weights and more reps-as well as different tricep exercises.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/21 20:26:42 (permalink)
    I try to gravitate towards workouts with good hard tricep sets ({Ripped & Chiseled}7900^ or {NYC}7752^).  Plus I do dips and such on my own.  My triceps are MUCH better than they were just a year ago.  Minimal wave flap.  The key is working the entire arm and shoulder area, not to spot train the tricep.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 02:58:39 (permalink)
    What gemini1412 said. Isolation exercises alone may not be the best course of action. Work all your upper body muscles thoroughly. Pushups, tricep pushups, chinups, dips are all good multi-muscle exercises to include.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 08:38:26 (permalink)
    I totally agree, BobLoblaw...it's all connected, so working the whole arm reaps more benefits overall. You may not get rid of the underarm jiggle altogether, but you will minimize it & see improvement.
    post edited by Angie - 2009/04/22 08:38:52

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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 09:58:48 (permalink)
    Hi megw, a video that has helped me with muscle toning in the arms is gilad's arms and shoulders.  it does work all areas of the arms and shoulders and is pretty fast and no frills.  I'm 50 and have quite a few work out challenges because my spine is so bad with arthritis but this is one i can do and even without weights ( i just hold large tennis balls for contraction-i'm hoping to add weights this summer, fingers crossed!) I amazingly have pretty fit looking looking forearms, biceps and triceps and i can feel the muscles(maybe I should put this in the "brag" post LOL- no, I"ll wait till I can add weights.).  It's I think the first video I got here maybe 2 years ago and i had no muscle tone in the arms at all.   HTH
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 10:46:23 (permalink)
    Thanks for the help.  I have just recently started doing push ups and will bump up my toning workouts. Katie I understand back pain. I am also in my 50's -years ago I fractured my low back and it was a long road back.  I will always have back pain but know when to rein it in. I also alternate months with my Chrioprator and massage
    therapist.  Take care of your back.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 10:55:33 (permalink)
    Just remember that you can't spot reduce fat.  You will lose fat where ever genetics say you'll lose the fat. And that bat wing nonsense is nothing but fat.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 12:01:23 (permalink)
    Sorry I have to disagree with batwings being nothing but fat-I'm sure being over weight doesn't help  but haven't  any of you noticed the older really old women who are frail and thin ,actually scrawney and they lift their arms and you see where the arm/bone ends and the  empty skin hanging down from the bone.If you feel it, it's just empty skin..that's loss of muscle mass  combined with age.Fat can contribute to batwings if you're extremely obese and lose all the weight and the overly stretched skin [no longer filled with fat] just hangs there.Doing heavy weights puts back muscle there and helps to fill it out if it's not too stretched out.sometimes there is no choice but surgery to remove them if   it's too stretched out..
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/22 12:36:08 (permalink)
    ... yep, point taken.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/24 14:49:38 (permalink)
    Good discussion. The tricep muscle is a large muscle that needs to be trained, but is often overlooked in comparison to the bicep. It actually accounts for approximately 60 percent of the upper arm's muscle mass. Doing a variety of tricep targeted exercises is the best way to define the muscle. Every time you work your biceps in training be sure to work those opposing triceps to keep your arms tight and toned. Working your triceps with kickbacks, dips, french presses, push-ups, ect. will shape those muscles and reduce the size of those 'bat wings'.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/24 16:25:43 (permalink)
    Thanks Collage and everyone else for the help, It is appreicated
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/24 17:41:18 (permalink)
    nice reply Collage... I didn't know the tricep muscles covered that much of the arm, I though it was more biceps and shoulders!

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    Good discussion. The tricep muscle is a large muscle that needs to be trained, but is often overlooked in comparison to the bicep. It actually accounts for approximately 60 percent of the upper arm's muscle mass. Doing a variety of tricep targeted exercises is the best way to define the muscle. Every time you work your biceps in training be sure to work those opposing triceps to keep your arms tight and toned. Working your triceps with kickbacks, dips, french presses, push-ups, ect. will shape those muscles and reduce the size of those 'bat wings'.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/04/26 00:51:50 (permalink)
    Cathe Friedrich Gym Style {Chest & Triceps}7515^
    Kelly Coffey-Meyer {NYC}7752^
    Tamilee Webb {I Want That Body}9455^
    Tracy Effinger {Squeeze}7836^ & {Squeeze Stronger}5600^

    Those all have great tricep toning segments that have helped the look of my arms immensely.  Working with a resistance band or tube in addition to weights has helped too.
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/05/17 17:05:39 (permalink)
    Can someone tell me what a tricep cable press down is? Is it something with tubing?
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    Re:bat wing help!! 2009/05/17 19:26:57 (permalink)
    hi megw!  Can't answer that particular question BUT I do have other info on bat wing help.  I recently got bellydance fitness for beginners and it's turning out to be a great tape! There's an arms and abs section and i'm pretty impressed with how bellydance can work those arms(triceps included)-who'd have thought?  I think it's a good method to alternate with more traditional weight training type videos as I definetly feel the muscles working differently and it feels pretty good!
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