Does your bra strap have a muffin top? Concerned about that bulge of fat above your bra and around your armpit? There is no way to spot reduce the fat surrounding your armpit, the best way to eliminate it is to reduce your body fat through a healthy diet and exercise and then tone the area with targeted exercises. Exercises like these five that get rid of armpit fat:
1. Dumbbell Chest Presses
Lie on your back on the floor or on a bench with a dumbbell in each hand and your hands at chest level in line with your chest. Now push the dumbbells up toward the ceiling, pause briefly at the top of the movement then slowly lower the weights as you resist. That is one rep. Perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
2. Dumbbell Flyes
Start in the same position as your dumbbell chest presses. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing in. Push the dumbbells up to arm’s length and then spread your hands and their weights to the sides, opening your chest. Now return your hands together still at arm’s length, imagine hugging a big, fat tree and follow that arc with the dumbbells. As the weights come together at the center, squeeze and hold momentarily. Repeat 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
3. Lateral Planks
Start in the plank position, the “up” position of a pushup. Remain on your hands rather than your forearms and hold your body in a straight line from head to ankles.
Now, cross your left hand toward your right as you move your left foot toward your right. You are “crab walking” sideways while maintaining your plank position. Your hands should move together as your feet move apart. Move 3 “steps” left then 3 “steps” right to complete one repetition. Repeat 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
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4. Staggered Pushups
Push ups are an excellent upper body workout and tone the chest, arms and shoulders including the entire armpit fat prone areas. In this alternate “staggered” push up, keep one hand directly below the shoulder and the other hand about 3-5 inches forward making the movement more difficult and shifting focus to the armpit. Switch hand position after each repetition and perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
Pullups are excellent arm and back exercises and target the armpit as well. (How To Do The Perfect Pullup)Find a pull-up bar, jungle gym, or use a removable chin-up bar that fits securely in your doorway. You will need the assistance of a chair, a partner supporting your feet or a strong resistance band when you are first performing pull ups. Grab the bar with your palms facing away from you and pull yourself up until the bar touches the top of your chest. Lower yourself slowly and repeat, performing 3 sets of 10-12 reps.