No matter how physically fit a person is, we can promise you that EVERYONE has a problem area. FitPerez reader Julie is no different!
Despite having lost a bunch of weight since she began working out last year, she still has annoying flab under her arms. She came to the right place for help and wrote celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, asking:
I started working out last year and have lost a ton of weight, but still have flabby underarms! What can I do to get rid of it?
According to Jennifer:
For underarms, your best approach is some specialized chest exercises and reduce overall body fat with cardio. You can't spot reduce (take away fat in just one area), so the combination of moves will help with "pocket fat." Try this 4 minute workout of low-jacks and dynamo pushups - the low-jacks will burn a ton of calories, and the dynamo pushups will work the inner arms.
Check out the video tutorial here for a demonstration.
Chest flies will also help underarms. If you don't have a set of weights, start out with water bottles or soup cans. Lie on your back, holding weights above your chest. Straighten your arms, and slowly lower the weights outward. Stop when your arms are parallel to the ground and go back to the start position. When you can do 12 reps comfortably, use something heavier — full bottles of laundry detergent work well.
Thanks for writing, let me know how it goes!
If you've got a question for Jennifer, tweet her @JenCohenNGR and keep checking FitPerez.com for more fitness advice from El Lay's leading trainers!