If You Hate Your Arms | Chalene’s Upper Body Workout

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Are you part of the army of women—especially those over 40—who are less than thrilled with the look of their arms? You’re not alone. Understanding the struggle is the first step. Let’s dive into some arm workout strategies for transforming not just your arms but also your mindset.

From exploring options like plastic surgery and arm lipo to changing the way we think about our bodies, it’s all about taking actionable steps to get the results we want. And trust me, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that shifting our perspective can make all the difference. 

I’ll be sharing my personal routines that have amped up my arm strength and helped me feel proud of how my arms look, all while diving into the importance of proper nutrition and tracking macros. So, if you’re ready to get those arms looking and feeling their best, keep reading!

The Underlying Factors: Why Your Arms Might Be a Trouble Spot

Our bodies go through significant changes as we age. One area that seems to be a sticking point for many of us is—yeah, you guessed it—our arms. So what gives?

Metabolic Changes Over Time

Firstly, it’s a well-known fact that our metabolism doesn’t stay the same. The older we get, the slower it becomes, which can lead to an increase in overall body fat. When body fat goes up, it has a knack for spreading itself everywhere, including the arms.

The Role of Genetics in Arm Fat

Then, of course, there’s the genetic lottery. Some women naturally store fat in their arms, while others find it accumulating in the hips or thighs. But, before you blame it all on your genes and throw in the towel, remember that lifestyle choices can give you the upper hand against your genetic predisposition.

Hormonal Impacts on Arm Appearance

Last but definitely not least, hormones can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Life stages like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause create hormonal rollercoasters that can impact where we store fat. In some cases, those fluctuations make our arms a prime spot for fat cells to hang out.

Strategies for Shrinking Arms: Cut Down Overall Body Fat

If you’re looking to make your arms smaller, the trick isn’t to focus solely on them. Yeah, spot reduction is a myth we need to leave behind. Instead, you’ve got to tackle your overall body fat percentage.

Improve Your Nutrition for Better Arm Appearance

The food we put in our mouths plays a massive role in how we look and feel. Kick processed foods, sugars, and unnecessary carbs to the curb. Aim for a protein-rich diet where you consume at least 1g of protein per pound of your body weight daily.

The Importance of Tracking Macros

Don’t underestimate the value of tracking your macros and calories, especially if you find those pesky pounds creeping up on you. Keeping tabs on your food intake helps you make smarter choices that positively affect your arm appearance.

Building Muscle for Toned Arms

Ready to not just shrink those arms but give them a more sculpted look? Strength training is your new best friend.

Breaking Through the Plateau with Strength Training

Sometimes you might feel stuck. I recently hit a plateau with my shoulder and deltoid workouts. The solution? Hiring a personal trainer to tweak my routine, and voila! The gains started showing up again.

Nutrition’s Role in Arm Toning

Again, don’t ignore the food aspect. The right nutrition—along with tracking macros and occasionally maintaining a food diary—can significantly expedite your muscle development, making your arms look leaner and more defined.

Plastic Surgery: An Option But Not the Only Solution

Look, if you’ve tried all of this and still can’t get the arms you want, know that you have other options, like plastic surgery or arm lipo. It’s your body, and ultimately, your choice.

Finding the Right Surgeon for You

Just make sure to do thorough research and get consultations from qualified plastic surgeons before you take any drastic steps.

Love Your Arms, Love Yourself

Before diving into my recommended workout routine, let’s shift our focus for a second. Your arms do so much for you; they deserve some love! Remember, they allow you to hug, hold babies, and express yourself in unique ways. Embrace them, and focus on the positive.

Your Ultimate Arm Workout Routine

Ready to put all this advice into action? Here’s a sneak peek into my complete upper body routine, targeting those biceps and back. For the full scoop, tune into episode #1004 of The Chalene Show, or watch it on YouTube.

Bicep Exercises

  • Concentration curls
  • Hammer curls
  • Cross body curls

Back Exercises

  • Seated row
  • Lat pulldown
  • Bent over row

Ready to transform your arms for good? Follow along with my monthly workout subscription on IG, or check out Mia Finnegan for additional fitness inspiration.

Drop me a comment if you try the workout, and let me know what topics you’re dying for me to cover next. Let’s do this! 💪


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