Why your arms don't look the way you want them to

May 16, 2013

Why your arms don't look like you want them to
Why your arms don't look like you want them to

When you imagine the perfect gym body, you probably picture bulging biceps, round shoulders and taut forearms. Any good weight training schedule will dedicate at least one or two days per week focusing on the arms, but sometimes, results just don't show up no matter how hard you try. Here are a few reasons why you may not have the arms of your dreams:

Your focus isn't varied
When you think of sexy arms, do you only imagine biceps? While this muscle group is important, there are other parts of the limbs that you'll need to focus on if you truly want that sexy, toned look. The triceps, which are located on the backside of the arm opposite the biceps, can be worked out by doing rope-pull downs or triceps extensions. Forearms can be more difficult to target, but using free weights is a good start. The more training you put into the other parts of your arm, the more likely it is that your forearms will beef up.

You have stubborn fat deposits
Is the rest of your body slimming down, but your arms are still looking a little too plump? If so, then you may have stubborn fat deposits in your arms that are getting in your way. This issue isn't uncommon - while fat deposits that won't go away with exercise and diet are most commonly found in the hips, stomach, thighs or buttocks, the arms can also be affected by this annoying problem. Fortunately, aesthetic surgery can help. Liposuction procedures can remove these pockets of fat, helping you slim up your body more evenly.

Age, gravity and elasticity are not on your side
There's no getting around the fact that as you age, your skin will begin to sag. This happens because of the effect gravity has on the body over time, but rapid weight loss can also cause excess skin to hang. Once again, a visit with a cosmetic surgeon can reveal how this issue can be taken care of surgically. A procedure known as an arm lift can tighten the skin around the upper arms, thus eliminating what are commonly referred to as "bingo wings." Many people choose to combine an arm lift with liposuction in order to slim down the arm while still keeping the skin tight.


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