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How do I tone up and lose fat under my arms and around my triceps?


Updated May 20, 2014

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Question: How do I tone up and lose fat under my arms and around my triceps?

The triceps (located on the back of the arms) are, unfortunately, a place many of us tend to store excess fat. That makes it difficult to get rid of and, unfortunately, spot training won't work. In other words, you can't do tricep exercises and hope that will reduce the extra fat there. The body actually uses energy from the entire body during exercise, not just from the muscles you're working.

Your body may be in charge of when, where and how you lose fat, but that doesn't mean you can't do something to help things along. Your first step is to focus on losing overall body fat with exercise and a healthy diet. There's no guarantee you'll lose fat from your triceps right away, but allowing your body to respond to your program will tell you what your body is capable of achieving.

Part of that process is strength training for the triceps (and the rest of your body as well). Triceps exercises won't reduce fat there (not specifically, at least), but they do help you build more muscle. More muscle means firmer, stronger triceps and a higher metabolism overall, something that will contribute to overall fat loss.

Losing Body Fat

If you want to tone the triceps, focus on:

More about How to Lose Weight.

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