Many women talk about wanting thin and toned arms as they are unhappy with their current wobbly triceps. In this post I’ll go over some of the myths about this type of training as well as looking at some of the ways to try to do this.
Myths about getting thin and toned arms
I’ve noticed that the women’s fitness industry is full of so many fibs and false information that sometimes I feel like throwing my computer into the wall! However, I am determined to make Real Women’s Fitness.com full of quality, fresh and helpful information to combat all these myths.
As aforementioned, many women want thin arms. And, sadly, many money hungry companies try to capitalize off of this want and women wind up getting hurt or discouraged.
As we all know you cannot spot cut. That means that you cannot train one part of your body in the hope that it will burn fat off of only that part of your body. It is impossible.
So, if someone writes something that says that this exercise or this workout is only for toning or thinning your arms then you should close the window and forget about it – it isn’t true!
That being said, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of toning and thinning your arms.
Two ways of toning and thinning your arms
There are two elements you need to take into account when trying to meet this goal:
– Weight Loss.
If you have a well-designed workout plan and a balanced, healthy diet that allows you to burn fat as well as working the muscles that you want to tone then you will significantly boost your results. Never try to just use weights or just use diet on its own, it is when they are combined that they become effective.
Getting thin arms involves luck
If you want thin arms then you, sorry to say, need to rely a bit on your genetics. Not everyone can have perfectly toned and thin arms as some people simply aren’t programmed to do so.
However, by losing weight and working your arms out with weights you can significantly improve whatever shape arms you presently have and that is what fitness and health is all about. We are not trying to be like someone else, we are trying to better ourselves.
High reps for toned arms?
Many people say that if you want to tone your arms you need to use light weights with lots of reps. I don’t understand why anyone would do this!
My reasons for saying this are because we use heavy weights and low reps when we want to build muscle. Toning your arms is no different; you want to build muscle so that it is more visible once you lose the fat that is covering it.
However, if you want thin arms then you might want to decrease the weight a bit to avoid excess size and to allow for a cardio type of weight workout; that is, to boost your heart rate and metabolism.
So should women use heavy weights to tone their arms?
A friend of mine on one of the fitness websites I joined asked me what can they do to get toned thinner arms and another asked me whether they should use heavy weights when they are trying to tone their arms. This has becomes a popular issue lately and one that many women seem to be misinformed about. Here are some things you should know about toning your arms and using heavy weights.
If you want to tone your arms there are a few things you need to know. Knowing these things is important because it will save you a lot of time and effort. And, if you think you already know these things then you should continue to remind yourself of how important they are so you don’t get frustrated later on.
To tone your arms you need to remember these things:
1. Fat loss is paramount
If you want toned arms you need to lose the fat. It is the fat that covers them that makes the arm not toned first. It is the fat that gives the arms the wobble and the soft feel.
So, if you want to tone your arms so that they are firm and defined then you need to get into a weight loss program where you will lose fat from your entire body. Remember, you cannot lose fat off of just one part of your body. If you want to lose the fat on your triceps then you need to lose fat off of your whole body.
2. Weight training is necessary to build the arm muscles
After you have lost the fat off of your arms you want there to be some muscle to show. This is why weight training is important because it builds the arm muscles to a point where the muscles become visible.
Also, weight training is important because it helps you burn fat. Fat and muscle do no co-exist together and the muscle will always win. The more muscle you have on your arms the less fat you will have.
Also, weight training boosts your metabolism so you will not store as many calories as fat during the day. This is an important advantage of weight training that many women overlook.
So should women use heavy weights?
The answer is YES! Women should use heavy weights on a regular basis, especially if they are trying to tone their arms. Here are the reasons why.
1. You won’t get bulky
Women are worried about getting bulky but due to the lack of testosterone this will not happen. However, for those women who WANT to get bulky there are ways to do it. It involved high amounts of protein and a very specific type of training. For the rest of you though, you do not have to worry about heavy weights making you bulky. Besides, even if you do find yourself getting a bit bigger than you would like you just cut back on the weights and increase your cardio.
2. Heavy weights build muscles faster
Every time you weight train the muscle tears slightly. When it re-builds you get muscle growth. This muscle growth happens a lot faster when you use heavy weights. And, as we have already learned the more muscle you have the less fat you will have so this is a positive for arm toning results.
So, put the light weights and high reps aside and start working out with heavy weights and low reps. Start pushing your muscles at the gym so they feel challenged and respond by growing. Light weights are doing nothing to tone your arms.