Bingo Wings. Or, How to Fix Underarm Flab

By Liza Kovacs, M.S.C, M.A., Fitness Contributor

Can you get rid of this?” Countless women have asked me while jiggling with one hand the skin below the opposite upper arm. Often my response has been to grab in jest a pair of scissors because, truth be told, my students’ concern is purely aesthetic. Skin, even under our arms, slackens with time. As with anything related to age, resistance is somewhat futile. This is what happens to our triceps as we get older. You can however make positive changes to the look of your upper body AND here's what you can do about it.

How does it work?
Simplistically your triceps main action is to extend your arms from the elbow down. Too much of one thing can lead to imbalances {and its best friend, pain}, so you want to make sure that you include upper arm work that also works its opposing muscle, the biceps {think Popeye!}.

Here are 2 simple exercises that target that area, one for your triceps, one for the biceps. The beauty of these is that they require no special equipment. Do them often, daily, in sets of 6-8. I find that even a little bit goes a long way. I repeat, even a long bit goes a long way! Now of course if you have time, hit the gym, the yoga or Pilates studio, or climb a mountain. For those if you with a busy life, these exercises might be more practicable.

Press you arm against a wall, a door frame, a rail, anything that will offer resistance. Hold the press for a long 3 seconds, with shoulders relaxed. Release and repeat, a few times on each side. Repeat each day, as often as you like. Give yourself a few weeks to notice the difference.
Bring your arm to a 90 degree bend, elbow in front of shoulder, palm facing your body. Press the opposite hand into the palm. Here too hold the press for a long 3 seconds, with shoulders relaxed. Release and repeat, a few times on each side. Repeat each day, as often as you like.

The advantage of these exercises is that they can be done anytime, and yes, almost anywhere, provided you don't mind people thinking you are a little strange!

On a final note

Be pro-active. Try loving the parts of your body you dislike {exercising them is love}. If you take the time to attend to your body it will thank you. I can guarantee that strengthening and toning your arms will assist you better with daily activities AND give them a more pleasant aspect. Most importantly feeling good is more than a matter of liking yourself in a sleeveless top. It is about being grateful for what you have and making good choices regarding your exercise activities. And if you have set goals, it's about persistence and commitment each day and remembering to enjoy the process because you are bettering {not battering!} yourself and through the joyfulness of it, the world around you.


Liza KovacsLiza Kovacs, is a movement specialist living in beautiful Panama. Once a professional ballet dancer, she now teaches students of all ages, imparting beauty, wellbeing and health through the moving body. Gathering momentum entering her 40’s she completed a MA in Dance Pedagogy, a MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban (UK), squeezed in certifications in Pilates, extensive studies in Laban Movement Analysis, anatomy and biochemistry in NYC. She is a wife, mother, blogger ( and an eternal student. Follow her on Twitter at @mindyourstep.

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One Response to Bingo Wings. Or, How to Fix Underarm Flab

  1. Susan says:

    Thanks! I’m going to give all of that a try! Will I look like you when I’m done? 🙂

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