Which weight for your dumbells?

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25 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 5:02pm
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Hello Skimble buddies!
My current goal is to tone my arms some more and to lose some small yet stubborn pockets of fat in my upper arms. I'm have a healthy weight for my height (totally normal BMI) but i just seem not to be able to lose it. I decided to do more weight workouts for my arms but i was wondering how much weight should i use? How do you choose the appropriate weight so it's the most efficient, in order not to exhaust yourself but still getting a good workout? I'm a woman and my goal is really not to get bigger arms but really to slim and tone them.

Also in order to get rid of these "wings" or "flabby arms" or however you want to call it what type of exercises (on top of weight exercises) would you recommend?

Thanks in advance skimblers!

20 Mar
Little fat depots and toning requires more burning - weights can help in definition, but to really make it visible you need to get the stupid fat vanish. Try to add more cardio and increase working on your biggest muscles (legs and bum) to burn it in no time!
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Mar 20, 2015 5:32pm
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I am no expert but I'd say lift a weight that you'll be no longer able to lift on your twelfth rep. Don't be afraid to lift heavy you won't get big arms just that easily, to add a solid inch to your arms you need to gain about 5 pounds of muscle which is quite hard to do and is only done if you're planning to do it. Otherwise when you'll be eating according to your goals that is not in a surplus of what you're burning you won't get bigger arms, tone them with what weight you can lift with proper form for 3 sets of 12-15 reps.. good luck

20 Mar
Thanks for the advice! I'll try that
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86 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 10:16pm
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i lift light. (5-10 lbs) and do about 10-15 reps! that way i tone up without bulking! ☺

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25 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 10:29pm
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Thanks I'll try it out

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1649 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 10:35pm
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Here's something interesting.......

Your body consists of 3 main muscle fiber groups & doing different weights/reps hits different fibers, and it's been claimed, accelerates growth.

For the last 6 months I've been trying different programs which consist of rep ranges of 3 / 8 / 12 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 50 and changed the weight to ensure I hit fatigue at the end of each set. 

All have been effective!

So my advice is.... Any weight you choose, but hit fatigue, and change the weight at least every couple of weeks and the rep range so your body doesn't adapt 
20 Mar
Sounds like a good advice! Thanks :)
21 Mar
Scotty is a pretty smart chap. I vouch for his opinion and I trust his advice.
21 Mar
Thanks for the kind comment DJ
21 Mar
True story.
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1649 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 10:47pm
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You're welcome. The worst thing a person can do is lift weight that doesn't put their body under stress, so if you're doing 15 reps then hit fatigue by 15. If you're doing 30 reps, hit fatigue at 30. And if you're doing 6...... Well, you get the idea!! Too many people lift a weight, count to 10 reps and put it back down again. That's it, no stress, no straining, no sweat... Pointless! 

20 Mar
Can you tell I'm hungry?!?!
21 Mar
Hahaha yes i can!
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25 Posts
Mar 21, 2015 2:12pm
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Thanks for the advice guys! I started applying it today, still trying out what is the appropriate weight according to the reps, we'll see the results soon hopefully

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