Changing Your Worst Body Part

As I listened to my friend talk from across the table, I couldn’t help but notice her toned arms. I caught myself thinking, “What the heck?! How does she have such nice arms?! I know she doesn’t lift weights! It’s so unfair!”

The next day, as I busted my butt in the gym in yet another arm workout, I thought back to her effortless toned arms. Although I hate the “genetics” excuse (the most common genetic reason for being overweight is simply inheriting bad habits, not bad genes), I will admit that when it comes to muscle definition, genetics play a big part. And yet, that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. Just because my default design was to have flabby arms, doesn’t mean I have to accept it!  Instead, I work my arms harder than any girl in the gym and three times as often!

BEFORE

Even as a size 4 and doing an arm workout 1-2 times a week, my upper arms have never cooperated. They lacked any definition and despite being thin everywhere else, I always had the dreaded “arm jiggle”.

AFTER

I finally tossed the one-dimensional arm workouts and opted for a combination of bodyweight exercises (namely, chin-ups and push-ups), kettlebell, and at least two make-you-wanna-throw-up arm workouts each week. Whereas most women do one type of bicep exercise and one type of tricep move, I hit my bi’s and tri’s from every angle and did an entire day devoted to biceps and an entire day devoted to triceps. Yes, it was incredibly hard but now I can finally say I’m proud of my arms!  Of course I’ll never have Jennifer Aniston’s skinny little toned arms but that’s fine by me. She probably can’t do chin-ups so whatever.

Am I making this sound too difficult? Well, you don’t get the luxury of namsy-pamsy workouts when you’re talking about genetic weaknesses so I can’t give you some easy-to-swallow solution for your genetic problem! The good news is, you don’t have to just accept your fate and “deal with it”.  The bad news is, you’re going to have to work a lot harder than the next girl if you want to see a change.

Your lower legs are more like tree stumps?  Focus on building more muscular calves and you’ll start to change the appearance of your cankles.

No bum?  Hit the lower body exercises three times a week and lift heavy so you can build those glute muscles! You’ll have some junk in the trunk before you know it.

If you start to feel sorry for yourself when you think about your weaker area, just remember that as with all things, there is a balance. Be thankful for all the genetic blessings you have rather than getting caught up in the areas that you wish you could change. I may have to work extra hard to sculpt my arms, but I have beautiful calves that have never been worked a day in their life. Thank you genetics.

And besides, not doing all those calf raises frees up more time for bicep curls.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

5 thoughts on “Changing Your Worst Body Part

  1. Kaylee Norton says:

    After I competed in March, and my plan to do it again in a years time, I knew I had lots of work to do- specifically around my @ss! Even one of the judges mentioned that having been very over weight, my @ss will be VERY hard to obtain the nice, round, perky butt that a quarter could be bounced off! However, including plyometrics in my workouts has SEVERELY changed the shape of it! Even this far out and carrying more weight than I want for “off season” I know that come competition time, my @ss will probably be my biggest asset!
    ;D
    Lift hard, lift heavy, lift often and EAT CLEAN and you CAN have a body to be proud of!!!

  2. Cheri says:

    My stomach has always been my weakest area and honestly it’s the only thing I spend time working on. Right now I’m just doing Pilates as I find that works the best for me (cause it helps with my posture too!). I really miss running and am hoping to pick it up again soon. I hate to overdo it when I’m nursing because then I never have enough milk. But now that Alli’s eating solids I’ll be starting again soon. Love reading your fitness goals and triumphs. You go girl!

    • Natasha (Domestica) says:

      There’s a time for everything, Cheri! Although I believe nutrition is more important than ever during pregnancy and breastfeeding, I think there’s something to be said for giving our bodies some slack (physically) during that time.

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