A flabby armpit area can make it embarrassing to wear a tank top or bathing suit. To firm up your armpits, perform strength training exercises that target the armpit muscles. Most exercises that work the side of the chest, such as pushups, also target the armpits. To keep your workout varied, try combining strength training with dumbbells, body-weight exercises and less traditional strength training exercises, such as yoga poses, to target your armpit flab.
Dumbbell Front Raise
Stand up tall with a straight spine.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
Position your arms in front of your thighs, palms facing your body.
Raise both arms in an arc, straight out in front of the body, until the arms are as high as your head.
Lower the arms in an arcing semicircle until you touch the fronts of your thighs.
Perform three sets of 12 to 15 reps.
Position yourself on all fours.
Align your knees under your hips and your wrists directly under your shoulders.
Step back with both feet until you are balancing in a high pushups position with your palms and toes holding you up. If you are new to exercise, keep your knees on the floor for the duration of the exercise until your arms and chest grow stronger.
Bend your elbows and keep them close to your sides as you lower your chin and upper chest toward the floor. Hover directly above the floor without actually touching.
Engage your chest and armpit muscles and press yourself back to a high pushup position.
Perform as many pushups as you can in one minute. Work your way up to three sets.
Stand up tall with a straight spine at the top of a yoga mat or directly on the floor.
Hinge at the waist and fold forward.
Place your palms flat on the floor, bending your knees if necessary.
Step back with both feet until you are in a high pushup position.
Lift your hips and back until you body makes an inverted "V" shape.
Press your heels down toward the floor.
Spread your fingers wide and press your palms into the floor. Lift your chest away from the floor strongly to engage the armpit and upper arm muscles.
Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute. Drop your knees to the floor and sit back on your heels to come out of the pose.
- In addition to strength training, add at least 150 minutes of cardio exercise to your weekly exercise routine. Choose exercises that especially target the chest and armpits, such as tennis, boxing, swimming and elliptical training using the arms.