Figured I ask the women here what kind of weight lifting will help tone the back of my arms (the stuff that will wobble when I wave when I'm older ) and help firm up my pectoral area (boobies) after breast feeding 2 kids. I am a runner and I do understand the benefits of cross training but none of it seems to give me focus on these areas its usually core work with pilates, biking and yoga
2009: Opperation Troop Appreciation 5k oct 29:44 (first race), Greensburg Turkey Trot 5k nove 31:09
2010: On Deck for the Cure sprint 1mi 1-4 9:00, Race for Grace 5k 3-20 32:11, Yough River Council 1/2 marathon 4-10 2:16:39 (goal for 1st 1/2 2:25) 3rd in AG, Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure 5k 5-9 30:08, Jerry Mahar Jr Parkinsons Awareness 5k 6-5-10 29:28 6th in AG
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2011: Race for Grace 5k 3-19 30:56, Alpha Fitness 5k 4-9 28:57 8th in AG, Pittsburgh Half Marathon 5-14 2:17:52, 9/11 Heroes Run 5k 9-11 27:34 (PR) 5th in AG, Pittsburgh ZooZilla 5k 10-2 28:03, Greenburg 5k Turkey Trot 11-24 28:35
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Recently I've started swimming and I really see a difference in these areas, plus the impact is much less pronounced on the body. I'm also a runner, but like you said it doesn't do much for these areas. Since I began combining the two it's made a big difference. Of course I still do pilates and yoga as well. Another thing to consider is your diet. The type of food you eat will help in your quest to tone these areas. Good luck to you!