The Back Fat That Creates “Bra-Bubbles”
It is one of women’s worst nightmares! Bra bubbles! It is the fatty area on your back that bulges up over your bra, causing a bubbling look. You certainly can improve the appearance of this area so you don’t have to be self-conscious of the sleeve-less or the swim suits.
By most standards of worldwide society, our muscles are what give our body a desirable shape, and fat is it what gives our body an undesirable shape. Once we know the muscle that is responsible for giving a particular part of your body it’s shape, we can target this muscle to give it firmness, or increased tone. Then we look for ways to decrease the fat that covers this muscle, so its shape shines brightly.
The posterior, or backside, of your armpit is made up primarily of a back muscle called the Latissimus Dorsi. It is a fan shaped muscle that starts in your low back and then ends up just below your shoulder joint on your arm. It is an important muscle for the appearance of a man or woman’s back, as it give our upper body a “V” look, with width at shoulders and narrowness at the waist. I have included a video of the Latissimus Dorsi’s anatomy at the end of this column.
The Latissimus Dorsi, or “Lats”, is responsible for motions of the arms such as pulling down, or rowing. It is a very strong muscle and one of the many muscles that make up the “core”. Because this muscle is one of the stronger upper body muscles, many women do not adequately train this muscle. If you using small 3-8 pound hand-weights to tone your Lats, you are not stimulating this muscle enough. Even the frailest of women can usually perform a rowing motion with 12+ pound dumbbells, and you must challenge a muscle if you want results! Keep the small dumbbells for your shoulders, but get the heavier ones out for the Lats!
Because your Lats are responsible for many motions of your arms and trunk, there is not a single exercise that is a cure-all for bra bubbles. You must have an arsenal of exercises to target the muscle from various angles. And finally a very familiar tip from your fitness guru: You cannot have a thick layer of fat covering this muscle so a healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise is mandatory to stay lean!
YouTube video for muscle anatomy of the Latissimus Dorsi: