Finally: A way to target your awkward armpit area.

Even the fittest women get sensitive about the annoying bulge that peeks out of the sides of a bra, through the sleeve of a tank top, or over the neckline of a strapless dress. But if you want to feel more confident in any armpit-bearing outfit, perform the exercises below, designed and demonstrated by certified fitness trainer, health coach, and fitness model Elizabeth Bracero, to tighten up your chest and shoulders. To see results, work up to four sets of 12 reps of each exercise, and tack a few of them onto your regular strength-training routine. Or, complete the entire routine in the order below a few times a week.

How to do them: Get into plank position with your palms on the floor, your wrists directly beneath your shoulders, and your fingers facing forward. Your feet should be hips-width apart, and your body should form a straight line between the top of your head and your heels. Keeping your shoulders away from your ears, bend your elbows to lower your body in a straight line toward the ground until your forehead nearly touches the floor. Then press into your palms to extend your elbows and bring your body back to starting position. (If you can’t do a proper push-up, learn how to build the strength to do one here.)


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