The six types of bingo wing…and how to banish them for summer

The six types of bingo wing…and how to banish them for summer



01:06 GMT, 13 June 2012

If you're secretly quite pleased that the sunshine has gone missing this year because you haven’t had to bare your upper arms, help may be at hand.

A fitness expert claims to have identified six different types of so-called ‘bingo wings’ – and a way to get rid of them all.

Brace yourself though, because they don’t exactly have the most flattering of names.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe

Singer Jessica Simpson

Arm issues: Gabourey Sidibe has a 'Double Chubble' while Jessica Simpson is afflicted with 'classic' bingo wings

While some may suffer from ‘Rump Lumps’, others are hiding ‘Double Chubble’ or, the very worst, ‘Jabba Flabba’.

According to research, three-quarters of women hate their bingo wings, the flaps of skin which hang under the triceps – and they plague some men, too.

Caused by sagging skin and excess weight, they are almost impossible to shift with ordinary exercise routines.

Personal trainer Rich Jones says there are six specific types.

The first, ‘Classic’ bingo wings, are often seen on women who lack tone in their upper arms. ‘Rump Lumps’ are caused by extra weight at the top of the arms and on the pectoral muscles, and earn their name because they look like a ‘small backside’.

The ‘Double Chubble’ is defined as a bingo wing on top of a bingo wing, and tends to afflict very overweight women.

Denise Welch

Anne Robinson

Denise Welch has 'Rump Lumps' while Anne Robinson has 'Arm Charms'

At the worst end of the scale is the
‘Jabba Flabba’, named after Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars. Sufferers have
‘several rolls of unsightly fat that extend from the wrist to the upper

Dieters who shed huge amounts of weight are more likely to suffer from ‘Arm Charms’, a fold of skin which hangs loosely from the arm.

And men don’t escape, either. Mr Jones calls male bingo wings ‘Chap Flaps’, and says they tend to appear when men put on weight generally.


Not content with identifying the six types, he also claims to have invented a way to banish them.

He has developed a routine using the Powerspin, a weighted device which targets the arms. It resembles a steering wheel and consists of a weighted ball within a circular tube, which creates a centrifugal force as it is spun.

Once a week, workouts should be dedicated solely to the biceps and triceps, he says, while training intensity should be increased with hill sprints and boxing.

‘It doesn’t matter how nice your muscles are, if there is a layer of fat covering them, you will never get to see them,’ Mr Jones said.