Post # 1
… I feel insane just writing that title. But I have it. It’s on my inner knees and it’s super weird looking. I work out 3x a week (haven’t always, but have been trying to get toned for the last 3 months.)
I’m not overweight at all (5’8”, 135lbs) None of my friends that I work out with seem to have a similar issue.
The image below is NOT ME, just a google image, but I’ve circled the “problem area.”
So are there any exercises to get rid of this? It literally makes me hate wearing skirts and shorts.
And I’m aware, this post is totally bonkers, and such a first world problem, yada yada… But if any fitness gurus have any ideas, feel free to share.
Post # 3
Will someone flag this and move it to fitness. I hit refresh while posting and didn’t post on the board I intended.
Post # 4
omg you are not crazy! I have this and it drives me insane! I’m so self conscious about this. None of my friends have this and they think I’m ridiculous when I complain about this. Otherwise I have a good but not perfect figure, 5’5″ 120lbs, hourglass shape. But the knee fat has always bothered me.
I have no idea how to get rid of it. I did ballet for 15 years and I was hard core about it, (4 times a week for 2 hours each day), and even then I had the knee fat. I would love to hear any suggestions anyone has.
Post # 5
Well, you can’t spot reduce fat. You can only tone areas. Not that I have any idea how to tone up the knee area!
Nor do I understand how one would even notice “knee fat.” It looks fine and normal, and I wouldn’t worry about it. I do understand though that we all are able to pick out something about ourselves we’d like to change, even if it seems crazy to others!
Post # 6
@Meowkers: Thank God I’m not the only one. You just made me feel not as crazy! 🙂
Post # 7
@Paiger8: the reason you can not get rid of this is because it is the shape of your legs. A normal shape. Stop picking yourself apart.
Post # 8
@Paiger8: I am pretty tall and thin (5’9″ and around 125lbs – right now) and I have the dreaded knee fat, I also have thic musucular calves (the only way to downplay the calves is to not exercise that part of my body…it works for me). As for my knee thing…the only way I know is to actually loose weight in general and eventually your entire leg will become thinner, If it wasn’t for my knees my leg would look much longer and leaner (when I don’t exercise extensivly my calves)…I think my kees are just wide in general anyways…so there is not much I can do.
Post # 9
Umm, I don’t think that’s “fat” per se. It’s an anatomical/genetic thing. I have the same issue, except more pronounced. And I’m a very active/athletic person, 5′ 6″ and 135 (I’m a sturdy girl). Even when I was a gangly, stick-thin 12-year old, I still had that lump on my inner knees. I’ve learned to just ignore it. I’ll probably never embrace it, but it’s such an insiginificant body-issue that I refuse to waste time worrying about it.
In terms of dressing for my lumpy knees, I avoid skirts that hit above the knee, unless I’m wearing them with tights. I LOVE wearing shorts because I have long legs and a great behind, so I highlight those areas and try to not be self-conscious about my knees. Oh, and skinny jeans are my kryptonite; I avoid them like the plague.
@KingsDaughter: I have the opposite problem: I have thick thighs, the “knee fat” and slim calves (and tiny feet). I specifically focus on my calves when working out so that my legs will be more proportional and the knee fat will not be so noticeable.
Sigh. The things women worry about…
Post # 10
Granted, I’m not a doctor but the circled area in the photo looks nothing like a fat deposit. Looks like a normal knee. Yeah, some people have more slender, graceful legs but that has nothing really to do with the fat deposits or lack of on their knees. That’s literally the shape of a knee. My knee looks like that and it’s because there is a bone there. Not everyone’s knee looks the same. Even if this were a “fat deposit” situation, there wouldn’t be anything you could really do about it.
EDIT: It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Until you mentioned it I don’t think I’ve ever identified my knees as being funny looking and worth hiding under pants and long skirts. You might be worrying yourself unnecesarily.
Post # 11
you are bein a tid bit obsessive. you are a healthy weight. STOP OBSESSING. fyi everyone has this……….You’re on a slipperly slope my friend…..
Post # 12
That’s not fat. =)
That’s just the way that some people, especially women, are shaped! Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t look bad at all.
I’ve seen a lot of bodies being a massage therapist and a yoga teacher too and I am telling you that you are anatomically correct. Its actually the shape of your femur and the musculature that lies overtop that is doing that. Again, like I said, its especially common with women and is just part of the curves that we have all over our bodies. Our bones are sometimes shaped a little bit differently. The muscle that is under there is actually part of vastus medialis, so I wonder if its actually just that your vastus medialis is more developed. You could try to tone your quads, but I really don’t think that this is the issue at all. Or that it IS an issue =)
Don’t worry about it! I promise its normal and there really isn’t anything you can do about it.
Post # 13
Yeah, my knees are that shape too I inherited it from my grandma (gee, thanks!). There might be a little bit of fat there, but chances are it’s just the way your knees are shaped. I hate it and, as another poster said, I avoid wearing shorts or skirts that are above the knee. It gets worse if I put on a bit of weight, too! I get a little “roll” of fat just above the kneecap. Ugh. Some women get beautiful knees – I got stuck with the knees from hell.
Post # 14
Ugh, I have it as well and it bothers me. Even losing 50 lbs for my wedding and being a very healthy weight didn’t really help much.
Although I have to say I pointed it out to my mom once when we were dress shopping, and she looked at me all crazy eyed and told me I was nuts lol. I know it’s natural but it’s still annoying!
Post # 15
Oh my gosh, I never even noticed this before. Now I can’t stop pinching it. Wah!
Post # 16
@LMD84: Hahaha, sorry! Pinch Pinch. 🙂