Post # 1
I’ve been working out like a maniac for awhile now, and I’m pretty happy with the results so far. I’ve lost over 15 pounds. My top half is looking great, even my waist and butt are smaller. The problem is my thighs. They aren’t changing at all. I read an article that said not to work specifically on your thighs if you want to slim them because you’ll only end up adding muscle and causing more bulk. It said you should just keep doing cardio.
When I’m at the gym I typically do interval training on the elliptical. Do you think this could be bulking me up, or should I just keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working for every other part of me?
Any tips would be appreciated!
Post # 3
Keep up with the cardio. There are some areas that are difficult to lose weight from and the thighs are one of those areas. I agree about not using the machines that put weight on your thighs, since that will just bulk them up.
Post # 4
@MrsMcGyro: I SWEAR by Jillian Michael’s DVDs since she is all about keeping the thigh muscles long and lean and not building them up. I always get into the best shape doing her DVDS–I highly recommend the new one called “Ripped in 30”. Also, if you like yoga, her “Yoga Meltdown” is amazing since it’s cardio plus strength and it really makes your muscles nice and lean. Highly recommend it!
Post # 5
@Shirinjoon: She’s just so annoying though! How do you stand it??
Post # 6
I’ve been doing elliptical and Jillian and my legs/hips/butt have gotten much smaller–but I also think it’s just how you’re built. I’ve been working out like crazy and barely lost anything in my waist and torso, but my hips are tiny now. I’m sure no matter what you do, if you’re dieting and exercising, you’ll be a hotter, skinnier version of yourself!
Oh, and I deal w/ how annoying she is by blasting Pandora on the Lady Gaga station, and just focusing on which muscles I’m working out.
Post # 7
@MrsMcGyro: See, I like her because she’s no BS and I get really motivated by her attitude. I’ve had other workout videos where the instructor is all sweet and it pisses me off because I want someone to whip my butt into shape haha! I’m telling you, Jillian’s videos are the ONLY ones that get me in the hottest shape the fastest. I workout with her 2 times a week, 20 minutes–and I don’t do any other type of exercise. Just with that alone (and good eating) I am in fantastic shape.
Post # 8
Damn you @Shirinjoon! Your 20 min a day workout sounds a lot better than my hour and a half DAILY workouts. I’m very tempted to try it out now…
I can tell from your post that you have a very high tolerance for witch-faced trainers, but when you’re not completely ripped after 30 days of minimally working out, is your bottom half usually a tough area for you? I don’t want to bother unless I have a solid testimonial here lol.
Post # 9
I have to disagree that doing weights on your lower half will cause them to bulk up. This is one of the biggest fitness myths out there. As women, it is not exactly easy for us to add muscle. You would have to really make it your goal to “bulk up” your thighs for it to happen, and also be eating considerable excess calories.
I don’t mean this disrespectfully, because my thighs are also one of my problem areas, but most likely the bulkiness of your thighs is being caused by excess fat rather than muscle. There is also a temporary water retention effect that the muscles have directly after training that can sometimes make the area you just worked on appear bulkier than normal.
I have reduced the size of my thighs through training with heavy weights. I know it seems counter intuitive, but it has helped me to lose fat all-over (including thighs) while building some muscle. The result has been overall smaller thighs, and what’s left has a much better shape due to the muscle I’ve built.
I guess it also depends on what look you are going for. I like the look of defined muscles but I’m sure there are plenty of women who prefer a more slender, slim look to their legs. Unfortunately, genetics will pretty much dictate this for you!