(Closed) bottom heavy

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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450 posts
Helper bee

@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 # 6
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1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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450 posts
Helper bee

@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.

 

Do it!!

Post # 9
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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!

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