Post # 1
I need some help! I went to try on my dress on Saturday and the thighs didn’t fit! I was devastated! I’ve been doing crossfit 3x a week and following a paleo diet (with 1 cheat a week) and have actually lost 7lbs and toned up a ton. I didn’t order my dress smaller size or anything, so my only thought is that all the weight training and squats has bulked up my thighs. How do I thin them out? Do I do bar method, pilates, running? I have about 3 months to get this sorted out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
What are you doing for legs right now?
Post # 4
Crossfit workouts, so olympic lifting, lots of weighted squats, box jumps, etc.
Post # 5
Low weight, high rep! Thats the best way to tone without bulking up
Post # 6
@MrsNerdy: Gonna second that….your thighs shouldn’t have gotten TOO big, because women’s bodies aren’t really built for that…but Olympic lifting is different. I would focus on lower weights and try to integrate cardio in…things like jump squats, lunges which work with your own body weight are especially good. Think plyometrics.
Post # 7
Agree with PP’s advice.
Water retention can also be a culprit, so make sure that you are drinking enough water–or drink more (more water = more flushing it out of the body; less water = body retaining more). And make sure you’re giving your muscles enough time between workouts to rest–especially if you are doing heavy lifting (versus say, running). Your muscles will retain water in order to help them rebuild the micro-tears you get from training, and that can cause some swelling.
You can also try exercises like pilates and yoga. I’m a yogi, and have found that typically, the postures will be working one muscle group and stretching/lengthening another. The dynamicism of this might help you train leaner muscles, although it ultimately depends on the natural inclinations of your own body–some people just bulk up more quickly than others.
And this is a last-resort sort of option, but there are regimens involving NATURAL diuretics to help you flush out water (NOT taking pills or things like that). These involve things like dandelion tea and lemon juice and asparagus–stuff like that. I think Jillian Michaels did a post on it once (you can look up her name and it’s something like ‘how to lose 5 pounds quickly’). I’m not advocating that you do this all the time, but it is a dietary adjustment that you can do for a week to address bloating.
Post # 8
If you didn’t have a dress to fit into, I’d say, keep doing exactly what you are doing because it sounds like you are having excellent results!
I think like a PP mentioned that the increase in size of your thighs is from some beginner’s muscle gains and water retention. I still think you should continue along with what you are doing because you will continue to drop fat and some of that fat will come from your thighs, and your thighs will get smaller without growing much new muscle. Your wedding is still months away so you will have time to leave this beginner’s stage and see the true effects of your regimen.
Disclaimer: I’m not a trainer, just someone interested in weight lifting and fitness