(Closed) Stupid thigh fat, I hate you.

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 32
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Helper bee

And one last thing . . . remember the law of specificity, i.e., your body will become efficient at whatever it is routinely asked to do, and as a result, you will see diminishing returns for your efforts if you do not change the demand you place on your body every once in a while.  Running the same amount of time for the vast majority of your workouts means that your body is going to become more efficient at running, which means that you will burn fewer calories (because your body has adapted).  You would probably see more results if you changed your cardio (intervals instead of mostly steady-state) and added in resistance training.  There is such a thing as too much cardio.

Post # 33
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Helper bee

*gah!* My thread killing continues . . . dun-dun-dun (<— dramatic music) πŸ˜›

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am pretty much your body twin (5’4 with short legs that seem to never slim down to my liking).  I run and run and run and it helps a bit, but I find that what helps me is intervals on the treadmall.  Short bursts of 30 seconds where you run as fast as you possibly can stand, then slow it back down for two minutes, then up for 30 seconds.  You can do this for 20 minutes and it will do more for you than running at the same pace for 45 minutes. 

Also, I second the idea for trying pilates, or a dance class like ballet.  I know… kind of crazy.. but they lengthen your muscles while strengthening, which definitely helps. 

I also like doing resistance training that focuses on the hamstrings and inner/outer thighs (your gym probably has those machines where you sit down and push in or press out with your knees… you feel kind of inappropriate at first but it targets that muscle group).  I find that by toning up those areas it helps to get a nice shape to my legs.  If you just tone your quads, then you end up with linebacker legs and it’s not as pretty.

Good luck!  πŸ™‚

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

UG. I KNOW! I hate my thighs, the way they make me look in my “professional pants” is like an middle aged women who also has fat thighs. Might just be my pants. And to those of you who are middle aged, you know my aim here, I’m 26 and when I look at my thighs I feel 36!

The ONLY thing that keeps me from weeping is that my Fiance loves my…thickness. I told him to enjoy it while it lasts!

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

I run, spin and do the elliptical and have also wanted to find something that would slim my upper thighs a little, not just work them out.  I’ve tried a lot of things and have a lot of muscle tone in my legs, but I wanted to thin them out a little–get more of a long and lean look.  I still do a lot of cardio, but I wanted to do something different.

I’ve actually been doing a DVD that I really like lately that seems to be working.  It’s by Tracy Anderson, who is a celebrity trainer.  She trains Gwyenth Paltrow (among others) and I saw some of her workouts on Gwyneth’s website.  I have the Mat Workout and a lot of the moves are based on ballet/dance routines.  They don’t look hard when you watch, but you definitely will feel it later.  I’ve noticed the difference in my thighs and upper arms after just a couple of weeks.  It might be worth a try if you’re looking for something a little different.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Jessie- yeah i’ve tried the Tracy Anderson Method too!! its really good! the only thing that i find its hard to do everyday or every other day because it seems so long to me! but i do feel better afterward!!

 

ugh, but i feel y’all on the thighs!! my constant struggle!

Post # 38
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Sugar bee

@krissybee, I agree, it is a LONG workout to have to do everyday (or 4-6x week like she suggests).  I’ve been able to do it now that I’m on summer vacation, but in the past, I’ve broken it up into parts, like doing the arm series one day and the legs the next. 

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

First of all, congrats on being able to run that hard and that long!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

Second, have you tried using machines as well to gain tone? I like to do pilates (I like the basic winsor dvds) and the 30 day shred but I also like nautilus equiptment ..they have it at most YMCA’s..I prefer it over free weights, it is safer and the work outs can be done quickly (I spend about 20 mins on the machines and then 30 on the treadmill or other cardio). That really helps me tone up my thighs/arms/etc

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Jessie- oo thats a great idea! i’m going to try that. i really like that workout too… i think the music is nice! and she is just too cute πŸ˜€

Post # 41
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Sugar bee

@krissybee, I think Tracy is too darn cute, too.  My sister thinks she has “the crazy eyes”.  Btw, I have a great 5 minute Tracy arm workout from Gwyneth Paltrow’s website if you want me to send you the link, PM me.  I do it everyday, cuz it’s only 5 minutes.

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

wow! congrats on your hard work, I bet youll look great on your wedding day! Just keep at it, I think we all wish we were one of those skinny girls πŸ™‚

Post # 44
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I hope your health reasons get better soon!

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