(Closed) Trimming down those thighs?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Unfortunately, you can’t spot reduce. You need to lose fat overall in order to reduce the size of your thighs. Everyone’s different in terms of fat loss: some people lose from their boobs first, others from their stomachs, others from their thighs etc. This is all due to genetics and, sadly, isn’t changeable.

For fat loss, focus on cardio as well as lifting heavy weights. Interval training and HIIT are great for fat loss.

Post # 4
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

There is no way to make yourself lose the fat from your thighs unless your body wants to. Your specific genetic makeup says your body wants to store its fat in your thighs (some women hold onto it in their belly, some in the hips, etc.). The only thing that will make you lose the weight in your thighs is to keep a strict diet and hopefully the fat falls off 🙂

However, you can work on strengthening exercises and stretches for your legs so that way when the fat does melt away you have gorgeous, toned legs!

Post # 5
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Try Pilates! Mari Windsor has a DVD of 10 minute workouts, one is focused  on hips and thighs. It’s great!

Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As the other have said, it’s hard to lose weight in certain areas only.  Cardio, keeping a good diet, interval training, and weight workouts are your best bet.

Post # 7
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You can’t really target one area of your body to work on and guarantee to see results there – wouldn’t that be fantastic though if you could?!  Haha!  One thing that my personal trainer taught me was that you need a mix of cardio and strength training – you need to build the muscle to help lose the fat because muscle burns fat.  One way to get both of these in a single workout is to do circuit training where you are rotating through several exercises (ex. do a set of 20 for each exercise) and then repeat all the excerises three or four times.  This can be done so that you keep your heart rate up for the cardio while you work on strengthening and toning your muscles.  If you specifically want to work on your thigh area, focus on lower body exercises that work your butt, hamstrings, and quadriceps.  Your diet may also affect this, but again, it all depends on where your body gains and loses weight!  Good luck and I hope you see some results! 

Post # 8
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

1. Spinning2. Running3. Lunges & squats

I think you need to introduce more aggressive workouts targeting your thighs. If you’re losing weight already, then I’d do any (or all) of the 3 to give your thighs a fat blast. I swear by spinning. I lost 10 inches off my hips (in 4 months) when I first started spinning. I lost the inches & developed a great looking behind. 🙂

Keep up the weight-loss & don’t get discouraged! You can’t spot reduce, but you can target muscles in workouts. By doing so, you’ll see faster results than through diet alone.

Post # 9
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I agree with babyboo about strength.  I do almost only strength training and the only cardio I do is jump-rope.  One thing that helps tone my upper outer thighs is this:

get down on all fours.

Rest a hand weight in the crook of the back of your knee.  I started out with one 8lb weight but now I double the 8lb weights up.

Lift the leg with the weight up with your leg still bent.  Do mini lifts, pumping your foot up in the air.  I do 50 of those, then switch legs.

Post # 10
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Interval training is key!  

*Look into Tabata Sprints…they’re quick and effective*

Strength training-squats, lunges, and deadlifts.

That’s the best I can do for my thighs.  Exercise and eat a bit healthier. Remember change is slow.  

The best program I do is Harley Pasternak’s Five Factor Fitness Plan (I only do the workouts, not the diet plan).  My cardio is the tabata sprints.  I eat what I want. I just factor in things such as spacing my carbs 5-6 hours apart and not eating 2 hours before and 2 hours after exercising.  The food I eat is usually around 30-40% carbs.  (helpful podcast=cutthefatpodcast.com) I hope that helps.  It works really well for me.

Post # 12
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

im totally in love with the physique 57 workouts– honestly, after a month of continuous use, i’m totally addicted to them and i can totally tell that my thighs are slimmer and more muscular, there are lots of thigh centered moves that really help you build muscle there.

Post # 13
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

As others have mentioned, you can’t spot reduce. But, cardio and a healthy diet will help with fat loss. If you want to tone and firm up those areas, I’d recommend pilates! I absolutely love it.

Post # 14
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have always found Rollerbladding to be the best workout for my legs. If your form is proper, and you do it for a work out, not only is it great cardio, but you work on your core and REALLY strengthen your thighs! My legs were never so skinny and toned!

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