Post # 1
Can use some advice. Weight wise, I’m in the normal range. I want to work on tonning my stomach but most of all, I REALLY want a more defined waist.
Can you suggest an exercise regime that will help??
Below are photos of me trying my dress on in the shop (it was big so is pinned in)
Post # 3
@linnylou_88: This may not be the answer you want to hear, but training your glutes (as in getting a bigger, muscular butt) will define your waist by increasing the waist to hip ratio. This may sound terrible but we are not talking about fat, we are talking about muscle. I highly recommend doing dead lifts or squats with large weights, depending on your experience, start with dumbbells and work up to barbells. Probably get a personal trainer or work with a friend who knows how to do that if you haven’t done those exercises before. This will also tone your arms and legs, as an added bonus. This may sound like the craziest advice you have ever heard, what with all the misinformation in the media, but trust me, this is the healthy, fun, easy, functional, and long-lasting results way to go! Also, do some planks to tone up your core and that will tighten it up a little bit.
To be honest, this is my suggestion to you because it does not look like you have any weight to lose in your core and toning your abs won’t help because it won’t reduce the soft tissue around your waist. And also you look gorgeous in your dress! I don’t think you really even need to do any of these things if you don’t want to!
Post # 4
@nawella: Thank you for your suggestion! So, by doing this will my hips get bigger? (I don’t mind this, I like being a pear shape). Will my butt also get bigger?
Because I’m not hapy with my waist I’m cutting out foods which I know is not the way to go since my weight is only just on the normal side and losing say 5lb will make me underweight, but I feel like I need to try and do something.
If I make sure I’m doing the correct exercises then I’ll hopefully get the end result I want (and not have to cut out crisps completely!!)
Post # 5
@linnylou_88: Yes, your hips and butt will get bigger, but in a muscular way, so your muscles will be more defined, and because it’s muscle it will keep a lovely form. As long as you don’t start lifting 150 lbs or more (not really sure what that would be in kilos) your butt will not get abnormally large like a body builder. Another added bonus is just feeling stronger!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Pilates tones the entire core makes you lean with ballet dancer lines.
I really dont think you need to lose weight at all. I think you would look unhealthy any smaller.
Post # 7
If you want to train your glutes, I’m currently working on a 30-day exercise program from YouTube (hope you can access this channel from where you are!) on a channel called BeFit. It’s free, I know I sound like a commercial… I just really like it. It’s called something like 30-day Butt Lift program… I forget exactly what it’s called.
Anyway, each video is only 10 minutes long, and you start off with one session per day… but they’re more difficult than they look! I’m sore, but I’ve really been enjoying it.
Also I understand that Russian Twists are a good exercise to trim your waist a bit.
OH! And planks are supposed to be great for that as well.
But it was really good to know about the glutes, because I wasn’t doing these exercises to trim my waist. I’d like to define my waist more as well, but I’m pretty much in the same boat as you – I don’t have much to lose there, so I might have to strengthen somewhere else! 🙂
Post # 8
@CakeyP: I will check it out! Are you finding that by working on your glutes your waist seems more defined?
Post # 9
Look up exercises for obliques! Those are the muscles that pull a woman’s waist in
Post # 10
@linnylou_88: Actually, yes! No joke!
The program has cardio in it sometimes, so that’s helping with my wasit as well. So I’m probably losing a bit of weight while gaining a bit of muscle.
I started to realize that I should be doing a bit of exerise up top to balance, so after every session I do as many pushups I can muster. Which is like 10… I am pathetically out of shape.
Post # 11
I had good results using this series and it has a lot of focus on squats which, like pp said, will help shape your muscles and define you all over. Once I could get through the whole video without pain I started using dumbbells for most of the exercises. After about three weeks I moved on to the gym to focus on weights, though I still do a video from time to time to keep my bum in shape! It’s amazing what muscle tone will do for the shape of a body.
Post # 12
@CakeyP: If that’s 10 real (not on your knees) pushups that’s pretty good, best way to build those up is repetition. I used to be able to manage over 25 full pushups! I get about 15 now, lost a lot of fitness
I like the idea of building up my bum – if I can turn the flab at my hips into muscle it’d look pretty good, I think I am a nice width 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@linnylou_88: You don’t need to do ANYTHING to your stomach. It is perfect!!!
And I’ve read that you can’t “exercise” the fat away from any area. Yo ucan only eat less, lose weirght and sort of tone. Probably not what you want to hear.
Post # 14
How you’re built matters too. It looks like your hips bones are pretty close to your ribcage, so there’s not much room for a waist.
Post # 15
Pure Barre works for me. It’s pilates/yoga/ballet moves to tone you up.
Post # 16
Reformer pilates twice a week has done wonders to my body shape. I now have a defined waist and I’m so thrilled. Best yet is that I love attending my classes. I also do yoga once a week.