Jillian Michaels – Tighten Up Your Thighs

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I really like how my quads and hams have started tightening up, but my inner thighs have a long way to go. Any suggestions for exercises that will help this area?

A:  Sadly, this is where your body chooses to deposit its fat. Genetically speaking, your body is predisposed to carry weight there, so that will be the last place it’s going to come off. The best thing you can do is watch what you eat and keep training. This will help you lose weight in general — and eventually those problem areas are gonna have to give!That said, if strengthening the muscles in this area is the goal, I prefer old-school Jane Fonda leg lifts. They target the muscle you want to hit without creating bulk. I know this isn’t exactly the answer you’re looking for, but it’s the truth, and if you stay the course, your inner thighs WILL tighten up. Just keep doing what you’re doing! 

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July 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

Widen your Squat to target your Butt

In the August 2009 Men’s Health, they suggest (with research backingsquat it up) that widening your stance in a squat recruits your glutes as well as targets your quads and hams.  Squat with feet twice hip distance apart.  I have read this before and keep feet closer together to target lower quads/hams and wider for upper quads and glutes.

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

Simple Butt workout

I was not impressed with my butt when I was looking at it in a change room mirror.  So I’m going to train my butt hard.  I like Carmen’s workout because it is simple, and has 2 different routines so you can do one on say Monday and do the second one on Thursday. 

Here’s the summary:

Day 1

Dead Lifts (4-5 sets of 12-15 reps)
Leg Curls (3-4 sets of 15 reps)
Forward Lunges (5 sets of 20 reps)
Squats (3-4 sets of 15-20)

Day 2

Leg Extensions (3-4 sets of 15 reps)
Backward Lunges (4-5 sets of 20 reps)
Leg Presses (4-5 sets of 15 20 reps) I increase weight with each set.
Stepping on bench with light weights (3 sets of 20 reps)

Her site also has videos and descriptions of the above exercises as well as printable routines.  Check it out: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/carmen10.htm

June 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise. 1 comment.

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