For women, more than often, trying to find those perfect butt thigh workouts for a shapely lower body will make you insane!
For many, it’s gets to the point where it ruins your summer or affects everything from the clothes you wear to crushing your self esteem!
And as you try butt thigh workouts after another you become more and more frustrated that nothing seems to be working.
To help set you on track here’s some “do’s and don’ts on how to ensure your trouble spots don’t get the better of you!
1. A big mistake that most folk make when trying to fix a trouble spot is that they take off to the shops and buy the first butt thigh workouts or abs DVD etc that they can get their hands on.
Well guess what – this ain’t gonna fix it if you aren’t creating lean muscle all over – you need to train all body parts, not just your butt, thighs or abs etc. The more lean muscle you have helps raise your metabolism in turn reducing your body fat.
2. How many times have you thought you were performing exercises to reduce thighs on a trouble spot and this area just got bigger?
As well as training all your body parts you also need to realise that if this area is a spot where your fat stores the most, it will probably bulk up fairly quickly if you’re training routine doesn’t suit. For example: If you are performing the wrong butt thigh workouts for your needs you may end up throwing a spanner into your progress, finding that the results you’re getting aren’t what you planned for.
There are all kinds of exercises that you can do for each of your body parts. Some are great for building muscle mass and others are excellent for isolating, shaping or sculpting.
3. I don’t know how many times I have heard myself say this but if you aren’t eating correctly to suit your program and body shape then don’t expect miraculous results cause you won’t get them.
If you’re consuming an eating plan that actually increases the bulking up of a trouble spot area rather than helping reduce it then you are going to be very frustrated – along with kicking yourself for wasting time and money on a plan that doesn’t suit your needs!
4. If you are wanting to “tone” – then train for toning.
You need to keep this in mind when training for body shaping. For example: If you are A-framed (pear shaped) small shoulders and upper body, with your fat storage areas being your thighs and butt then building up your hips and thighs with heavy weights will only make your body appear out of proportion.
Over the years I have seen pear shaped women on eating plans that are preferable to hardgainers not to mention upping their weights on machines, or with free weights, performing around 8 reps at a time. They then whine that their butts and thighs are getting bigger. Hardly an effective butt thigh workout for an A-framed body.
Around 15 reps (and up to 20-25) per set, using light or no weights, is the best solution for toning. Using heavy weights and less reps of around 8 is aimed more for building muscle mass.
5. Are you relying on cardio alone to fix your trouble spots?
Well believe it or not this is often the case. So many people treadmill or bike it for 50 – 60 mins a day waiting for those trouble spots tone up. Instead they lose size and the trouble spots just become floppy. If you’ve already got a flat butt – sticking with the treadmill aint going to give you a hot Beyonce booty.
Resistance / weight training and cardio need to work hand in hand to create a lean, shapely and toned appearance. By performing hours of cardio and no weight training your muscle will start to deplete – as your muscle will burn off. This basically defeats the whole purpose of toning because it’s actually your muscle that creates the toned effect once the body fat is reduced.
If you want to successfully conquer your butt thigh workouts then make sure you get a program that includes or works in conjunction with a eating plan, cardio and full body resistance regime that are created to suit your body type and fitness goals. It will get you into shape a whole heap sooner and save you a bucket load of wasted time and cash. The faster you get stuck into a program that’s correct for you the sooner you will see successful results.
Happy training folks,
Yours in fun, health and fitness
© Mandy Gibbons
Virtual Fitness Trainer