I have always had a bad relationship with my thighs. My family calls them "Grazel Thighs." I come from a family notorious for big legs. Great.
I also did gymnastics 6 days a week for 8 years and sprinted in track. That's a recipe for big thighs and killer hamstrings. I got 'em baby! They used to really bother me. Like the time I went to several callbacks for a role on a show in Miami only to not get it and be told, "her thighs were too big." Talk about giving someone a complex.
|That's the hotness.|
For those of you who think lifting weights with your legs makes your thighs bigger- IT DOESN'T! Women don't have the hormone levels to pack on serious muscle. Muscle is actually more compact than fat. I've been strenght training with Kyle consistently for 3 years. In 2008 my thigh was 24" and today it is 20 1/2". I lift legs hard and heavier than 90% of women. So don't be afraid of the weights.
Through weight training I have finally "made peace" with my thighs. I realize it's hard for me to find jeans that fit. Loose in the waist, tight in the legs. It's okay. Who needs to spend $150 on demin anyway.
Besides specific exercises how can you thin your thighs? I almost hate to say this, but...by losing weight. It is hard to spot-train. Like doing 1000 situps won't give you abs unless your body fat is low enough to show abs. However losing some "el bees" can go a long way to losing inches in your thighs and all over. As well as giving you miles of self-confidence.
Here is a leg workout incorporate into your strength training routine for Suzanne Somers worthy thighs:
Add one exercise or more to your current routine. Or complete them as a workout and feel the burn.
- Single Leg/Split leg squat with dumbells- 2x12 each leg
-Single leg split squat with an exercise ball using a super-slow 5 second count on the way down - 2x12 each leg
|5 second count on the way down|
- Narrow leg press (keep your feet 4" apart) - 2x15
|Put your feet closer than this. This is just an example of leg press.|
|Step out and then back together. Walking towards the left 12 steps then to the right.|
Good luck! Remember that change takes time, but every second you're working in the gym you ARE getting STRONGER and LEANER!
Love and loving your body,
Carissa & Kyle