Tuesday, November 16, 2010

For you exercise gurus... help me please!

I exercise about 3 times a week.  I do 10 minutes on the elliptical on high resistance, 20 minutes walking at a 4.3 mi/hr pace on the highest incline, 10 minutes of ab-work, and 20 minutes on a few different leg machines to work my outer thighs, inner thighs, quads, glutes, etc.

My legs have sort of toned up.  However, my ass has gotten really round.  Way too big for my liking.  And my thighs have grown in mass.

How do I do the OPPOSITE of this?

I want my legs to be streamlined and fit; not chunky and big.

Should I cut out the weight training?  Let up on the glute machine?



  1. I think that happens when you use the leg machines. It's using a lot of muscle so some running and not using leg weights should work(: My mom told me this, btw. That's why I only use 2 lb arm weights. Don't let the ED get the best of you, you're doing so great(:

  2. I am REALLY reluctant to comment here...cause, well I am not a finess guru nor fitness role model. I am, however, a girl experienced in working out and a girl that has stringently avoided high resistances and inclines on elliptical and treadmill. And the bike. For precisely those reasons. And I wount go near a stair machine.
    (I only swim now-a-days which I will highly recommend. So peaceful and addictive and its a total body workout that keeps you streamlined.)

    But most importantly I would fear you are not embracing your natural, strong body? So...if your quads and glutes truly feel uncomfortable and are perhaps sore most of the time I would stick to lower resistance and inclines and also that you pick up yoga.
    They say you can't "lengthen" muscles but I really think you can for some reason. Plus yoga is awesome.

    But really make sure it is not the ED demons attacking you. Okay? If you are sore and feel tight and uncomfy, maybe your body is telling you something. If you feel fat and gross and huge and ...you know the drill...well then you know "who" that voice belongs to.

  3. Thanks Danielle & Missy =)

    It's not that I feel fat and gross. I'm just beginning to feel too 'built' in my lower body. NOT what I want! =P

    Thanks for the pointers. I will definitely be dropping the weight lifting and the inclines and using myself as a lab rat. Hehe.

  4. Alright heres some advice. I am a personal trainer in Canada. I highly suggest you read my blog that I posted today about the fear of "bulking up" as a woman, it will really clear up your thoughts on that. As for your current question, I suggest maintaining your current workout but try to focus more on increasing the heart rate as that will promote weight loss. Weight loss happens in the reverse order that it happend. For example if you gained weight in the thighs, then the hips, then the stomach it will burn off in a reverse order. (stomach, hips, then thighs). And it does take about 12 weeks for noticeable results to show in all areas. Feel free to contact me on my blog if you have any other questions or if you'd like me to clear it up even more! Thanks!


  5. On a side note to my comment above as I read your last comment, the results of being more "built" than you would like is most likely a result of water weight that your muscles will naturally use to recover. If you were to take 2 or 3 days off they would not look as "built".

    Best of Luck!


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