How would I make my legs thinner? what workouts should I do? Here is a picture of what my legs look like (Not my picture but my legs look basically the same)
What can I do to improve them? and what are the problem areas? Is it possible to make my inner thigh smaller? thanks!
First, there's no photo.
Second, I'm guessing that your legs probably look like normal legs.
Third, you cannot reduce fat in one specific area. You have to lower your overall body fat.
Fourth, if you're not doing it already, lift heavy weights. It will do wonders for not only your legs but your entire body.
There was no photo because I thought you could just copy and paste a photo into the post but you cant so I have now managed to get a link for it. !
Is there any exercises you can do at home without gym euiptment? or if there was gym equiptment what type would I have to buy? I dont have the room for a weight bench. Thanks
A barbell, weight plates, adjustable dumbbells and an exercise ball are what I have at home. I'm currently following New Rules of Lifting for Women.
However, if you want your legs to get smaller that means you need to lose body fat and that is all diet-related. In other words, eat fewer calories than you burn.
Lose weight. When your body gets thinner, so will your legs. :)
Just don't undereat and remember to do toning exercises to retain muscle. If you don't eat enough or don't tone, your legs will just get skinny-fat and VERY unattractive. xD
First off let me say that I have legs just like yours. Losing weight will help with the overall size, however the shape will remain the same. And I don't know about you but that always bugged the hell out of me. It wasn't until I started doing heavy lifting that I noticed a difference, my legs will never be long and gazelle like, however, they are rock solid and I managed to get rid of the excess fat around my knees and ankles, which in my opinion is a much better aesthetic.
Not much you can do to make your legs much thinner if they are like the picture. You can make them firmer and much more defined and shapely but they wont get skinny, including the inner thigh. If that is how you are made then that is it unfortunately.
I have similar legs. I lost weight which helped to a point, but they only started to look good once I upped the exercise. I found running to be the best exercise for me for overall leg toning. For added benefit, do squats and lunges, stair climbing. But it wont happen overnight.
My legs, however, are now great if I do say so myself!
I had similar legs to you and have had a lot of success with weight lifting. Squats, lunges and deadlifts have really shaped them, so they go in and out in the right places. They have also gotten smaller (including inner thighs), but only since cleaning up my diet as well.
Like the others said - dieting can make them smaller but resistance training will help you lose the fat while preserving the muscle, so they are nice and shapely.
@swearimn: how did you manage to get rid of the excess fat around your knees and ankles? I do lift weights already (though not as heavy as you, from from what you described in another thread, but heavy enough). What kind of deficit do/did you maintain? Did you do something specific for cardio/additional calorie burn?
I usually eat 1800 to 2000 calories, honestly at this point I don't pay much attention to my deficit although I imagine that is in part because of my intense workouts and the fact that I work in a hospital (aka running my ass off all night). additional cardio includes HIIT for 15 minutes and sometimes if I am at home and have time I do tabata training for 15 minutes. I also noticed a big difference when I started to incorporate power moves in my weight lifting. I don't know how to share the link, but you tube Erin Stern doing a snatch or a clean :) awesome.
OP--I suggest we all take a leaf out of swearimn's book. Sounds badass . And the best way to achieve a decent figure without changing out genetics.
Upto Dec 2010 i dod no exercise. then from Jan 2011 I started running at least once a week. I am now doing minimum of 5 miles every Saturday. As well as weight loss I have really noticed that my calves have become toned and a lot thiner.
Bad word! Bad word!
Sorry, it's just that people who use the words "tone", "thin", "firm" and "legs" in the same sentence are usually peddling a Pink Dumbbell workout with the yogalates-du-jour variant catering to the same pernicious myths about female fitness that have been circulating for the past 110 years. Which is doing women a terrible disservice in the name of profit.
Anyway - it's a function of lower body fat and genetics that predisposes certain somatypes to have an advantage in certain sports, but it doesn't work in reverse. I'm medium height, very broad shouldered, heavy bone structure - I won't turn fine-boned with narrow shoulders and small joints no matter how much I run. So... to run to get runner's legs is not exactly the same thing as playing basketball to grow taller, but it's something of a similar nature if you're up against your frame size and bone structure.
To take up sprinting to get lean and muscular is also somewhat misguided no matter what the interval-only gurus will tell you. Sprinters spend a lot of time in the weight room to get stronger and more explosive, but before the sport embraced weight training as integral to performance sprinters didn't use to look so different from middle distance runners. Well, the performance-enhancing drugs also helps, I'm sure...
You can get closer to the somatype your genetics predispose you for just by controlling calorie intake and get moving in whatever fashion appeals to you, but assuming calorie control using weights and strength training is a more efficient and effective route to any goals that involve appearance, your genes will express differently under a strength training stimulus - usually more in line with your appearance goals.
Endurance performance is a different issue, if you want to be a runner or a biker then you've got to put in the miles - putting in the miles may or may not reshape your body, but it will ensure performance.
Ah, okay. So it is more a case of people with lean legs being more likely to become serious runners, than serious running being likely to produce lean legs?
A little bit of both, but yes, it's a kind of confirmation bias. A lot of people run, but only a percentage of them look like our idealized image of a runner, and only that percentage that looks that way almost regardless of what they're doing for exercise will have much luck if they're trying to perform at a high level in the sport of running.
And yep, they'd look quite a bit like a runner even if they took up swimming, kendo or rock climbing instead; though they might get to look like a middle-short distance runner instead of a marathon runner if they took up weight lifting with sufficient training volume. Genetic limits are a bugger, at least if yours happen to be different from the look you want.
You can somewhat escape that by manipulating muscle size and whatnot, but there's only so much you can do and it doesn't include reshaping your muscle length - barring surgery.