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Best exercise for losing weight on hips and thighs?

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muminthecity Sat 27-Jul-13 21:20:58

I have recently lost just over 3 stone with a combination of Slimming World and visiting the gym. The weight loss is really showing on my stomach, waist and arms, but my hips and thighs are still huge! Can anyone recommend a particular exercise that is good for these areas? Something that I can do either at the gym or at home? (The gym I go to is very modern and fully equipped with every machine known to man!) Thank you in advance thanks

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 21:21:36


muminthecity Sat 27-Jul-13 21:26:51

Thanks HeySoulSister. Sorry for being so dim, but is there a specific technique, or do you just literally, um, squat? grin How many do you think I should aim to do in one go?

noviceoftheday Sat 27-Jul-13 21:34:24

A stepper machine. Hurts like hell to start with but if you stick with then its like magic stuff for thighs. The difference is amazing. It also helps your cardiovascular endurance, i think its a case of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

CoteDAzur Sat 27-Jul-13 21:40:39


HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 22:33:04

There's a squat challenge somewhere

You go down to sitting position. I do loads. I have that thigh gap thing now

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 22:33:32

Yes, running as well! grin

muminthecity Sat 27-Jul-13 22:36:02

I have tried running on the treadmill - I was not very good at it! I'm relatively new to the gym and terribly unfit. Would very fast walking count? I will try the stepping. Thanks for all of your suggestions.

muminthecity Sat 27-Jul-13 22:36:40

Will definitely try the squatting as well.

mercury7 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:11:00

you can target different muscles to firm up by working them, but (as far as I know) you cant much control which area's of your body fat is lost from...sadly it goes from where ever it wants to go fromsad

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 23:16:58

There is some research on this

It's quite well known that sprints strip belly fat for example

mercury7 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:20:45

really Soulsister?
I'm sceptical
is it just running that strips belly fat, or would other activities using the same muscle groups at the same level of energy expenditure have the same effect?

I suspect it's just that sprinting is very intense and it's hard to reach that level with other activities

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 23:24:00

Not running no, sprinting. I don't know the science behind it but I was told this by my PT, so I quickly googled and saw some confirmation. Still sceptical myself I started sprinting (with PT)

I'm buying lots of belts these days.

AnythingNotEverything Sat 27-Jul-13 23:24:07

If you mean"lose weight" as in "make smaller" as in "tone up" the. Heysoulsister is right - squats are your friend.

Check out YouTube for technique videos, or ask someone at the gym to show you. Technique is really important! Lunges are also great. Once you get your technique right you can add weights to make it suitably hard.

If you're working your muscles in this way, up your lean protein intake too.

CooEeeEldridge Sat 27-Jul-13 23:24:23

Running! The only thing that really impacts your body shape I find.

mercury7 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:29:45

hmm, I suspect that other exercise would work as well if it was performed at the same intensity as sprinting, but no matter, glad to hear that people have found things that worksmile

I think fat stored below the waist tends to be the last to go?

CooEeeEldridge Sat 27-Jul-13 23:34:02

I always agreed with you mercury, and do a lot of double / triple high intensity aerobics classes, which definitely keep me trim. But running (and for me it's 6mile plus runs that show benefits) really show quickly, so if I'm conscious of wearing a tight dress a couple of runs in the days before always sort me out, and sustained periods of running dramatically changed my waist shape. On the other hand I think there's a knack to getting to know what impacts you as an individual.

mercury7 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:39:47

sure, but if you measured your hr during the double / triple high intensity aerobics classes and compared it to a run I suspect it'd be higher and/or more sustained with the run?

but I do hear you CooEee there does seem to be something 'magic' about running

redwellybluewelly Sat 27-Jul-13 23:46:29

Have you heard of the couch to 5k challenge?

Have a google or there is a long standing thread on here somewhere.

I've almost 3 stone to lose and im hoping to start this very soon hoping I will see benefits of weight loss all over but particularly on my thighs!

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 23:48:32

Is that about 10k then? Rubbish at converting miles

CoteDAzur Sun 28-Jul-13 07:05:53

Squats and lunges are a great way to screw up your knees & hips, especially if your relevant muscles aren't reasonably strong to start with and/or you are over 35.

CoteDAzur Sun 28-Jul-13 07:08:07

Muminthecity - Nobody is any good at running to start with. That is why we have started slowly and with run/walk/run type interval training programs like C25K.

HeySoulSister Sun 28-Jul-13 09:35:14

Er, why over 35??

NoComet Sun 28-Jul-13 09:55:34

No idea, my knees have had attitude since I was at school

charitygirl Sun 28-Jul-13 10:01:58

I rate Jillian Michael's Killer Buns and Thighs. My thighs look a lot leaner and firmer now.

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