Good morning to you all
Friday it is! I can definitely take that.
I could also take the brand new Hunger Games movie, some fro yo, a really long nap, new shoes, my husband, and time to read a good book.
But instead, let’s just go with what I can DO. Mmmkay? I can bring you a totally awesome targeted-area workout. (This area was requested by a reader–your wish is my command )
NOW, what you must know ahead of time is this : there is really no such thing as spot training. You can’t just do one exercise over and over for one area and expect that area to be lean, strong, fat-free, and sculpted after several rounds of that one exercise.
There is much more to getting sculpted, lean and strong (like eating well, getting in some moderate to intense cardio workouts, lifting, getting enough sleep, etc.)–but usually those areas of our body that we don’t necessarily love follow as sculpted & lean when those ‘other things’ are in place.
Those ‘other things’ are:
- speed training or HIIT work (in any area of cardio)
- eating whole foods (eating well!)
- avoiding junk, processed foods, refined sugars and flours, and trans fatty acids (i.e. fried foods, chips)
- getting quality sleep
- lifting weights consistently
- increasing weight selection as much as possible (no ‘dinky’ weights just because you’re a ‘girl’!!)
- getting as much physical activity as possible (taking stairs, walking further to the car, etc.)
- see other fitness advice and fat loss tips
The ‘saddlebags area’ is the place near the thighs, butt, and hips that tends to carry extra ‘stuff’ for women. As women we are designed to have our center of gravity be lower (hence why it’s so hard to do those darn pullups!) for child-carrying and childbirth. That is a beautiful thing!
What is not so awesome is that any extra fat storage tends to stick around in that saddlebags area even with weight loss and/or fat loss.
However, when those above fit tips are in place, the following workout can help you minimize the jiggle, get that toned look, and wear your clothes with more confidence and less sucking in!
Remember resistance training (weight training is a type of this) builds muscle. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat–so any time you add these resistance moves to your workout, you add extra caloric burn via muscles!
This workout is designed to target the butt (hello gluteal muscles!), hips, and thigh areas. Enjoy!
Ready, set, GO! Remember, all the magic happens when you do something different from what you have been doing.
Have a lovely Friday!!
Oh, and because it’s Friday, check out more workouts and fitness moves (+ mine)! Thanks Lindsay :)
What are some of YOUR favorite moves to ‘target’ the saddlebags?? What are YOU going to change about your routine so YOU can get what YOU’ve been trying to reach??! Weekend plans?