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Re: Diane: some ideas for you

Re: Diane: some ideas for you

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Posted by John Nixon on October 29, 2000 at 03:38:32:

In Reply to: Re: we need answers!!!/Not a Problem posted by diane on October 28, 2000 at 09:51:30:

: : : i need to know if anyone has any idea what the best leg exersises are. i see all these posts about abs. abs, abs, abs...its driving me nuts! everyone answers those questions but the ones about thighs no-one responds to. why is that?! not everyone has a big belly. i have a small waist and big legs. i'd rather have a fat stomach and skinny legs that what i've got now. so please if anyone knows about leg excerise please respond...i know you guys must work on more than just abs. please, for me and for everyone else who posts thigh questions. thanks

: : Hi Diane,
: : I would be glad to try to help you but need answers to these questions:

: : 1. What type of equipment do you have access to? Are you in a commercial gym, at home, etc?

: : 2. What are your long term and short term goals?

: : There are endless exercises for the lower body; some better than others. If you reply to these questions, I'd be glad to put something together for you.

: : JOHN

: : hey john! thanks for responding :)
: to answer your questions, i work out at home. i dont have any excersise equipment. i always use videos or ideas i get out of magazines. right now i'm trying callanetics. ever hear of it? i get bored of aerobics fast, actually i get bored of everything real fast. i wish i didn't but i do. my short term goals are the same as my long term goals. to have toned, lean legs. i'm very curvy, my measurements are 36, 26, 38. and i'm 5 foot 7. i dont want to lose that much because i dont want to look sickly, but i want to lose 2-4 inches on my hips/thighs (the 38), i know it doesn't sound like much, but its enough to make me feel better about myself. thanks again for responding.

Hi Diane:
You would see much quicker results if you apply resistance to your training. Your goal of reducing your legs and hips is attainable but you must give yourself a chance to succeed. I have no doubt those exercise videos you speak of are helpful and productive up to a point; that point being after a certain amount of time, exercise intensity must be increased to continue to see improvements. Weights are the quickest, surest way to do this. So...I suggest you purchase a set of weights along with a bench press or join a gym. Also, purchase a beginning women's weight training book (there are many on the market) and learn the exercises by name and function. I think by doing these things and applying yourself to a good, weight training program, your boredom will disappear because you will see progress. If you join a gym, you have many exercises to choose from. If you don't you are more limited in leg exercises. Let me just add you should work the entire body with a bit more emphasis (time) devoted to your lower body. Here's what I think are the best exercises in your case:

Squats 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Leg Curls 2 sets of 15-20 reps
Lunges 2 sets of 8-10 reps

A commercial gym will give you access to leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses, calf machines, all good exercises.

Also, you did not mention your diet. Since you're looking to reduce, cut back on your total caloric intake while eating a good, healthy diet.

Hope this helps....

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