April 21st, 2006, 02:24 AM
How to Lose those hips?!?
I need to lose about 20lbs and a focus of that is in my hips/butt/upper thigh area. I just started working out 3 weeks ago--doing just the elliptical now (my knees are bad) for about 33 minutes per day, about 4 days a week on the "weight loss" program. What else can I do? What excercise will help my problem areas?
April 21st, 2006, 09:12 AM
Here is an article which I read:
If we were to look into the imaginary dictionary of honesty, we might find the following definition for the butt:
BUTT (but) n.
a. female -- The body part that every item of clothing manufactured makes "look bigger."
b. male -- What you slap when someone's scored a touchdown, home run, or goal. Also good for mooning.
Did I strike a nerve?
I want to make your life a whole lot easier by giving you my 10 best butt exercises. However, donít make the mistake of thinking that all you have to do is perform some of these exercises to get a great butt -- it takes a little more than that.
To get a dazzling booty, you still need to follow the rules of a calorie-reduced diet to lose body fat, cardiovascular exercise to burn calories and strength training for the entire body to stimulate the metabolism and tighten your muscles.
If youíre following the above guidelines, then the following exercises will help tighten and firm your valuable assets.
Some of the exercises may take the entire leg muscles into consideration, but thereís nothing wrong with that. The key is to make an impact on the glutes so we change our butt definition to, ďthe body part that every item of clothing manufactured makes bodacious looking."
THE 10 BEST BUTT EXERCISES:
1. Walking Lunges -- Stand with your feet hip width apart, grasp a pair of dumbbells with your arms straight at your sides, palms in. Take a large step forward and lower your body so that your front knee lines up with your ankle. The back knee is almost touching the floor. Push off with your back foot and take a large step forward with your other foot. Walk lunge 15 to 20 steps and then turn around and return to the start, using the same form. You should contract your glutes on the lowering of each movement.
2. Extension Step Ups -- Grasp a pair of dumbbells by your sides with palms facing the side of the body. Stand behind a 6- to 12-inch high step (normally used in aerobic step classes) and keep your arms straight. Step onto the middle of the step with your right foot and then lift your left knee high (to hip height). Step down with your left foot, then repeat on the right side. This is a great one and youíll really feel it. ---
3. Bent Leg Reverse Kick Up -- Start this exercise on your hands and knees on a mat. Raise your left leg up until it is parallel with the floor with a slight bend in the knee. Support your weight with your arms and right leg. While contracting the butt, lift your left leg up and toward the ceiling, maintaining a bend in the knee. Slowly return to the starting position. After completing the set on the left side, repeat on the right side. To increase the difficulty, you may want to add an ankle weight to the working leg.
4. Lying Gluteus Lift -- Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Place your arms at your sides for support. Contracting the glutes, project your hips up toward the ceiling as you lift your glutes off the floor. Slowly return to the starting position, stopping just short of your glutes touching the floor. Exhale while lifting your butt, and inhale while returning to the starting position.
5. Smith Machine Rear Squat -- I prefer free weights, but for safety reasons, a Smith machine will work just fine. Place the bar across the back of your shoulders. Be sure itís not resting on your neck. Your feet should be shoulder-distance apart. Lower the weight, keeping your knees behind the toes at all times. Think of sitting back into a chair and contract the glutes on the lowering phase. Stop when the knees are at a 90-degree angle. Return to the starting position and repeat. Inhale while lowering the weight, and exhale while returning to the starting position. Do not let the knees ride over your toes (you should be able to see your feet at all times), and donít arch your back.
6. Cycling -- Riding a bike is great for your glutes, hips and thighs. Get your glutes involved by leading with your heels when you push down on the pedals. On the upswing, pull up on the pedal (providing you've got foot straps) to make sure you're using every part of your legs during your workout. For brief periods, lift your butt off the seat and slowly pedal as you contract the butt.
7. Stepmill -- This is one of my favorite cardio exercises, and it works the glutes with absolute precision. This machine is not to be confused with the Stairmaster. The stepmill actually has revolving steps and is extremely difficult. When I go into the gym these units are always available, and the elliptical machines are unavailable -- what does that tell you? Yep, itís hard, but it will turn your butt into a J-Lo lookalike.
8. Running -- Iíve never trained a female who didnít get a smaller butt from a running program. If you have excessive body fat to lose, then this may not be your best bet due to the stress it places on the knees. However, a gradual program works great for those who have less than 25 pounds to lose. Try to build to four days per week for 30 minutes, and remember to invest in high quality running shoes. ---
9. Leg Press/Feet High -- Itís amazing what a simple change of foot positioning can do. Try the leg press with your feet placed high on the platform. This simple change of positioning will activate the butt and hamstrings as well. Lower the weight until you feel the glutes contract. Youíll definitely feel this one.
10. Ankle Weight Butt Blaster -- Get on the floor on your hands and knees. Relax your shoulders and find a neutral spine position with your head at a natural extension of your neck. Extend the left leg up with a 90-degree angle at the knee. Your foot should be parallel with the ceiling. Contracting the glutes, push your foot up toward the ceiling. Stop when your leg is at a full extension from the hip maintaining the 90- degree angle at the knee. Return to the starting position. After completing the set on the left side, repeat on the right side.
May 2nd, 2006, 05:29 PM
As said above, there are no exercises that will make you lose fat in a certain area. A good nutrition program and a good exercise program combined will help you to lose fat everywhere, and it will come off your hips, even if it seems slow.
It's important to do exercises for your whole body. I disagree with the exercises listed above as being superior (I don't mean any offense at all, just giving my thoughts). First off as a fitness professional I would never recommend the Smith Machine. The Smith machine locks you into a fixed plane of motion, which develops what is called 'pattern overload syndrome'. This was coined by Paul Chek and is explained as:
People get a pattern overload from using the Smith machine. The more fixed the object, the more likely you are to develop a pattern overload. This is due to the fact that training in a fixed pathway repetitively loads the same muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in the same pattern, encouraging micro-trauma that eventually leads to injury. If Johnny Lunchpail always uses a Smith machine for his bench presses, he ends up working the same fibers of the prime movers in the bench press all of the time: triceps brachii, pectoralis major, long-head of the biceps, anterior deltoids, and serratus anterior. But he can't change the pathway, the bar will always be in the same position. This commonly leads to chronic injury over time. The weight is stabilized for you. However, the joints operate in multiple planes. Use of the Smith machine, greatly decreases stabilizer activity. That creates a problem when the trainee returns to free-weight training. When that happens, the trainee is exposed to the three-dimensional environment called real life.
Smith machine may be ok to use now and again or a few times while you're learning, but you might as well start learning on free weights.
I recommend compund exercises as opposed to isolation exercises. Compound exercises use a variety of muscle groups and stabilizer muscles, as well as the target muscle. Good for all over strengthening and firming. Here are some of the tried and true favorites for having a strong and firm hip/rear area:
Squat using dumbbells or a barbell. There are a millions ways to do squats, so you can never get bored
Straight leg deadlifts--there are a variety of ways to perform these as well.
Lunges, both forward and backward, and walking as mentioned in the previous post
Since there are so many ways to do these 3 exercises alone you can come up with a variety of workouts. If you've never performed these exercises it would be a good idea to have someone help you the first couple times for safety.
I hope I've been helpful.
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