9 of our Best Thighs, Bums and Tums Tips!
Tummy, Bums, Thighs… Legs, Butts, Tums…
However, you want to say it, there is no denying that these are the areas many of us want to improve! That is why we have put together nine of our best tips (three for each body part), to help achieve your dream results.
Lunges are your best friend
The lunge is usually overshadowed by the squat, but it is a highly effective and easy to do exercise. Start with your weaker side first to help you maintain proper form. With or without weights this functional movement has been proven to reduce cellulite as well!
Your Thighs are not just your Quads
It is easy to get drawn into simply working on your biggest thigh muscle, the quadriceps. However, a well-toned leg is also achieved by targeting your hamstrings and inner thighs. For your inner thighs, ballet raises are great (google them) and for hamstrings, glute bridges are perfect (as the name suggests they also work your glute nicely).
You aren’t going to see a change this week!
But don’t be discouraged, heading into any workout expecting immediate results is setting yourself up to fail. Understand that everyone reacts differently to exercise and instead focus on training regularly and effectively, the results will follow, we promise!
Squats are not (necessarily) the answer!
Whilst there is no denying the power of the trusted squat, it is not the be all and end all of butt exercises. Glutes respond best to variety. Overtraining and over-reliance on any movement will not render the same results as if you look to mix it up. Make sure to introduce other exercises to your standard squat routine, for example, some lunges, plies, deadlifts or kettlebell swings.
Weights not just Body Weights
This tip goes for your legs as well. Many people fall under the false impression that exercising with weights isn’t going to tone them up but simply build bulky muscles. Adding weights to your squat or lunge will allow you to get much better results than with simply your body weight.
Slow it Right Down
With whatever exercise, you may be doing you can maximise the results of the workout by just slowing it right down. Try, taking 3-4 seconds on the way of your squat or deadlift and then 2-3 seconds coming up. You should feel a huge burn throughout the muscle and can get a lot more out of a lot fewer reps.
Use Cardio to Reveal those Abs
Sadly, you cannot turn fat directly into muscle. It is just simple science that one tissue cannot be turned into another. What this means is that no matter how strong your ab muscles may be, they aren’t going to be revealed with a layer of fat over the top. Use cardio to burn fat!
Embrace the 80/20 Rule
That is 80% diet and 20% exercise. You can target your abs every day with crunch after crunch and sit up after sit up, but if you’re putting unhealthy food into the body you’re not going to see good results. Stick to a high protein, low carb diet and with the proper exercise watch the fat burn away and your stomach begins to tone.
Use core exercises as a superset!
Many people like to save their core exercises for the end of their gym routine. The problem with this is that often you get to the end of your routine and you’re ready to go home! Ab exercises are a great transitional exercise and you can do a set of abs or plank to compliment any other movement.