To be quite honest, my fitness journey began with the desire to grow and tone my butt. Forget about having toned arms or a nice back. All I wanted was a peachy behind.
*insert cliche here*
At the time, I didn’t know what I was doing or what my workout routine was supposed to look like. So, as any resourceful girl would’ve done, I started Googling exercises and watching YouTube videos to create my own workouts.
As I kept researching ‘glute exercises,’ I noticed that the majority of articles cited heavy-weight squats as the best way to accomplish what I wanted, which is why I started to squat three times a week. Does that sound excessive? If so, let me just say that I’m one of those people that once I set my mind to something, I do anything and everything I can to accomplish it.
Needless to say, after a few months of squatting, my butt grew!
Now, hold your excitement for a second… Even though my butt grew, so did my thighs!
Before you say anything, I know it’s logical to assume that the more I worked my legs, the more my thighs were going to grow. However, I wasn’t expecting them to look like the thighs of a Sumo wrestler. I knew my routine had to change or else I would have to say goodbye to shorts, skirts, and mini-dresses forever.
5 Ways to Slim Down Your Thighs
Before you jump to any conclusions and eliminate leg days from your routine, know that there is a way to tone them without growing them.
- Considerably lower the weight on your squats & make sure that you’re going all the way down to emphasize your glutes instead of your butt
- Lunges, body-weight movements, and plyo exercises are your friend
- BANDS, BANDS, BANDS!
- Make use of the abductor machine
- Perform glute-focused exercises (leave your quads alone!)
Despite popular belief, you don’t have to stop squatting or lifting weights to slim down your thighs.
All you have to do is to be conscious of what you’re lifting, what body part you’re emphasizing with each exercise and how you can tailor your workout routine to match your goals.
I will say that slimming down my thighs was harder than I thought because it was easier for me to gain the muscle than losing it. It might take some time to get to where you want to be but it is possible!
Do you want me to a ‘slimming your thighs’ workout routine? I’d be happy to share mine!
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