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Workout routine to slim down lower body?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Leather, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    I'm trying to start a workout routine to lose body fat, mainly on the lower body and legs. I don't want to gain any muscle mass on the legs. What do you guys suggest I do at the gym and diet suggestions would be helpful as well, thanks!
     
  2. CentralParkMan

    CentralParkMan Well-Known Member

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    Pilates does wonders and sculpts lean long legs. Contrary to popular belief it's not just for girls. Most gyms will offer Pilates classes but if you're a little embrassed you can always try out Pilates at home just make sure you have a Pilates or Yoga mat. Personally I use the Windosr Pilates 20 Minute Workout three times a week, it's free on Youtube too.
     
  3. realkingo

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    In my opinion losing fat on specific body parts does not work.
    Just like doing crunches all day is not going to reveal your six-pack, unless you have an overall low body fat ratio. I'v already tried different approaches, but slimmer legs usually come last.

    From my own experience: Just keep on doing cardio and balanced workout of upper and lowerbody in order to achieve an overall body fat of 8-10% and the results will be visible soon.
     
  4. pbdeng4

    pbdeng4 Active Member

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    What do you enjoy doing? Do you like to run or do you like to lift (or any other multitude of things)

    If you don't have much weight lifting experience and have a bit of fat to lose I highly recommend doing squats and deadlifts. They are great for giving shape and slimming down your lower body. Pants will fit better.
     
  5. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    I usually play basketball for cardio, not into running at all. I like lifting too, but I am under the impression that squatting and deadlifts actually add bulk to your legs rather than slim them?
     
  6. pbdeng4

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    I always recommend lifting in general to keep good shape to your legs. I should've mentioned in my previous post if you're trying to slim down your legs (while keeping the muscle there I'm assuming) lifting heavy with them and tailoring your diet to your routine is important. Your legs shouldn't add any considerable mass to them if you're not eating at an excess (especially if you said you have fat there to get rid of).

    That being said, lift at a calorie deficit and watch the fat melt off your legs. Just make sure you're getting your necessary protein/carb/fat ratio and intake.
     
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  7. Flame

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    Any serious ball player should squat. End of story.
     
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  8. OlafG

    OlafG Senior member

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    Get squattin'

    You probably don't have as much muscles in your legs as you think, it's probably a good bit of fat which takes up more volume than a pound of lean mass.
    To loose fat in general you need to be in a caloric deficit. I'd recommend you to up your protein and fat intake as they are more satiating than carbs. Please note that I'm not saying anything about amounts as I don't know anything about your weight/height/age.
     
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  9. Ziga

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    Hey,

    first thing first: it is hard to say anything without pictures.

    That being said you should be aware that:
    - there is only one way to loose fat only on one area - have a surgery (liposuction). If that is not an option read on.

    - building muscles hard and they don't just pop out - dont be afraid to work out
    - muscles weigh more than fat so you might even gain some weight if you are skiny-fat now (fat in legs and belly area, skinny otherwise)
    - weight control is dons in the kitchen and in bed
    - cardio (running, playing basketball, spinning, ropejumping and similar stuff) affects metabolism. Burning calories with cardio is absurd. Simply eat less. While you do cardio you burn about 80% muscle and 20% fat (not true for eveyone in the world but should be for you if you have to ask this kind of question). So just do moderate amount of cardio to speed up metabolism.
    - crash diets (keto, pril, montegnac whatnotshit) are not a good idea. In the end of the day for an average person a calorie is a calorie. If you eat less you get less calories and you burn some fat. The effect backfires if you starve as the body starts saving what little you get in the system, metabolism slows down, hunger goes up and head starts hurting / don't do that. Eat just enough to loose about 500g per week or so. Do make sure you eat some protein per day (that means meat).

    This are the basics. to sum it all up:
    - control your caloric intake
    - work out, muscle growth is a slow process that will not happen over night - you will not get bulky

    best regards,
    Ziga
     
  10. Betelgeuse

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    Well that depends. If you have more fat than muscle, if you do squats, the muscle is going to grow and take the place of the fat, so if you have, lets say, 21" thighs you will not slim down to 20" or less. Deadlifs helps to build the hams, but also the back. Take into account that you don't want to have legs of a guy that only trains his upper body.

    Now if you want to cut fat, you have to start with your diet. It doesn't matter if you spend running hours if you don't have the propper food in your body. Also you have to ask yoruself, how do you want to look, like a marathon runner or like a sprinter. Google it, and decide for yourself.

    You don't need excesive amounts of cardio, if you want to cut, but diet is everything. [​IMG]
     
  11. acoustik

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    Spot reduction is impossible. Work out your upper body hard and let the muscles in your lower body atrophy away. Don't work them at all. Alternatively, engage in long periods of light cardio and cut down on protein. This will cause your legs to lose mass even more quickly.
     
  12. pbdeng4

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    do not do that, you will become a top heavy monstrosity. i sincerely think you ought to listen to what others have said in this thread and continue to lift heavy while maintaining a caloric deficit that will lean you out all over.
     
  13. OlafG

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    Is this what you want to become? If not keep lifting squatting, deadlifting and bench pressing.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    I'm 6'0" 175 lb. My thighs are 23.5"
     
  15. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    That doesn't says a lot, do you know your body fat? I'm 6'1" and 198lb and I'm trying to get my legs as big as a I can, right now I'm sitting at 23.5" but wouldn't mind if they get bigger.

    Keep squatting that would work all your body and with the proper diet, you will look like a beast! Shredded!
     
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    To OP, i have a similar problem, big legs, normal sized body.

    Tried for years to slim down to no avail. Then I got roped into track, and as a result of the training and prescripted diet, my legs retained their size (75kg @ 179cm, 22.5 thighs) but got alot more ripped. During January's track meets my bf was around 6-8% and my naturally large lower body allowed me an advantage in the first 30-50m due to their innate power, was able to do 23.55s for 200m. Currently ATG squatting at a 1RM of 107.5kg. My coach said i replaced all the flab in my legs with muscle thru' training.

    Thanks to track training, my vert has also increased in leaps and bounds (im also a ball player), to the point where I can grab onto a legit rim from a standstill jump. Heavy squatting has done me far better good for aesthetics and my sport/s than all those years of trying to get "slimmer legs".

    Sometimes, your natural body type is one with thick legs. Embrace it.
     
  17. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    That sounds beastly, nice. I guess it's just a nicer aesthetic if one did not have thicker legs, which was my purpose in starting this thread to see if there's any way of doing so
     

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