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I have a healthy body weight but my inner thighs are huge and they jiggle. There does not seem to be any muscle , like its pure fat. I am starting to do 45 minutes of cardio (Jogging, run, speed walk) 4 times a week + squats and lunges. can that help with this???

Its a big possibility that i have that skinny fat problem b/c im 5'8 135 but i have a lot of excess fat on inner thighs and lower stomach.

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keep up what you're doing, it'll all go well

on a note, never settle for a comfortable zone in cardio, if you feel you can do more, do more (but with in the 45 minutes, keep this as the constant boundary, i.e. increase intensity, and lessen the time of the shorter intervals)

try weighted lunges and squats if you feel they are becoming too easy (oh and remember correct technique is of the utmost importance)

vitamin C apparantly helps the skin keep firm

 

also, thighs do jiggle, so you may be being paranoid :D

Cardio can only do so much to firm up the adductor area. The best thing you can do cardio-wise is get on the stationary bike set on low resistance and ride it out.

The adductor fires up when your move your thigh back inward. Think of your legs as scissors - when they close up, that's your adductor. Any exercise that includes bringing your legs together uses your adductor. That includes lots of squeezes, sweeps and foot-pointed-out squats and lunges.

I'm not ashamed to admit my thighs used to rub in together, I'm what you'd call bottom-heavy ;). Now at 5'5" and 125 lbs I was amazed to find that for the first time in recorded history, my inner thighs actually feel solid, firm and toned! I can warmly  recommend doing weighted squats with your feet slightly farther apart than normally and lunges with a step board, it really helps target that area for me.

There is no exercise that will reduce fat in a specific area. period.

Original Post by floggingsully:

There is no exercise that will reduce fat in a specific area. period.

No, but you can tone the muscle there (adductor, obviously). That will aid the process of getting rid of fat in that area.


You cannot spot change, but you can spot reduce.

Original Post by goddess9:

No, but you can tone the muscle there (adductor, obviously) You can "tone" that muscle all you want, it won't make any difference in your appearance.  The only people who ever see your adductor/abductor muscles are your surgeon and whoever does your autopsy. That will aid the process of getting rid of fat in that area No it won't, exercising a muscle does not cause fat to be lost in the area near the muscle.


You cannot spot change what does spot change even mean?, but you can spot reduce No you can't, there is no exercise that will cause fat to be reduced in a specific area. Liposuction is pretty much the only way to decide where fat is lost from.

 

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by goddess9:

No, but you can tone the muscle there (adductor, obviously) You can "tone" that muscle all you want, it won't make any difference in your appearance.  The only people who ever see your adductor/abductor muscles are your surgeon and whoever does your autopsy. That will aid the process of getting rid of fat in that area No it won't, exercising a muscle does not cause fat to be lost in the area near the muscle.


You cannot spot change what does spot change even mean?, but you can spot reduce No you can't, there is no exercise that will cause fat to be reduced in a specific area. Liposuction is pretty much the only way to decide where fat is lost from.

 

*sigh*


What I was getting at was that while you cannot constantly work your inner thigh area with regards to losing fat, you can strengthen your adductor muscle. I don't particularly care if it can't be seen, I care about helping the OP know that she can make it stronger. To the OP - once that muscle is stronger, it creates a positive cycle. You can do more, hence you can probably burn more, and so on.

Spot change = exactly what you were saying you cannot do, and what I agree with you about. Furthermore, what I was getting at was building muscle. If you're doing squats for quite a bit of time for long enough, you're going to have larger quads. Will that mean your thighs got smaller? Maybe not, but thats what I meant anyway.

Original Post by floggingsully:

There is no exercise that will reduce fat in a specific area. period.

Disregarding your tone, no one is asking about spot reduction here. There is a difference between the feel of a toned muscle and a weak one, even with a layer of fat on top (for example any woman who's in shape can feel her pectorals beneath the fatty tissue of her breast).

me; i am with sully on this one ~ There is no exercise that will reduce fat in a specific area. period.

you can tone that hunk of meat alll you like, the fat over it will still jiggle like a bowl of fruit flavoured and artificially coloured gelatin.

i know.

mine do.

after maxing out the adduction machine at 225 pounds (i can crush skulls with my legs, i bet) they still jiggle.


fore-warned is fore-armed.

not every thing you read is true - take this article for instance. every single word from 'go' is bleeding tripe. let me repeat just in case, the above article i have linked to is garbage.

there is no such thing as a flabby muscle. < not garbage

I can warmly  recommend doing weighted squats with your feet slightly farther apart than normally

This is probably going to sound really stupid, but how exactly do you do "weighted squats"?

google "weighted squats"

there are at least four good methods, and seven thousand similar ones.

exrx.net is a good site to see how to do free weight exercises.

Original Post by xbombshell:

This is probably going to sound really stupid, but how exactly do you do "weighted squats"?

Standard weighted squat

Weighted front squat

Weighted hack squat

Bulgarian split squat 

For what it is worth I love big jiggly thighs.  My wife has just a little jiggle right now and it kind of makes me sad.

about the spot reduction... its true, there's no such thing. but u can get down to a low body weight and parts of ur body will still be jiggly. if u train the muscles in those areas, the hard bulk will pull your excess skin/small amount of fat tightly against it- so while muscle training in order to reduce certain areas doesn't help much when you're overweight, if you are slim but just have trouble spots, muscle training DOES help, in the sense that, while not actually reducing the fat in the specific area, it makes the area look much firmer.

Original Post by homesick18:

about the spot reduction... its true, there's no such thing. but u can get down to a low body weight and parts of ur body will still be jiggly. if u train the muscles in those areas, the hard bulk will pull your excess skin/small amount of fat tightly against it- so while muscle training in order to reduce certain areas doesn't help much when you're overweight, if you are slim but just have trouble spots, muscle training DOES help, in the sense that, while not actually reducing the fat in the specific area, it makes the area look much firmer.

 Except no one wants to spot reduce in areas that they can add significant muscle.

?   What's that supposed to mean?

You said "if u train the muscles in those areas, the hard bulk will pull your excess skin/small amount of fat tightly against it"

The problem with your reasoning is that the areas where many people want to "spot reduce" are areas where it is next to impossible to add any sort of bulk (lower stomach, inner thighs, etc) so adding muscle bulk to "pull the excess skin against it" wouldn't be feasible.

i was just reading this over, and wondering to myself why this discussion has to be so hostile and have such a negative tone to it.  i though this was a place to find support and *constructive* criticism.  *sigh* 

i see no hostility here - yet a near exhaustion with the matter of fact. 

now there is some truth with the filling-in-skin-with-muscles idea... yet the OP would have had to have been a fairly large person who had lost quite a bit of weight for this to be a loose skin issue.

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