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Does anyone know how many callories your burn each minute of holding a wall sit?

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About as many calories as if you were sitting in chair.

Wall sits are an isometric muscle exercise, meaning your strengthening your muscles while holding them in place against gravity.

you mean wall squats?....not as much as you think....it's more for strength...not for burning calories.

but i generally do them for 30 second intervals...with a 45 pound plate on  my lap....and I usually cry....literally cry...lol

lol .. it works the thighs? specifically inner thighs?

Works the quadriceps mostly.  You get a burn in your glutes and your "hips" also...but it's primarily used to strengthen your quads.  If you want to target specifically  your inner thighs you can do adductor exercises.  The machine at the gym (called the adductor) where you start with your legs apart and squeeze your legs together is a better exercise for "inner thigh" workouts.  

Or, lay on your side, legs stacked on top of one another, bend the top leg 90 degrees and place it slightly in front of you allowing your bottom leg room to move...raise and lower the lower leg as many times as you can stand it...LOL!  About 12 to 15 reps...

OR...do sumo squats:  http://www.fullfitness.net/routines/sumo_squa t.html

Really, any leg exercise where you stance has your legs further apart will recruit the use of inner thigh muscles more.  

Good luck!  

In response to the question about inner thighs... Exercises that work the hip adductors and abductors (muscles on the inner and outer thighs) do absolutely nothing to improve fat lying over the muscles. Adductor and abductor machines are pretty much useless for anyone who doesn't have some sort of injury or a sports-specific need, and even then I'm not sure they areideal. Gyms always make sure to have them because women will flock to them thinking their saddle bags and inner thigh fat will melt away. The truth is that these muscles are used to stabilize the pelvis, so they should be reasonably strong simply from walking. Almost any lower body exercise (squats, deadlifts, and lunges for example) will more effectively train these muscles than an isolation machine. Running and jumping also do an effective job.

Bottom line, it won't make a difference in the appearance and you're going to hit them anyhow, so ditch the inner/outer thigh workouts.

ha - i had no idea. i've waisted many-a reps on those adductor/abductor machines at my gym! and i also run like a maniac so apparently it hasn't helped, just been a waste of time..?

ack- so much i don't know!

i practice yoga on a regular basis, so that is wonderful for body toning, and, well, mental toning ha..

 

anyway - thanks for the info guys.

Original Post by thatwallpaper:

In response to the question about inner thighs... Exercises that work the hip adductors and abductors (muscles on the inner and outer thighs) do absolutely nothing to improve fat lying over the muscles. Adductor and abductor machines are pretty much useless for anyone who doesn't have some sort of injury or a sports-specific need, and even then I'm not sure they areideal. Gyms always make sure to have them because women will flock to them thinking their saddle bags and inner thigh fat will melt away. The truth is that these muscles are used to stabilize the pelvis, so they should be reasonably strong simply from walking. Almost any lower body exercise (squats, deadlifts, and lunges for example) will more effectively train these muscles than an isolation machine. Running and jumping also do an effective job.

Bottom line, it won't make a difference in the appearance and you're going to hit them anyhow, so ditch the inner/outer thigh workouts.

 disagree with some of this..... this machine is not what they say it is...true, but it can make you stronger in that position, and allows me to tighten my grip on some poor chump when I put his ass in an arm bar or a rear choke.  it also helped me (as you said) recover from a glute pull....but it can and will strengthen those areas....appearance wise...it probably will not do anything, but strength can be gained.

Thanks, Eddie.  I was actually referring to strengthening, not "fat melting".  I thought that's what we were talking about.  But Thewallpaper is right too though...there is no such thing as a thigh fat melting exercise.  I wish there was though!!  LOL!  Just keep on with the running...I have to admit, nothing works my legs like reverse lunges or walking lunges and ball squats or just plain ole squats and of course, the dreaded dead lifts.  At the end of my leg day, I always work in some sumo squats or adductor/abductor reps to make sure all my leg muscles are getting hit.  I figure as long as your feeling it, and working the muscles to exhaustion (you can't go anymore) there's going to be some benefit as far as strengthening goes.  

Good luck!  

Original Post by t_legge:

...I have to admit, nothing works my legs like reverse lunges or walking lunges and ball squats or just plain ole squats and of course, the dreaded dead lifts.  At the end of my leg day, I always work in some sumo squats or adductor/abductor reps to make sure all my leg muscles are getting hit...

 If you're doing compound lower body exercises all of your leg muscles are already getting hit and they are getting hit in proportion.  If you then do isolation exercises for certain leg muscles those muscles will be worked extra which will lead to disproportionate strength gains and muscle imbalances.

That's not my entire leg workout...I do compound first, then I hit every muscle in one set of isolation exercises.  Every muscle is getting worked evenly.  Been doing it this way since I was a dancer (for over 16 years) and my legs are strong and healthy...thanks.   

But this post wasn't about me, or my leg workout.  I had no question about my leg workout and wanted no advice about it...it was about wall sits, and then an answer to a question about if wall squats targeted inner thighs.  

Again, to MusicalFM...good luck!  ;)

thanks t_legge .. and no thigh fat melting exercise? waaah..! but *why* can't it be that easy..? lol

I know!!!  I'll keep looking though and if I find some miracle exercise, you'll be the first to know!  ;)   Honestly, after some of the workouts I do, I feel like I should automatically drop 2 sizes!  If only it were that simple.  LOL!!

but it can make you stronger in that position, and allows me to tighten my grip on some poor chump when I put his ass in an arm bar or a rear choke.  it also helped me (as you said) recover from a glute pull....but it can and will strengthen those areas....appearance wise...it probably will not do anything, but strength can be gained.

 Exactly, they have a place for sports specific-needs and injury recovery. No disagreement there. I still don't necessarily agree that the machines are even ideal in this case because they don't mimic the functional movement of the muscle, but that's not really relevant. My main point was that it's silly for people lifting for general strength or appearance to do isolation work on these muscles when they are hit efficiently in other lower body leg lifts and make no impact on appearance. 

 

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