I am, depending on the body shape calculator top hourglass or straight/banana/ruler. I am less than an inch from my hip goal measurement (current: 36.5ish goal: 36) but I am starting to think I am going to be less by the time I make my waist measurement goal (current: 30ish goal: 27). And I have no idea on trying to opt for muscle improvement while getting rid of the fat and thought I was the only one with worry on that, I am just starting to accept than I may be 35 hip and maybe only a 28 waist : /
deep heavy squats..think powerlifting not aerobics. increase your calories 100-200 over your maitenance.
women do not get bulky from lifting. lady I know benches 320lbs and shes 132lbs..looks quite healthy and normal
Maybe gcgodbey knows of what he speaks, cuz I knows for sure I've never found a way to give myself curves without simply getting plumper. I have not done hardcore lifting, though at one point did a lot of aerobics. As you might expect, def did not help the curves.
Squat with heavy weights, do lunges with heavy weights, do seated jumps (almost sit on bench, jump straight up, lower your butt back down to nearly the bench and repeat, fast).
They'll build a rounder/tighter/perkier butt and help your legs and core become shapelier as well. Worked for me!
Yup, squats will tighten your abs while building a nice, round butt. But as you know, your body has a natural shape and will only adapt so much...
I am currently lifting (as heavy as I can/progressive lifting) and doing squats but I am still eating at a deficit cause I am still wanting to lose weight, so increasing cals at this time isn't an option. Just to make sure, hips is more my concern not butt, I have very narrow hips.
Hips are hard, because you can't exactly bulk up your skeletal structure. If your hips are narrow, then they will stay narrow. However, if you keep up with lifting and work to strengthen your core, you may lose inches off of your waist (assuming you have inches left to lose there) which will make your hips appear to be wider by comparison. Leg muscles also go all the way up the leg, so strengthening and tightening those might also help get you some semblance of the form you're looking for. But, as sparklystark said, your body isn't going to change up its natural shape, so you're working with what you've got.
Narrow hips aren't a bad thing, by the way! I've always thought narrow hips look good with strong, muscular legs, especially in shorts. :)
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