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Say GoodBye to Your Saddle Bags With These Amazing Workouts

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If you’re saddled with saddlebags, you probably think you got the short end of the family gene pool stick. But, lucky for you, those pesky fat deposits surrounding your hips, thighs, and butt are far easier to banish than, say, Great Aunt Hilda or your bossy big sister.

“Saddlebags are largely determined by genetics, hormones, and age, but women can still affect the shape of their bodies through nutrition and exercise,” says Rebekah Rotstein, a New York-based Pilates instructor who recently released the Pilates For Buff Bones DVD.Not sure where to begin? Rotstein recommends utilizing large muscle groups rather than relying on spot training for fast results. “Pilates get results because it’s a whole-body exercise program and works your muscles synergistically,” she says. “Muscles aren’t meant to function independently but as a team!”

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Just remember to keep your expectations realistic. No workout in the world can turn you into Cameron Diaz overnight. “All women have padding at their hips, no matter how thin we are (even Diaz!),” says Rotstein. “It’s what differentiates us from men and accentuates the curves you’ve got!”

To tone up those saddlebags fast, add these four moves to your regular workout routine. Check out the moves after the break.

Clamshell Bridge

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, one pointing towards the ceiling and feet touching (sole of the left foot against the side of the right foot) with hands pointed towards the ceiling (top).
  • Lift your hips into a bridge pose, squeeze your buttocks, and open your knees, pushing through the planted foot (bottom). Lower to the starting position.
  • Perform 10 to 15 reps slowly then quickly do another set. Repeat on the other side.
  • Focus on opening your knees, lifting your hips to target the gluteal muscles along with the external rotators of the hips.
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