Those Butt,Hips and Thighs.....

Nsmall

Member
Hi Everyone!

I recently just started Cathe's DVD's. My problem areas are my thighs, butt and hips! I would love to know which DVD's would be the best for working on these. My butt/hips right now is 40"(yuck!) and I really want to trim them down.

I gained some weight throughout the years and I feel so awful I don't go out much anymore because I feel so uncomfortable with myself and clothing don't fit me very well,(bottoms that is). I have been trying to find some way to get myself back in shape and researching the net I came across Cathe's DVD's and noticed how big this community is!

I would love anyone's tips and help! Anyone else here suffer from these same problems?
 

syzygy314

Cathlete
Hands down - Butts & Guts! I haven't done Leaner Legs, but I'm sure that would also be a good one! Any plyo leg workouts from STS, too! Running works wonders for the thighs and butt as well!

Welcome, btw, to the Cathe Forum! You'll find lots of help and information here!
 

Stephanie0523

Cathlete
Another vote for Butts&Guts, definitely!! :) LOVE that DVD. The "leg blast" premix is great for when you don't have a lot of time. I am loving Kick, Punch & Crunch/Legs & Glutes too. It has great premixes that combine both workouts and really work your legs.
 

Nsmall

Member
Hands down - Butts & Guts! I haven't done Leaner Legs, but I'm sure that would also be a good one! Any plyo leg workouts from STS, too! Running works wonders for the thighs and butt as well!

Welcome, btw, to the Cathe Forum! You'll find lots of help and information here!

Thanks for the warm welcome! I will definately look into those DVD's! I di read though that the Pylo leg can make your legs bigger which is something i definately don't want..is this true?
 

Nsmall

Member
Another vote for Butts&Guts, definitely!! :) LOVE that DVD. The "leg blast" premix is great for when you don't have a lot of time. I am loving Kick, Punch & Crunch/Legs & Glutes too. It has great premixes that combine both workouts and really work your legs.


Thanks Stephanie!
 

spyrosmom

Cathlete
Welcome!!

I'm going w/ Butts and Guts as well! Make sure you have some Aleve or Advil handy for the day after as well. Or the week after :p;):eek: That one hit me HARD the 1st time. Also any of the Meso 1 legs discs.

For cardio I'd go with any kickboxing. It works wonders for legs, booties, and bellies. I prefer Kick Max and Kick, Punch, and Crunch to the 4 Day split KB. I also find the Shock Cardio KB and fusion fun and good for the legs. I've never done Cardio Kicks, and I think there's a KB in CTX, but not for certain, bc I don't have that one.

HTH,

Nan
 

cindy_975

Cathlete
don't forget

Legs and Glutes. I try to get in one of each at least once a week and alternate with B&G for variety. Its also on the Kick, Punch, and Crunch DVD so there's some great pre-mixes, too.

Cindy
 

syzygy314

Cathlete
I didn't have any problem with plyo legs making my legs bigger, but it did help my power in my legs for running up hills! I just started running last year and hills were my biggest problem! I can make it now!

I would limit the plyo work to once a week to start with and see how your body responds.
 

fit44

Cathlete
Hi, and welcome!!!:D

You could also use rotations from the rotation forum with a lower body focus.

My lower body always needs extra attention. :( I just finished of Fitness Freak's Getting Ready for Summer 2010 (she also has a 2009 version).

http://www.thecathenation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=274434

I've now moved on to Cathe's Rock Bottom rotation.

http://www.thecathenation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=236281


STS legs is great for the lower body! It has a lot of sliding plate work that is great for the glutes and thighs. I didn't lift to recommended 1RM max. I kept the weights challenging, but not heavy.
 

RapidBreath

Cathlete
Step in general really helps. Running has thinned down my butt/thigh area the best/fastest. Don't be afraid to work in the upper area of your heart rate. I know it may sound nuts (and you do need to work up to it) but I cruise in the 170s on my heart rate if I'm being serious about it. When you start doing this kind of work you need to have at least two pairs of shoes to switch between to prevent blistering/over use injury. Don't do the same workout two days in a row (unless its walking and even then use a different route.) Diet is the most effective way to target fat. Focus not so much on the results but rather on whether or not you are hitting your targets for your fitness routine and your diet. This does not have to be restrictive. For me, it was eating more protein and a lot more healthy fats. I do watch my carbs, especially the quality of food matters.

Welcome to our community, you will never find a nicer/more helpful group than the Cathletes.
 

regina

Cathlete
I would say- 1. Leaner Legs 2. STS- Meso One -legs 3. Butts and Gutts
4. STS-Meso Three - Pylo legs 5. Power Hour- Leg routine 6. PLB
 

Cathe Friedrich

Administrator
Hi Nsmall! Welcome to the forums. Thanks for joining us. It's nice meet you here. You will find our Cathlete community very helpful and supportive.

You have already gotten great advice so I will give you a few more details to add to your plate. Keep in mind that what you eat and how much you eat is just as important as your exercise program. The two components go hand and hand and you really need to do both to get your best overall results. So try to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day (spaced every 2 to 3 hours apart) and eat foods that are nutrient dense and foods that are in their most natural unprocessed state. Drink lots of water daily to help flush waste and toxins out of the body and keep all the systems in the body working optimally.

Also, keep in mind when you first start an exercise program, there is a lot of muscle repair occurring and that makes the muscles temporarily swell with water. Many people will panic when they see this weight gain (anywhere from 2 to 6 pounds) thinking they are going the wrong direction in their fitness approach, but again, this is only temporary and the extreme soreness that accompanies it (DOMS…Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) will eventually get less and less with time.

As for what type of workouts you should do… You will find that each person's body responds differently to individual workout programs so it’s hard to give the exact answer to you without some experimentation on your part. However, generally speaking, a person looking to achieve what you have mentioned you would like to would do best with endurance based leg workouts. I would say to keep your leg workouts challenging but with moderate to heavier weight. Nothing too heavy. Every now and then you can do a heavy leg workout to shock the leg muscles differently and stimulate muscle fibers differently but overall stick with highly challenging lower body endurance based workouts. Keep in mind if you go too light, you will not get great results either. Your body will get too used to that and your results will slow down very quickly. Each workout truly needs to be a challenge. The workouts I recommend for your legs are “Butts and Guts”, “Leaner Legs”, and “Legs and Glutes”. I would also incorporate one running workout each week for about 30 to 40 minutes. The running workout should always be different…. sometimes fast/slow interval, sometimes long and steady, sometimes hills.

Along with these leg workouts you also need to incorporate upper body conditioning and cardio conditioning. For upper body conditioning I would recommend Pyramid Upper Body for now and then you can add on others as soon as you no longer get as sore or challenged as you initially did (when you do this for very first time that will be in about three weeks) . For cardio I would recommend MMA Kickbox, MMA Boxing, and Kick Punch and Crunch (which will be included in your Leg and Glutes DVD). You may also want to do Cardio and Weights since that will only have upper body weights mixed in with your step cardio. I would hold off on plyometric workouts for now until you get a stronger foundation built up within your joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. I mention more about plyometric workouts below. Of course you want to work your core too and you will get that worked very well in many of the workouts I have listed for you.

What to do and how often to do it: Do two leg workouts and one running workout three non-consecutive days a week. Do one to two more cardio workouts per week. Do one or two upper body conditioning workouts per week. Occasionally you can do a heavy workout in place of one leg endurance based workout (such as Gym Style Legs). You can also do a leg based plyometric workout in place of an endurance leg workout every 7 to 10 days too. Plyometric leg workouts done in moderation (ie: 30 minutes once a week) will not bulk legs ...and even then they won’t bulk legs unless done in extremes (ie 3 or more times per week) and most often only by a person who is prone to build muscles very easily. So do not fear plyometric leg workouts when you are better conditioned (once there try our HIIT DVD). They are excellent for metabolic stimulation, high calorie burn, fat loss, breaking fitness plateaus, supporting bone density and enhancing athletic performance.

A one month rotation for you could look like this:

WEEK ONE:

Mon: MMA Boxing
Tues: Butts and Guts
Wed: Steady State Run
Thurs: OFF
Fri: Kick Punch and Crunch
Sat: Pyramid Upper Body
Sun: Leaner Legs

WEEK TWO:

Mon: MMA Kickbox
Tues: OFF
Wed: Butts and Guts
Thurs: Pyramid Upper Body
Fri: Steady State Run
Sat: Cardio and Weights
Sun: Legs and Glutes


WEEK THREE:

Mon: OFF
Tues: Running fast/slow
Wed: Leaner Legs
Thurs: Pyramid Upper Body
Fri: MMA Boxing
Sat: Cardio and Weights
Sun: OFF


WEEK FOUR:

Mon: Running Hills
Tues: MMA Kickbox
Wed: Legs and Glutes
Thurs: Pyramid Upper Body
Fri: MMA Boxing
Sat: OFF
Sun: Cardio and Weights


Hi Everyone!

I recently just started Cathe's DVD's. My problem areas are my thighs, butt and hips! I would love to know which DVD's would be the best for working on these. My butt/hips right now is 40"(yuck!) and I really want to trim them down.

I gained some weight throughout the years and I feel so awful I don't go out much anymore because I feel so uncomfortable with myself and clothing don't fit me very well,(bottoms that is). I have been trying to find some way to get myself back in shape and researching the net I came across Cathe's DVD's and noticed how big this community is!

I would love anyone's tips and help! Anyone else here suffer from these same problems?
 

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