If you have access to a rowing machine, that would be an excellent full body workout. As others have said, you can't choose where you lose fat. Are you eating enough or too much (and reducing or removing junk food)?
Pounds lost: 27.9
Fitness Minutes: (35,554)
6,533 1/8/14 1:22 P
Even though you can't spot reduce, you can make sure your strength routine includes your trouble areas- do an extra set of the moves that target your hips and belly, with the understanding that it'll help you build muscle in those areas and tone up.
I don't know what cardio you do, but I stick with the elliptical since I need low-impact and I like it. I do find that changing the type of machine (and of course incline levels) makes a big difference in trimming away. But then again, /my/ genetics make me lose from top and bottom working toward the middle. So now my legs and upper body are skinnier, which (to me) makes my belly stick out even more! So stick with the cardio & strength and we'll eventually get there :P
Current goal: -8 pounds (32 total) by October
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
Pounds lost: 26.6
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
1,377 1/8/14 8:41 A
You can't choose where fat burns off the body. The only way to reduce fat is by eating less calories than your calorie expenditure. Genetics determines where it burns first and where it stores fat.
Exercises that work those areas are to increase strength or mass (if you're eating to gain weight) of the muscle. The muscle is an entirely separate tissue than the fat that covers it. To get rid of the fat on top you have to reduce your overall body fat percentage. Unfortunately, problem areas are what they are... nearly impossible to get rid of. Everyone has undesirable areas where their bodies like to store fat.
Your best bet is to do full body weight/resistance training and eat well. Don't try to reach and unhealthy weight to get rid of these areas and absolutely no starvation diets. You'll reduce LBM (lean body mass) and those areas will remain. You'll want to look into increasing LBM and decreasing BF%.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
My biggest challenge has always been and continues to be losing the inner fat in-between my thighs and the big hips. Has anyone actually lost this area? Have any good workout tips? Oh and that pooch on my tummy that's my only trouble spot that keeps me from wearing a bikini?
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