The Coveted Thigh Gap–Workouts That Show Results In 2 Weeks. I’m a slacker. I know this does not come as a shock to you, but I always secretly hoped that if I just lost the weight, those adorable toned thighs and arms would show up.
Yeah…adorable thought, I know. I’ve been grimly doing push-ups for a month now and don’t really mind them, especially now that I’m seeing results. (Editor’s note: I hoisted our horrid, heavy lawnmower into the back of my SUV to go mow my mother’s law. Zoe said “Dang, Mom! You’re buff!” Yeah, not yet kiddo, but thanks.)
Up next? The thighs. I know, we all hate them. Interestingly most personal trainers I’ve spoken with say the thighs, fanny and abdomen (which are all connected through most exercises, anyway) are actually quick to respond when you’re consistent with your workouts. You with me?
1–Wall Squat, Starting Position
1. Lean head, shoulders, lower back, and butt against a wall, with feet about 18 inches in front.
Muscles it works: Quadriceps, butt and hamstrings.
Wall Squat, The Move
2–Stair Climber, Starting Position
1. Stand sideways at the bottom of a staircase. In a scissorlike motion, cross your outer leg to reach the step.
Muscles it works: Entire leg
Stair Climber, The Move
3–Lunge, Starting Position
1. Stand with hands on hips, legs hip-width apart.
Muscles it works: Hamstrings, butt
Lunge, The Move
4–Ball Squeeze, Starting Position
1. Sit in a chair, leaning slightly forward, arms at sides, feet flat on the floor. Place a medium-size ball between your legs above your knees, with just enough pressure to hold the ball in place.
Muscles it works: Inner thighs
Ball Squeeze, The Move
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