What are some of the best exercises for legs and thighs to lose inches and shred??
I have been trainin with women who is pear shaped. Her trouble area and most unconditioned part of her body is legs & thighs. Our workouts are focused on leg/butt. We do alot of cicuits w stregthening, cardio & now plymetrics for her lower body. I train her at her home 2x a week. She lost 5 lbs (goal is 10)and lots of inches everywhere except for thighs (only 1 inch). Its been 3 months.
it is tempting to work 'problem areas' particularly hard in the belief that the fat can be bullied away. As you have already noticed, this is not the case, nor is a likely to. The body stores fat where it wants to, and it will withdraw from fat stores in the same fashion. While it is possible to spot-build, it is not possible to spot-reduce.
One thing I want to mention. You add in your comment to your question that your client suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism. I am quite familiar with those and realize that rheumatoid arthritis can manifest differently in people. But as it is an auto-immune disease that attacks its own joints, I am usually very conservative in my training approach. Evidently, though, your client seems to tolerate the high-intensity training.
Her conditions do not help the situation. She is making progress and may need some more time, that's all. I would do some more full body training and bump it up to three days a week, as tolerated.
Focusing work on the leg/butt may be adding muscle which hides the fact of losing fat and inches, which happens to be her stubborn area, anyway.
Celebrate the accomplishments and keep up the balanced routine.
Out of curiosity, how long have you two been training together?
Also, how much have you two talked about what she eats? Is she helping or hindering progress with how she spends her time outside of the training sessions?
Below you'll find a link to a great IDEA article that, if you haven't already looked at, might be of interest to you:
Although a bit dated, the majority of its information would be great to know for anyone working with an arthritic client. Let me know if you have any questions come up should you get the chance to read it. I'd be happy to help the best I can.
The only thing I can suggest is resistance training for hypertrophy, however, that might pose a problem because she has RA.
With that being said, I am assuming she is being treated for her thyroid.
I would suggest, if she can tolerate it, HIIT in small doses, even 30 second intervals until she adapts
Food intake is also very important with both of her medical issues!
I can see how this would be difficult for you and your client. With that said I have had a similar case before with a client a few years back. what I did find helpful for client to loss the last few kgs and got them healthier was that i place them on a auto-immune diet first.I also kept the training to full body instead of just the spot training as that yielded no significant result for us, with a bit of time saved at the end of each session relaxing our mind and body with some mediation. I hope this helped and I wish you both the best on overcoming this hurdle.
Wish you all the health, wealth and happiness