By Laurel House
Saddle bags weighing you down? Unfortunately, those sacks of excess side thigh fat neither jeans nor skirts successfully hide, seem to be the most difficult to singe off- no matter how many miles you run, spin cycles you sweat through, or side lunges you repeat. Yes, unlike a droopy butt, bat wing triceps, or even spare tire waist line, the muscles underlying the saddle bags are difficult to target, and therefore harder to tone up and trim down.
Thankfully, celeb trainer Jeanette Jenkins, Creator of The Hollywood Trainer Bikini Bootcamp, has a 3-step fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle program to help hone in on that side thigh flab, finally melting down those unforgiving saddle bags gripping your thighs.
Jeanette Jenkins' How To Get Thin and Toned Thighs mini-workout on ExerciseTV* is a great workout to use to slim your thighs.
Saddlebag Slenderizing Fitness Program
It won't be easy, but it will be worth it. Jeanette reminds us that "You get out what you put in, so execute each exercise with 100 percent focus and energy and you will get maximum results!" With a combination of high intensity training and cardio you will get in shape with this fat burning, body toning exercise program.
2 x Week: 30-45 Minute Jog or Power Walk
1 x Week: Yoga
3 x Week: Saddle Bags Circuit- 10 Exercises, 30-45 minutes= 500-600 Calorie Burn
-The Pendulum- 20 reps (No weights- Cardio Blast and Toner)
-Side Lunge with Cross Chop- 15reps (use one 10lb weight)
-Volleyball Block Side Shuffles- 15reps (Cardio Blast and Toner)
-Grand Plie Squat with Overhead Triceps Extension- 15 reps (one 10lb weight)
-Star Jacks- 20 reps
-Back Flys with Alternating Back Taps- 20 reps
-Skate- 15 reps (Cardio Blast and Toner)
-Standing Oblique Crunch with outer thigh leg lift- 20 reps
-Push up to Side Plank- 20 reps
-Full Body Abdominal V ups- 20 reps
Repeat 3 times
Metabolism Revving Nutrition Program
If you want to rev up your metabolism in order to burn more fat all over your body, Jeanette suggests eating 5 or 6 small meals, "it will boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories. Follow a balanced wholesome meal plan, low in sugar, rich in healthy fat, fiber, protein and quality carbohydrates. Keep your portion sizes small and burn more calories than you eat!"
Sample Daily Meal Plan:
-Breakfast 300-400 Calories- 2 Poached Eggs, Sautéed Spinach,
-Snack 100- 200 Calories- Grapefruit
-Lunch 300- 500 Calories- Grilled Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato, and Broccoli
-Snack 100-200 Calories- Pita Chips and Hummus
-Snack 100- 200 Calories- Non-Fat Cottage Cheese with Mixed Berries
-Dinner 300- 350 Calories- Poached Salmon, Grilled Peppers and Asparagus
Love the Skin You're In Lifestyle
While you might be changing your fitness and food regimen, you've got to remember that it's not just for the saddlebags. Even more than that, living a healthy fitness lifestyle is about putting your priorities first: yourself. Because here's the thing, if you're doing it solely for the body benefits, it's easier to get frustrated and give up. You are making a commitment to change your lifestyle- long term, for the better. And that's how, once you rid your thighs of those clinging saddlebags, you will be able to keep them off for good! Jeanette is a big believer that you should "Love Yourself First and take care of yourself and your health so you will be stronger and more capable to take care of everyone else. Be Committed and Consistent and You will start seeing results after the first week."
Stay on this fitness program for 6 weeks and you will be looking at a brand new Bikini Body!
*To find ExerciseTV, go to your On Demand menu and select the Fitness or Health category and find ExerciseTV located there. If you're not sure if you have ExerciseTV on demand, call your cable or television provider. ExerciseTV on demand is ALWAYS free!
Want More From ExerciseTV?
-Buy the 28 Day Turnaround Workout Plan and support the American Cancer Society!
-Workout daily with Kathy's Fitness Challenges in the ExerciseTV community!
-Download Jeannette Jenkins' The Hollywood Trainer: Butt and Thigh Workout!
-Stay on the grind with Marco Reed's video blog series, Get Beyond Fit!