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What’s Her Secret (to that body?) – *New VIDEO!

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Hey Everyone

Have you ever seen someone on the street who looked amazing (body goals in the flesh) and wondered what it takes to look like that, but of course couldn’t go up to a perfect stranger and start digging into their personal life. Who hasn’t, right?

In this series, Camille Hugh, best selling author and fitness blogger, asks random New Yorker’s to go in depth and reveal exactly what they do, eat, and their philosophy to have their enviable figures – and they answer. From their weight, height, how often they eat out, and whether they count calories, no question is off limits.

There’s more than one way to look amazing; get ready for the T from real people on getting and staying slim and fit.

 

Transcript:

Camille: Hi everyone, I’m camille and today i’m doing another one of our series of what’s your secret. Today I’m in Prospect Park in brooklyn and I found someone hanging out on the grass. What’s your name?

Dana: My name is Dana

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How to Swim For Exercise without getting Broad Shoulders

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If you know me, then you know I’m all about feminine proportions. That means not having one are of the body much bigger than others (unless it’s butt and boobs) or having a physique that look masculine.

By masculine I mean broad shoulders, large muscular thighs, back, and calves, and thick necks. These are all very masculine; if you don’t believe me stop a random man on the street, ask him to describe his ideal body, and you’ll hear all of the above.

So when my partner surprised me with 3 months worth of swimming lessons – I know swimming basics but cannot tread water and don’t feel comfortable in the deep end – I was conflicted.

Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. It’s great for cardio and resistance training, low impact, fun, and is a head to toe activity (works a lot of different parts of the body at one time), so I was looking forward to having two days a week in which to switch up my workout routine. Variety is not only the spice of life, but a surefire way to stick to your fitness plans.

However, I am well aware of the physique of female swimmers: see my definition of masculine above. They are typically shaped like inverted triangles (chiseled shoulders that taper down to the hips), which is great if that’s the look you’re going for – many are not. Additionally, once you get broad shoulders it’s hard to get rid of.

Being the life hacker I am, I decided to do some research to see if there are any strokes or ways to train that would put less emphasis on the developing the shoulders and biceps. Some people say it can’t be done but I know if there’s a will, there’s a way. Here’s how to add swimming to your workout regimen without getting broad shoulders:

  1. Stick to swimming styles that don’t require much use of your upper body – fin style, eel style, back stroke, and  are in. Butterfly, front crawl, breast stroke and freestyle are out.
  2. Use a kick board and just work on different kicking styles across the water.
  3. If you do use strokes that require use of your shoulder, slow down. The harder and faster you swim, the more burn you’ll get. Burn = build.
  4. Limit swimming to 30 – 40 mins, once or twice a week. If you train like a competitive swimmer, don’t expect not to look like one. Be aware that the more advanced you get at swimming the more efficient you become and the less calories you burn doing the same workout.

Before anyone gets offended that everyone doesn’t want huge shoulders, note that I acknowledge hopping in the water once or twice won’t make your shoulders and back blow up. However, any training that you do will alter your shape. Even a little growth in these areas might not be desirable to some, and that’s okay!

Follow the above tips and you’ll be able to get the best of both worlds – a new way to work out and burn calories, and a physique that makes you happy.

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Can #GNO Dancing at the club count as your workout for the day?

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Everyone is always trying to make working out more fun and less like a mandatory chore of the worst kind – a la cleaning the bathroom.

So, it’s understandable to want to skip the bikini body guide in lieu of a girl’s night out dancing at the club; but are you just kidding yourself when you log your night of hip shaking and booty popping as your cardio for the day or can you do real damage when it comes to calorie-burning simply by tearing up the dance floor?

The answer is, the ubiquitous and very vague, it depends –

If you dance pretty much non stop for a minimum of one hour, really move your arms, legs, hips and waist, elevate your heart beat and keep it high, then yes. Working up a good sweat because you are working your muscles as opposed to the fact that you are in a packed cramped space lacking in proper ventilation can definitely count as cardio. This is pretty much why people can lose weight doing zumba or just taking dance classes (hip hop, ballet, etc.)

However, if you are doing the two step, your towering heels have relegated you to shimmying every now and then while you sway from side to side, or you dance for one song before sitting out the next three and repeat, then yes, you are in fact kidding yourself by trying to kill the #gno and #cardio workout birds with one stone.

Now, if you have in fact danced the night away but you’ve also been shooting back sugary alcoholic drinks from the bar, just know that all your hard effort will be for naught. Those drinks are full of sugar/carbs and therefore calories! So, do your wallet and your waistline a favor by skipping it, and if you’re one of those people that needs a drink in your hand opt for water or seltzer water with lemon instead.

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Work your Butt without Swelling your Legs and Thighs

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If you have read any of my fitness books you now by now that I am not a fan of squats (especially weighted squats!). Before you assume I hate squats because I can’t do them or because they are too difficult – that is not the case.

When I first began my work out journey squats were the go to exercise of all the work out videos / classes (and judging by what I see today, they still are). I did squats almost every day and suffered for it. Thank god the things we do to our bodies are reversible.

Sure, squats can help you get a nice round lifted butt, but side effects include enlarged *some might say bulky* quadriceps and hamstrings. Yup, you heard me right. Doing a crapload of squats as pushed in those 30 day squat challenges will leave you with bulging thighs. Take a good look at the picture up above to see what muscles are being activated when you do squats.

Surely, you are familiar with convex shaped thighs – you know those flared legs with the tear drop that all the male body builders are after? Here’s a visual for you. This is the result of heavy squats and leg presses. Looks good on men, but most women wouldn’t want to adopt this look for themselves.

Now, before the lift heavy proponents invade this space talking about how women don’t have enough testosterone to produce this level of muscle and that squats won’t get you here as a woman unless you are taking steroids – take note that even a toned down version of convex shaped legs are undesirable and unattractive to some women.

This is what women are referring to when they say they don’t want bulky legs. If you are very very lean (have very low body fat) doing ten thousands squats will still give your legs this shape but they probably won’t look as bulky, but if you carry any fat in your legs, as most women do *pear shaped ladies, stand up*, then things end up looking a lot harder than most women would like.

So, what’s a girl with a flat bum to do if she doesn’t want to end up with a nice round peach with a huge side of convex thighs?

Easy – ditch the squats and adopt these other great exercises that will work the buttocks while leaving the quads and hamstrings alone.

Other Exercises Besides Squats the work the Butt:

Plies – If you find yourself in a workout class that calls for copious amounts of squats just substitute it with a plie instead and you won’t look too out of place. If the instructor comes over and tries to correct your form by telling you to sit back or turn your toes in, just tell her you did squats yesterday and are modifying to give those muscles a rest.

Deadlifts

Toe Taps

clamshells

Glute bridge

Reverse lunge

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No money, No problem in NYC – All the FREE fitness classes listed

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4548bd169aabf107_classIf you live in New York City, money is no excuse to skip working out. The abundance of free fitness classes in this city is at a fever pitch! So, whether you are bored with your current routine or just starting out and feeling woozy at the $30 per class studios, get ready to book mark this page.

For those of you in other parts of the world, especially major cities like London, don’t assume these free classes don’t exist in your neck of the woods. Get on google and search for these major brands and if they are in your city, chances are they will also be offering free fitness classes for your enjoyment. If all else fails, there is always youtube.

 

Athleta – *not to be confused with lululemon’s athletica* A ton of free classes (see their schedule here http://stores.athleta.net/store-7049/)

Bandier – free classes every week (rsvp required)

Elizabeth Street Garden (in soho) – Free vinyasa yoga on Sundays 11am – noon

Jackrabbit – Free run club and free fitness class in Brooklyn

Lole – Free run group on Mondays, Free sporadic fitness classes

Lululemon – Free Sweaty Saturday on Saturdays, Free yoga on Sundays

Shake Shack – (yes, that shake shack) Free run club (https://www.facebook.com/ShackTrackAndField)

Sweaty Betty – Get Fit for free Mondays and Tuesdays at their Soho or Flatiron locations

Nike – Free run club on Sunday’s (http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/running/nike-run-club)

NYC PARKS – Free workouts in the parks (prospect park, brooklyn bridge park, etc.) in the summer months (http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc)

Yoga to the People – There is a suggested donation of $10, but it is not required to participate (http://yogatothepeople.com/new-york/east-village-st-marks/schedule-fees/)

These are just some of the regular classes that are held. There are also tons of one off events being held in NYC every month from studios/gyms like Soul cycle *check out their free community rides*,  yoga works, New York Sports Club, power studios, etc.

Sign up for their mailing lists or like these brands on facebook / twitter to get in the loop

Know of any other free classes happening regularly in NYC that I missed? Share them in the comments section below

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How to Exercise on the Cheap (No gym membership required!)

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workout_without_gym_freeAs you may or may not know, I am a huge proponent of working out to burn calories, sculpt toned muscles, firm up the jiggle and just generally feel good (depending on your workout it can be quite meditative).In fact, I lost the bulk of my weight jumping around 5 times a week for a year straight in the comfort of my living room – wearing nothing but a sports bra and some skivvies.

However, too many people think working out involves obtaining an expensive gym membership, and engaging in inconvenient rituals such as buying the right workout clothes and traveling to and from the gym or workout studio. Of course, if they can’t afford the cost of a gym or don’t have the right outfit/shoes, then working out gets put off to the side.

In this day and age, not being able to afford a gym membership is a pretty lame excuse to avoid working out.

I was recently interviewed for an article by Reagan Nickl on mvelopes.com – a personal finance management app to help people live within their means (http://www.mvelopes.com/7-ways-to-skip-the-gym-and-still-lose-weight-for-free/) where I gave some tips on frugal fitness.

However, some of my tips didn’t make the article and I wanted to highlight them here;  so without further ado, here are some of my favorite fitness tips and alternatives to an expensive gym membership:

* Youtube videos – There are tons of youtube channels with partial or full length workouts –  choose from the personal channels of celebrity trainers, networks that post nothing but workout videos, or local workout instructors who upload their live classes to the site.

While many of these videos are shorter in length than the time I recommend (at least 60 minutes), you can comprise your own full length workouts by making a playlist of shorter videos to give you a more personalized and varied routine while still meeting the one hour requirement.

* Free workouts in the park – When the weather heats up the parks promote getting outdoors by not only offering free yoga and bootcamp style classes, but other activities that will get your heart rate pumping, such as free rowing programs.

Of course, you can also just bring a jump rope to the park and skip for 20 minutes to burn calories on par with a much longer stint on the treadmill, or if you’re lucky, your park may have a designated area for exercise type equipment. Failing that, the jungle gym can come in very handy for pull-ups, knee ups (work those abs), crunches, dips, etc.

* Running or cycling meet up groups – These groups, and other activity / sports based meet ups, are usually free and will allow you to meet and get to know like minded people who can hopefully inspire you to keep showing up. It’s like having tons of work out buddies that won’t ever flake on you (at least one other person – the organizer – is bound to show up).

* Pedal to the metal – Riding your bike (just avoid hills and steep inclines if you don’t want to build up the thighs too much) is a great way to get your heart rate pumping and burn calories. If you don’t have a bike but reside in a city with a bike share program,  you have yet another way to get some exercise in on the cheap. Alternatively, a number of bike sharing websites have popped up that will allow you to rent your neighbor’s bike for as little as $5 a pop.

* Workout DVD’s – The old standby, and again, how I originally got into shape, is fitness DVD’s. While many of the older ones can be found online, you can find these just as effective videos on the cheap on websites like craigslist and ebay, or even snag them for free on websites like free cycle or the library.

* Exercise books and pins – Videos are not the only game in town! There are many books with full workout routines you can follow that can be found for free at the library, on amazon on the cheap for a limited time (kindle unlimited or the books under $3 tabs), and worksheets with detailed sets and reps can be found on sites like pinterest and tumblr.

* Income based workout programs – Companies like yoga to the people strive to bring yoga to the masses by allowing every individual to pay based on their income.

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How to Stay Motivated When you’ve Lost Weight, but Have More to Go

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stop-giving-upPART II

This question came to me yesterday and I wanted to make sure I shared it, along with my response, here because I thought it could be beneficial to anyone who is currently facing the same problem. The first part deals with how to stay motivated and stop making excuses to work out when you formerly had the zeal and zest to do so.

It’s a very common problem people face, especially after they’ve lost a lot of weight and the weight loss has slowed or they’ve hit a plateau. Thankfully, the answers are not so complicated and difficult to turning things around – in fact there are pretty simple and effective solutions. My answer to this aspect of the question can be found here.

The second part of the question deals with how to prevent backsliding on your diet/exercise regimen and tap back into the motivation you once had specifically after you’ve lost a lot of weight but still have more to go.

Here’s the question and my answer to part II follows.

QUESTION:

Ok. I’ve lost 127 lbs. I hurt my knee pretty bad and needed surgery. I am fully recovered but I’m having suck a hard time with being motivated this time around and I don’t know why. I loved working out before and looked forward to it. Now I find myself making excuses not to. My surgery was 15 months ago. I gained 4 lbs right after surgery because I couldnt move much. I have not gained anything else, just the 4. I also find myself eating stuff I know I shouldn’t because I’m no longer trying to maintain my weight I’m trying to lose some weight. Do you have any advice?

MY ANSWER – Part II:

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How to Stop Making Excuses to Work Out (Reader Question)

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No-workout-excuses-292x300This question came to me today and I wanted to make sure I shared it, along with my response, here because I thought it could be beneficial to anyone who is currently facing the same problem. It deals with how to stay motivated and stop making excuses to work out when you formerly had the zeal and zest to do so.

It’s a very common problem people face, especially after they’ve lost a lot of weight and the weight loss has slowed or they’ve hit a plateau. Thankfully, the answers are not so complicated and difficult to turning things around – in fact there are pretty simple and effective solutions.

I’ll tackle the question in two parts – the first part will deal with how to stop making excuses when it comes to working out and the second part on how to quit backsliding on your diet/exercise regimen specifically after you’ve lost a lot of weight but still have more to go.

Here’s the question and my answer follows.

QUESTION:

Ok. I’ve lost 127 lbs. I hurt my knee pretty bad and needed surgery. I am fully recovered but I’m having suck a hard time with being motivated this time around and I don’t know why. I loved working out before and looked forward to it. Now I find myself making excuses not to. My surgery was 15 months ago. I gained 4 lbs right after surgery because I couldnt move much. I have not gained anything else, just the 4. I also find myself eating stuff I know I shouldn’t because I’m no longer trying to maintain my weight I’m trying to lose some weight. Do you have any advice?

 

MY ANSWER – Part I:

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5 Ways to Slim Down Big, Bulky or Muscular Calves

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Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 2.22.55 PM 1.05.38 AMI got the following message on my Facebook wall the other day regarding how to slim down muscular, over-toned calves

This is a common problem amongst many women, who find their calves are so big that it plays a huge role on their self esteem and makes them extremely self conscious. Not mention, buying jeans, boots and wearing high heels or clothes that show off the calves wind up being a complete disaster.

So, what do you do?

Well, I have never personally felt like my calves were too muscular, as I did with my thighs, however I did notice that when I lose weight doing the techniques outlined in my book, The Thigh Gap Hack, my entire legs slimmed down drastically… including my calves.

The calves are not so different than the thighs – they can both get too bulky and muscular for our taste, so I’ve decided to do a video response to this often asked question outlining 5 things you can start doing today to slim down your calves.

If you’ve ever dealt with this problem before, or found something that worked for you please share in the comments section. Watch the video after the jump!

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NEW! Cardio Dance Workout |Talk Dirty to me – Jason Derulo & 2 Chainz

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Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 9.15.08 AMAllow me to talk dirty to you for a second –

Get your @$s up and do my  ridiculously fun, fat blasting cardio dance choreographed workout video, NOW!

That’s right, the latest and greatest calorie burning thigh gap workout is up on my channel http://www.youtube.com/thighgaphack

It’s a brand spanking new, low impact – HIGH intensity, cardio dance workout set to Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz’s crazy popular song, Talk Dirty to Me! #noexcuses

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Fat Burning Cardio Dance Workout – WATCH ONLINE FREE!

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dubstep-cardio

Who says cardio needs to be boring and brutal?

The latest fat burning cardio dance workout with yours truly is up. This weeks choreographed workout routine is to David Guetta and Akon’s ‘Sexy Bitch’ or ‘Sexy Chick’… and it’s a little different because it’s a dub step version of the song.

The objective with these videos is to make cardio fun. When the music is pumping and it’s fun the time flies, you’re more likely to get your cardio in more frequently, and that means you’ll burn calorie/fat and see the results you seek.

Now, since I choreograph each workout to a specific pop song, they tend to be around 4 to 7 minutes long. Obvious-town, that’s not going to cut it when it comes to burning fat. You need at least 30 minutes of sustained physical activity that gets your heart rate up.

This means you’ll need to do this specific routine a few times over or combine a few of my videos together. I’ll take care of getting your heart rate up with every single one! Make sure you leave a comment on the youtube page or right here letting me know what you think of the workout and how many times you were able to do it through.

Leave song requests as well! NOW LET’S GET TO WORK!

Watch the video after the jump

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Beyonce’s Thigh Gap at the Grammys (2014) *I was Right*

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Remember when I wrote a post a little while back about how Beyonce didn’t have a thigh gap but she probably wanted one?

I was raked over the coals for saying so. You see, everyone was going around saying you don’t need a thigh gap because Beyonce didn’t have one and she was being held up as the hottest woman on the planet.

Well, then the 2014 grammy’s happened and lo and behold, Bey came out sporting much thinner legs and something like a thigh gap. *Gasp*

Does this now mean that you DO need a thigh gap, because well, Beyonce felt like she needed one?

To answer my own question, of course not – but as we can clearly see even Beyonce is of the opinion that being thin/slim is desirable… apparently more desirable than having ‘thick’ or ‘full’ thighs or she wouldn’t have touched hers. Can you deny that Beyonce doesn’t look her absolute best (better than she has ever looked even) with a straight face?

And before the trolls come in here and say most men would prefer Beyonce when she was ‘curvier’, please stop deluding yourself. No straight man would throw the svelte version of Beyonce out of their bed because she looks smoking hot with a thigh gap!

Now, let me get to the question you all want to know…

How did Beyonce get her thigh gap?

Well, there could be a few reasons and no one but Beyonce can say for sure.

* Wider Hips after Childbirth – Many women have been known to have wider hips after giving birth to their children. As you know by now if you’ve read any of my other articles on how to get a thigh gap, wider hips will make it easier for you to achieve the thigh gap.

* Liposuction / plastic surgery – Ok, it’s pretty darn obvious to everyone but diehard stans in denial, that Beyonce has had a lot of work done over the years. Professional surgeons have speculated that she’s had a nose job, boob job, work done to her face (fillers,etc) and I am in agreement. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to consider that Beyonce may have gotten liposuction or body contouring to her inner and outer thighs to achieve her grammy night thigh gap.

* Diet – Some people are saying that Beyonce’s 22 day Vegan challenge is responsible for her thigh gap. I’ll have a post coming on whether begin vegan will guarantee you will lose weight, but it could be that Beyonce’s altered diet caused her to lose enough fat/body weight to reveal the thigh gap that was hidden under her extra pounds.

* Exercise – Beyonce has been on tour for the past year and dances/works out for about 3 hours for every performance. We can all probably agree that she goes hard and burns a ton of calories every night she’s on stage. Additionally, her workout involves a ton of cardio, and as described in my book cardio is great for fat burning – particularly, cardio that lasts at least 45 minutes.

Any one or a combination of these reasons could be the secret beyond Beyonce’s thigh gap during her ‘Drunk in Love’ 2014 grammy’s performance. Which do you think is the most plausible reason?

 

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New ‘Bikini Bridge Gap’ Cardio Dance Workout – Choreography

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bikini-bridge-gap-workoutIt’s your favorite time of the week – the moment when I post a killer cario dance workout for you to sweat and have fun to.

This week, I’ve chosen to do the cardio dance workout choreography to Katy Perry and Juicy J’s song, ‘Dark Horse’ from Katy’s album PRISM.

The song is pretty short (approximately 4 minutes), however you will hate me at the end of this.

I mean, I think I even went a bit overboard. Your heart rate is going to be elevated THE ENTIRE TIME, and your body will have no choice but to burn through the stored body fat from all of those end of the year/new year parties you’ve been attending.

SIDE BAR: I’ve been to 3 birthday parties already for the new year. If you celebrated your birthday, consider this my present to you!

Also, have you been sticking to your new year’s goals so far? Tell me your top three goals for the year in the comments section below and I’ll pick one lucky commenter to give a surprise free gift to.

The entire workout video is after the jump, so click the read more button to watch it

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Cardio Dance Workout – Calvin Harris “Thinking About You”

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calvinharriscardioA new cardio dance workout is up on my youtube channel. This week, I’ve choreographed a full body routine to Calvin Harris’ song “Thinking About You”. If you ever wished working out didn’t have to be so boring (which might make you do it more) today is your lucky day.

Every week a new video is added, so make sure you subscribe to the channel. Leave your comments below to let me know what you think of the workout – how many times you did it all the way through – and to request the next song!

The full video is available after the jump

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Beyonce’s – Drunk in Love Cardio Dance Workout – IS LIVE

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meUnless you’ve been doing one of those weird technology purging thingies, you’ll know that Beyonce released a secret album a few days ago on iTunes (the same night I released the cardio dance workout video to Grown Woman – Click here to watch that)

The album features 17 videos and 14 songs and my favorite tracks are Grown woman, Drunk in Love and XO.

Expect some more cardio dance workouts to some more songs from Beyonce’s album in the future.

In the meantime, get ready to really work your abs, obliques and legs in this week’s fat burning cardio workout, available for viewing after the jump.

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Cardio Dance Workout – Grown Woman (Beyonce)

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grownwomanstillHello all!

How many of you caught the Victoria Secret’s fashion show last night?

Aren’t those ladies absolutely stunning?!

Well, if you want to get a body like a VS model, you have to do your cardio! Contrary to popular opinion, cardio doesn’t have to be BORING! Dance cardio is one of my favorite ways to get my heart rate elevated.

You can get your cardio workout with me today and any other day!

A new cardio dance workout video has been added to my channel ‘thigh gap hack’ on youtube.com

Check it out after the cut (and don’t forget to subscribe)

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Tori Spelling Reveals Truth about Diet vs. Exercise

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In a new tell all book, Tori Spelling has come clean about the way she lost the baby weight for child number 4. She was previously quoted as telling a popular magazine that she did it through swimming, otherwise known as exercise or physical activity.

However, she has now revealed that she lied back then, and the actual way she lost the weight was through dieting. The reason she fibbed the truth? She plain and simple doesn’t like doing exercise and knew that women would not be happy to hear she lost it the good old fashioned way, by refusing to stuff her face.

Now, I’m a huge exercise advocate! I think looking toned and slim is more appealing than just looking slim – and to be clear, when I say toned I mean taught and tight with no flabbiness, not bulging muscles! I realize that some of you may feel differently.

However, it’s an ‘evil’ truth that when it comes to dieting vs. exercise to lose weight/fat, dieting will win every single time. You can’t outwork a bad diet by doing some crunches or going for a run. Just think about the fact that a rigorous hour long workout may burn 400 calories, if you’re lucky. Whereas, you can consume a medium sized bag of popcorn for the same amount of calories and ‘feel’ hungry a mere two hours later.

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FREE Thigh Gap Workout App – (Best Workout App)

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thigh gap applicationWant to know what the best workout app (for android or iphone) is?

Duh, It’s the ‘Thigh Gap App!’

While getting a thigh gap is all about the food choices that you make, exercise contributes to the overall effect. In fact, some exercises can work to seriously hamper your progress. Specifically, squats, lunges, leg presses and any other heavy resistance exercises that you put your legs through, can cause some women to overdevelop their thigh muscles, which works to fill in the very gap you’re trying to create!

Since the trolls are out in full force, I feel the need to add a disclaimer that if you love big leg muscles, more power to you! However, the women that are visiting THIS SITE have a different goal in mind when it comes to what sexy, feminine legs look like.

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Does Running Make Your Legs Bigger?

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The effects of Running on Legs

The effects of Running on Legs

My first attempt at working out to lose weight had me jogging in the park for about an hour. After some time, I wasn’t feeling as challenged so I began running faster and longer.

However, I soon grew dismayed that while I was losing some weight, my thighs appeared to be getting bigger! At 5’1 inches, my goal was to reduce fat in my legs as opposed to building muscles/mass. Since my legs weren’t trimming down, I started to look into whether running caused legs to get bigger.

But do any research on the web and you will be confused for days. What you’ll find is that there are a lot of people who swear that running is the only thing that will actually make their legs smaller, while another set will have exactly the opposite effect, like me. So what exactly is going on here?

Cardio exercise will burn calories for sure, so one would think running, which is a great form of cardio, would melt the fat off your body. And this is actually true. Even ectomorphs will find their upper bodies responding quickly to this form of cardio, but the magic question is will running effectively target and get rid of the stubborn fat most women hold on to in their legs? Unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and dry.

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