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Transforming Your Muscles to get the Most Out of What You Already Have

I’ve always been very thicc, like as in I’ve always been very muscular, even as a kid.

I couldn’t physically be any skinnier without being unhealthy, so I didn’t think I could ever really change how I looked or how I fit into clothes. Then I started doing these training exercises that would give me more control over my muscles.

And it made all the difference.

My legs had always been very straight and block-like, but now they had the curve that girls without all that muscle had… because these exercises had shifted the muscles from being useless blocks on the tops of my thighs to being key balancers on the sides (which got me those curves).

One great example of what happened was that I low-key got kind of a thigh gap because the muscles shifted. I wasn’t necessarily working toward this in particular because I thought needed one, but it’s nice especially in the summer and they’re not rubbing together as much.

I never want to advocate for trying to get a different body type than what you have, but this is how to train your body so your muscles all functioning at their best capacity… and in a way that will get you the figure of being lean or small without becoming lean or small or being less of yourself.

The best leg exercises that are going to work your core and your legs, because those are the two biggest muscle groups in your body.

  • V-Ups
  • Planks
  • Hollow Body Rock
  • Windshield Wipers

Then here’s the Leg-centric exercises.

  • Halfway Handstand
  • Inner-Thigh Lifts
  • Crab-Holds

Most of what helps me is lifting my leg somehow and seeing how long I can hold it in one position. You get so much control over your body this way. If you want, running will help tone your legs as well, but I definitely wouldn’t have seen these results with running alone.

Anyway, that’s how I transformed the muscle placement in my legs. And in less than a semester… And I didn’t have to leave my living room.

 

 

 

 

Maggie Lerum

UW Lax '20

Maggie Lerum is an adventurer and aspiring author from Greybull, Wyoming. She attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, studying Linguistics and Creative Writing. When she's not outside or yelling at her plants, she's writing her first novel.
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