Shape Up Your Butt and Thighs

Ready to get firmer thighs and a better backside?

By Barbara Russi Sarnataro
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD

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The trick to getting nicely sculpted thighs and glutes is specifically targeting these muscle groups -- the quadriceps (front of the thighs), hamstrings (back of the thighs), and gluteals (butt).

Building these muscles will increase stamina in most everything you do, including climbing stairs, getting out of a chair, squatting to pick up a baby off the floor, or walking the grocery aisles.

Some of the largest in the body, the upper leg muscles, are made up of quadriceps, hamstrings, abductors (outer thighs), and adductors (inner thighs) and it is important that they be worked with some balance, says exercise physiologist and personal trainer Nicole Gunning.

"You want to develop these muscles in a balanced way for optimal function," says Gunning. "Otherwise you end up with things like improper gait, problems with balance, and trouble with normal daily living activities."

Weak, tight, or imbalanced muscles are going to manifest in more than just reduced performance. Over time, these imbalances cause bigger problems.

"Over-attention to any muscle group is going to cause a compromise in another," says Gunning.

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