Saddlebags is the commonly given to deposits of fat located on the sides of the upper legs and the area directly below the buttocks. The problem stems from a lack of muscle in the glutes and hamstrings. With little muscle to support it, the excess fat in his area falls outwards and forwards to the sides of the thighs. Strengthening and building the glutes and hamstrings will pull muscles upwards and towards backs of the thighs.
Toning exercises for saddlebags won’t get of your saddlebags if you are overweight. However, it’s never too soon to start doing them. Exercises that target the saddlebag area will firm and tighten the underlying muscles so that when you lose your excess weight, your thighs will look sleeker.
1. Elbow Plank With Donkey Kick:
How to Do:
- Begin in an elbow plank with elbows directly under shoulders, abs engaged toward the spine.
- Don’t let the pelvis sag down or pop up.
- Lift left leg off the ground, bending your knee so the sole of your foot is toward the ceiling.
- Keep pelvis square to the floor. Don’t let your pelvis twist.
- Press your left heel toward the ceiling as high as you can without moving your pelvis or lower back.
- The motion will not be huge but rather concentrated on the booty and hamstring.
- Lower the bent leg slightly, and repeat for a total of eight to 10 repetitions.
- Then switch sides. Do two sets on each leg.
2. Clamshells Exercise with Band:
How to Do:
- Lie on right side with knees bent at a 45-degree angle.
- Left leg stacked on top of right, and knees and ankles aligned.
- Keeping core engaged and ankles together, slowly open left knee to the sky.
- Pause, then return to starting position. Be sure to engage glutes and keep torso straight.
- Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.