The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book
Erika Dillman
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The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book
Erika Dillman
Warner Books
192 pages
March 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Being an avid exerciser and having concerns about the size and shape of my rear end and thighs (what woman doesn’t, with the looming bathing suit season?), I was interested in checking out The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book. Who doesn’t want a toned rear end and slim, sleek thighs? I think almost all women would raise their hand and shout, “Yes!” if they were to be completely honest with themselves. Of course, this book may appeal to men, too, and the author notes that fact, although Dillman acknowledges that the butt and thighs are mainly “problem areas” for women, not men. However, Dillman heartily encourages men to use this book to shape up, too.

The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book is exactly what its title claims – it is a little book devoted to shaping up the butt and thighs. I like the book’s small size because its petite nature somehow makes the task of shaping up less daunting. However, do not let the size of the book make you think work will not be involved as you shape up. While Dillman claims that a few short workouts a week will net you toned thighs, slender hips and a firm butt, work is definitely involved, and you need to work out for weeks before any results are visible (Dillman recommends the use of a tape measure to track your progress).

The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book is a comprehensive training guide to target the trouble areas. There are four mini-workouts designed to “resize” and “reshape” the thigh, hip, and butt muscles that should also improve balance, coordination and help you fit into that dreaded swimsuit come summer. However, Dillman wisely cautions that excess fat plays a big part in one’s shape, and calories must be part of the “equation” when seeking a toned physique. Simply put, those nicely toned muscles are going to be covered up by fat if you have too much of it.

While I have yet to try all of the workouts, I tested the waters by trying two of the mini-workouts and reviewing all of the exercises in the book. The instructions are easy to follow, and the pictures of the exercise moves helped me to understand the movements in each exercise. Some of the leg lifts were familiar to me and will be familiar to most exercises, although Dillman added some moves that I had not seen before. She recommends a few repetitions for each exercise in a workout, and I found my muscles were definitely “waking up” and were fatigued by the second round of repetitions. I try to exercise regularly, and I consider myself neither a beginner exerciser nor an “expert.” With 25 exercise modifications, this book can serve beginners to the more advanced fitness buffs looking to tone up their lower body. Additionally, Dillman provides advice and information regarding dreaded cellulite, information regarding good posture, information regarding calorie and weight control, as well as successful training techniques.

I recommend The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book for anyone wanting a firmer, more svelte lower body that is willing to put in the time commitment to shape up. Dillman’s book is easy to read with clear instructions and the fact her book solely concentrates on the lower body has helped me focus on my own goals of shaping up.

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