The appearance of cellulite is a problem for many women regardless of shape and size. Fight the fat with our top anti-cellulite creams that deliver proven skin-firming results. We talk with actress Kerry Washington’s personal trainer David Kirsch, who shares his top body-boosting exercises that help tone and tighten the legs, thighs, tummy and tush.
By Qianna Smith
We’ve all heard the expression “cottage cheese thighs” when referring to the appearance of cellulite on the body. Contrary to popular belief, it’s your genes and not your weight that determine whether or not your body will show signs of cellulite, which is lumps of accumulated fat under the skin.
“At this point, there is no outstanding treatment for cellulite,” says Dr. Molly Wanner, an instructor in dermatology at Harvard Medical School. A lasting cellulite remedy would require changing the structure of skin, which is presently not possible.
“There are a number of products out there utilizing sophisticated ingredients including my own Slim-Sculpting Scrub, which can improve your skin tone and texture. This is complementary to a workout and nutrition regime but not in place of it,” says Kerry Washington’s celeb trainer David Kirsch.
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Whether you opt to experiment with anti-cellulite creams, laser therapy, tissue massages or liposuction, the most overlooked treatment is exercises targeted to cellulite-prone areas.
“To firm, sculpt, and shrink the hips thighs and buttocks, I have clients like Kerry Washington do a variety of cardio-sculpting (cardio + weights) moves utilizing only a medicine ball and stability ball several times per week,” shares Kirsch.
“A combination of cardio exercises on the rowing machine, treadmill, elliptical or The Gauntlet, will help blast fat in the lower half of the body,” says Kirsch.
One of the exercises Kerry Washington’s training plan is the Platypus Walk.
How to do it: Start in a plié squat position with your hands behind your head and thighs parallel to the ground. Waddle forward. Waddle with your right foot in front of your left, staying engaged in the plié squat. Then reverse. You can hold a medicine ball overhead to make this even more challenging.
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“In addition to intense workouts, you need to be mindful of what you are feeding your body in order to keep it looking trim and tight,” says Kirsch.
“Clients like Kerry Washington stay energized by substituting high carb, high fat foods with a diet rich in lean protein and low-calorie, fiber-rich vegetables. These foods not only keep you trim, but have an amazing impact on the shape of the body, the appearance of skin, hair and nails.”
“No matter what you do to your body on the surface, you can’t create sculpted muscles, glowing skin and the confidence that come from exercise and eating right. Remember that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to get the body you were born to have,” says Kirsch, who is blogging for the MSN.com Summer Fitness Challenge.
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