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Joni Hyde is a Certified Personal Trainer and owner of


Q. I'm thin, but have cellulite on the backs and sides of my legs. I lost much of the muscle I once had there. I started working out with weights again, but the cellulite appears to be getting worse. Could this be possible? What's an effective way to get rid of my cellulite and get the toned legs I was once so proud of?

A. Your battle with cellulite it pretty normal. About 90 percent of all women have some amount of cellulite on their thighs or buttocks. Regarding your mention about the cellulite getting worse ... anything is possible, but proper weight training combined with a healthy diet will reduce the appearance.

Several factors contribute to the degree of your plight including heredity, lack of the appropriate type of exercise and a diet high in fat. However, no single factor can be blamed 100 percent. Unfortunately, it's simply a fact of female life.

So how do you get rid of cellulite? There are several different so called fixes out there including creams and even surgery. But by far, the most practical, safest and long lasting way to reduce cellulite is by combining a low-fat diet with an appropriate exercise program that tones the underlying muscle.

For ladies such as yourself battling with cellulite, I highly recommend circuit training. Circuit training combines aerobic elements and strength training into one workout. The very nature of circuit training fatigues the muscle groups helping to promote a reduction in actual size of the area, while decreasing the percentage of body fat . I recommend a 20 repetition concept which also keeps the heart rate up. Pick four lower body exercises each time you workout and rotate through each of them 3 or 4 times. Perform your circuit routine up to 5 times a week for maximum results.

This type of training will create more fat-burning muscle while still giving you a longer, leaner and cellulite free body.

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