Although its name implies otherwise, the ThighMaster is for much more than working out your thighs. This resistance-based exercise tool can help you work out most of your body, from your arms to your legs. ThighMaster exercises vary between products, however, as there are two types of ThighMaster.
ThighMaster Gold vs. ThighMaster LBX
There are two types of ThighMaster products, the ThighMaster Gold and the ThighMaster LBX (which is also known as the ButtMaster). Both are resistance devices and are very similar to one another.
The main difference is that the ThighMaster LBX is a little longer than the ThighMaster Gold with a slight curvature on the ends. This small feature means that a wider range of ThighMaster exercises can be performed with this product.
The ThighMaster Gold is marketed as a product that can help tighten and tone your thighs – particularly your inner thighs. In comparison, the ThighMaster LBX is marketed as a product that can help tighten and tone your outer thighs, glutes and hips.
However, these products can be used for more than just your lower body. Both the ThighMaster Gold and ThighMaster LBX can be used to work out your arms, shoulders, chest and back.
Performing ThighMaster Exercises
You can perform a variety of different exercises with the ThighMaster. A good ThighMaster workout can enable you to tone the vast majority of your body, from your arms and legs to your chest and upper back.
Always warm-up before starting a workout. A 5- to 10-minute session that incorporates gentler exercises, like stretching, can help prevent injuries.
Move #1. The Inner Thigh Exercise
This thigh workout is the main exercise that the ThighMaster was created for. It specifically targets your adductor muscles.
- Sit down with your feet together. Make sure that you choose a chair that supports your back.
- Place the ThighMaster between your knees, with each handle pressed against your inner thighs. Rest each of your hands on their respective handles.
- Move your knees together, then gradually bring them apart.
- Start out with 10 to 12 reps. However, feel free to work your way up to 20 to 30 reps if you find that 10 to 12 is too easy.
There are several variations of this exercise. The exercise itself is the same; you're simply changing the position of your feet. In this YouTube video, physical therapist Nick Rosencutter recommends doing high reps (20 to 3o) of each variation back to back.
Move #2. The Chest and Breast Exercise
ThighMaster exercises often work out one limb at a time. This exercise requires you to move both your arms simultaneously. and can work the biceps, triceps, chest, shoulder and back muscles.
- Hold the upper portion of the ThighMaster's handles so that one hand is on each side of the yellow connecting cap. Your arms should rest along the length of the ThighMaster's handles.
- Slowly move your arms together by squeezing the ThighMaster with your elbows. Try to get your elbows as close to one another as possible.
- Repeat 10 to 12 times.
You can increase the difficulty of this exercise by raising your forearms to shoulder height. They should be parallel to the floor.
Move #3. The Upper Back Exercise
This ThighMaster exercise works out your lats and deltoids.
- Place one of the ThighMaster's handles against your side, under your arm. Your arm will be slightly elevated, and the yellow cap connecting the two handles should rest against the front of your chest. Grip the yellow cap with the elevated arm.
- Hold the ThighMaster in place with your other arm.
- Squeeze down, so that you're pushing down on the arm that has the ThighMaster under it. Push down so that the inside of your elbow moves toward your hip.
- Resist as you bring the ThighMaster back to its original position.
- Repeat at least 10 times, then switch to the other arm. Make sure each repetition is gradual and controlled.
ThighMaster instructions are also detailed in the ThighMaster website's workout video. A ThighMaster workout video is also available for purchase.
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ThighMaster Exercises vs. Other Workouts
According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 80 percent of Americans don't get enough exercise. While moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is ideal, any increase in physical activity can be beneficial to your health.
ThighMaster exercises are an easy way for people to exercise at home — especially if you're the type of person who likes to multitask. They can also be ideal if you're recovering from an injury and can only exercise a specific area of your body.
However, for most people, compound exercises are likely to be a better choice. This is because compound exercises are more efficient and effective in comparison to isolation exercises. Unfortunately, most ThighMaster exercises are isolation exercises.
According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) , compound exercises allow you to use several muscle groups simultaneously. On the other hand, the Australian Fitness Academy defines isolation movements as exercises that focus on a single muscle or muscle group.
Compound exercises might sound complicated, but many common exercises, like push-up and pull-ups, fall into this category. The ACE also recommends compound exercises like squats, loaded carries and deadlifts. Among these, squats and deadlifts are likely to be best for your thighs.
- American Council on Exercise: "5 Compound Exercises You Should Add to Your Workout"
- Australian Fitness Academy: "What Are Compound Exercises?"
- YouTube.com: "Thighmaster Can Actually Be Useful"
- ThighMaster.com: "How-to Video"
- Cleveland Clinic: "80% of Americans Don’t Get Enough Exercise — and Here’s How Much You Actually Need"