The Best Exercise to Get Rid of Knee Fat
Though I’m not crazy about the term, we’ve all heard of “cankles,” the unfortunate nickname for a woman’s ankle area when it lacks a certain desired shape. But recently I stumbled across an article discussing another body concern, something they dubbed “kninkles,” or above-the-knee wrinkles – and the sagging knee fat that accompanies it. Regardless of our shape or size, many women are plagued by that area of the body, especially as we age. So what are we to do about these so-called “kninkles”?
It’s something countless women have asked me about over the years: Will squats help cinch up the fat around my knees? Are lunges the key to lean, lovely legs? Or should I just try and run (literally) away from the problem?
The answer to all of these questions, quite simply, is yes – all of these approaches are key. Squats and lunges are both terrific ways to strengthen and tone the quadriceps (the muscles on the front of your leg) as well as the glutes – and the toning power of lower body strength training can work wonders on sagging knees. And running, as we all know, burns tons of calories, which can help deal with trouble spots, like knee fat. But you don’t have to spend hours doing multiple exercises in order to tighten your thighs. The trick is to attack it from every angle.
That’s why I developed my Matrix System. In this functional, full-body workout, you imagine yourself standing in the center of a clock. So anytime you move directly forward, for example, you’re going to 12:00. Directly back, and you’re at 6:00. When you move forward but slightly to the right, that’s 2:00. And so on.
This type of training puts a great spin on any tired old workout. Traditional lunges are effective. But take that lunge and put it into the Matrix – so that you’re lunging not just at 12:00 and 6:00, but at 3:00, 9:00, 2:00, etc. So you’re not only toning the glutes and thighs, but you’re targeting your quadriceps and inner and outer thighs from every possible angle. All of that in one simple but multi-faceted move.
When you step into the Matrix, you’re taking a major step toward tighter, toned, dynamite legs, and saying goodbye to fat knees. Try it, and see for yourself!
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