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Old 03-08-11, 11:13 AM  
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That makes sense. But for those of us overblessed with buttage perhaps lighter weights/no weights is the way to go....
Yes. When I did The Firms, I got a higher, rounder butt but it was also bigger. Switching to bodyweight and floorwork with Margaret Richard gave me a more compact butt. Judging from her physique -- as an apple she tends to have a naturally flatter butt -- it would also work for pancake butts because hers is higher and rounder than mine and she is in her mid-60s. So it's never too late.
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Old 03-08-11, 11:19 AM  
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What IS shelf butt?

Does it stick out? Got a picture? I have no idea....

I'm curious because I started doing bench step ups/presses to get my hamstrings. I'm curious.
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Old 03-08-11, 11:35 AM  
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I believe it was called "square butt" or "spongebob butt"!
LOL, catchy names! I'll have to do a search to see if they produce any more results!

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Ah, the legend of the "shelf butt", lol!
"The legend of the shelf butt"...sounds like a VF horror movie.

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I've never heard of the shelf butt thing, but years ago when I did Volumes 1 thru 4 exclusively, my butt never looked better!
That's what I like to hear!

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I think I looked my best doing those classic Firms. Tho I was also a lot younger then too. No "shelf butt, sponge Bob butt etc.
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That makes sense. But for those of us overblessed with buttage perhaps lighter weights/no weights is the way to go.... for me, anyway.
*sigh* "overblessed with buttage"...raising hand here. I'll stick w/ my light weights, too. I have a Fanny Lifter, but it's being used for a stool (for my kiddos to get into bed)...so I'll just stick with Vol. 1 and not worry 'bout it!

Thanks for all the responses! It's been entertaining to read!
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Old 03-08-11, 11:43 AM  
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Also, IIRC, it happened - again to some women - when they went heavy on the tall box. The frequency of the tall box work (the Firm even used it for cardio workouts) plus heavy dumbbells was not always a good combination.

FWIW, I always felt the tall box press works well as a bodyweight exercise. If you have the right form and move slowly through the exercise, tightening your butt as you go through the motions, I don't consider additional weight necessary. Sometimes I add a couple of 5lb dumbbells but that's it.
I'm one of the ones who had Spongebob Butt. I found when I used a 12" or lower box and no weights there was no Spongebob Butt. My knees also thanked me.

I think many people, including myself, used momentum to climb on the 14" box rather than the glute muscles. A lower box and no weights forced me to contract the muscle, giving me a better shape and better workouts.
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Old 03-08-11, 11:53 AM  
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I think many people, including myself, used momentum to climb on the 14" box rather than the glute muscles.
I'd cling on to that 'FitStick' for dear life!!
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Old 03-08-11, 12:19 PM  
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Edited out: I think I misread the post.
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Old 03-08-11, 12:23 PM  
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Wasn't Tracie Long quoted as saying she never did tall box work except while filming because of the sponge bob butt effect?
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Old 03-08-11, 12:24 PM  
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I'm one of the ones who had Spongebob Butt. I found when I used a 12" or lower box and no weights there was no Spongebob Butt. My knees also thanked me.

I think many people, including myself, used momentum to climb on the 14" box rather than the glute muscles. A lower box and no weights forced me to contract the muscle, giving me a better shape and better workouts.
Oh and I should also add I've never gone above 12", but then I'm also short. It never gave me knee problems.
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Old 03-08-11, 12:40 PM  
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I use the Fanny Lifter for all box work, from early era up through the Fit Primes, which also use tall box, and I don't ever climb the full two-stack together, using instead only the blue portion for tall box and the purple for cardio/step. The only time I combine the full two-stack is for seated upper body or the hover squats that show up primarily in FIRM Basics and Fit Prime.

I go heavy on climbing the blue box, but I've got a wimpy upper body and "heavy" for me is currently 10 lbs. Whenever I've done a lot of FIRM workouts from these eras, my naturally...um, shall we say "ample" butt/hip/thigh area has slowly but surely deflated into a still curvy but much flatter and more compact little bum. It's still very round, though, a fact which I think DH is appreciative of.

I might have more of a "square" effect if I used the full double-stack/super tall height, but I'm just too short to be able to get up there!
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Old 03-08-11, 12:50 PM  
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Way back in the day, when i did the Firm 90 day rotation (Jan-March 2000), I LOVED the results. I was already at goal weight, so I had no weight to lose, but I lost an inch around my waist, my belly got really flat and..... I GAINED an inch around my hips!

It was awesome, because I have a tendency to be a flat-butted sorta gal, so for me to gain an inch of booty made me a very happy camper!

So I think if you're already bootylicious, gaining that bubble might be a bad thing; but if you're flat-butted and looking for, er, gluteal volume (lol!), tall box work is awesome!

I agree with Lucky that tall box leg presses make a great bodyweight exercise. I do them with 10 lb dumbbells but again, I need to build back there! Bodyweight would be great for those blessed gals who already have a nice curvy butt.
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