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Old 06-09-12, 07:37 PM  
Join Date: Sep 2008
Anyone ever lift their fanny with the Fanny Lifter?

I've been using it lately to get my HR up because my knee keeps me from doing impact.

And since my right knee is sore, I'm only stepping up with my left leg.

Which should work out well since my butt seems to be flatter on the left side.

Except that it doesn't feel like it's doing anything but raising my HR.

What do you think? Will it do something for my left glute even though I don't feel anything?

I used to do a lot of FIRM workouts that used the FL but didn't notice any change in my butt, but I may not have been very consistent.
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Old 06-09-12, 07:41 PM  
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I think it's one of those things that depend upon your body type. The fanny lifter gave me a big ol' shelf butt ("Sponge Bob butt"). Not a look I personally like. Despite not doing as much tall box work - heck, I never use the 14" step anymore, just the 8" section of the fanny lifter - it remains. *shrug*
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Old 06-09-12, 08:39 PM  
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Yes, I did with BSS2 & the Fanny Lifter. However, it also swelled up my quads, and made my hips ache. I got rid of it about 7 years ago.
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Old 06-09-12, 09:01 PM  
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I have the transfirmer and it is one of my most used items but I don't really use the workouts it came with that much. When I was doing Venus Index, I used the two steps stacked for weighted step ups and it seemed good for me. I think it was only 3 sets of 10 or 15. I've used the box for other workouts but not always both sections stacked. Often just the shorter one or the 8 inch one. I actually mainly use it for a bench, but I do some step ups fairly regularly.

ETA: How does the transfirmer differ from the Fanny lifter? I think the FL is older?
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Old 06-09-12, 09:01 PM  
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I will agree it depends on what your body type gravitates towards. For me any lower body work that involves step with or without weights makes mine rounder and bounce-able (I don't think that's an actual word). My problem with the FL is the height is too much for my right knee with the arthritis. If you want a higher, firmer but you can always do the tall box climb on an 8 or 10 inch platform with a little heavier weight. Because of not climbing as high you can go a nano-second slower which does help too.

If you can find a Step360 used somewhere, that can help too. I have one and it helps to challenge the the muscles without the extra height of the FL. Saves the knees too.
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Old 06-09-12, 09:41 PM  
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Well I said Fanny Lifter but I am actually using the transfirmer for step ups. It is the same height and the way I am using it is no different. I was just thinking of the fanny lifting principle when I asked about it.

I also use the transfirmer as a bench, and for inclined weight work. It is my most used piece of equipment.

I have the high step as well, which can go from 4 inches to 16 inches but the transfirmer is more convenient.

I finally gave my true Fanny Lifter to a thrift store as it seemed redundant when I got the transfirmer.

Artist, right now I'm not using weights but using them with a lower step is an option I should probably try. Then I might be able to step with my right leg also.
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Old 06-09-12, 09:42 PM  
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no- just built up the quads
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Old 06-10-12, 07:28 AM  
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^^^ Correct, plus hamstrings. Not glutes, to a significant degree.

I'm not sure why the Firm make this claim, but whatever.
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Old 06-10-12, 08:32 AM  
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Disappointing, but thanks for the info!
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Old 06-10-12, 08:38 AM  
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Which should work out well since my butt seems to be flatter on the left side.
I don't know a darn thing about the Fanny Lifter (although I've used the step-up exercise mostly to build strength for stepping up - hiking prep) but this sentence jumped out at me. My left glute is an ongoing thing for me - it does not activate as effectively as my right and is in fact smaller. I have to work on it consistently to try to get teach it to "fire" the same way my right one does. It still doesn't, but I do see small improvements.

It's definitely worth seeing a physiotherapist or other exercise specialist to help you with this one, since causes of this are variable. I suspect that addressing it is going to take a lot more than the Fanny Lifter, or any one device or exercise. This is one of those cases where some smaller, isolation type exercises will be needed to allow larger muscle group exercises to (eventually) become effective.

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