If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that sometimes I get questions about my thoughts on workout programs besides my own.
I love that so many of you want to start your fitness journey! There are a lot of workout programs out there, and I want you to exercise in a way that will help you achieve your fitness goals.
This time, I’m going to review Lilly Sabri’s thigh workouts and also her fat burning exercise routines.
I have already written about Tracy Anderson’s TA Online Studio, Emi Wong’s 21 Day Transformation Program, Kayla Itsines’ BBG, Chloe Ting’s 30 Day Lean Thigh Challenge and Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home Program so check those out if you are interested in my thoughts on any of these programs. :)
Lilly Sabri is one fantastic athlete with incredible credentials. She used to be a national level swimmer, and she graduated with a degree in physiotherapy in 2010.
After that, she worked for the National Health Service and for various football teams. She also became an APPI Pilates Instructor. Clearly, she has some qualifications and experience!
Lilly uses her Pilates, swimming, and physiotherapy background to create fitness videos. For example, she mixes a lot of Pilates routines with HIIT workouts. She really likes her routines to focus on building core strength and high-intensity moves, but she has videos which focus on other parts of the body too.
Lilly posts a ton of videos on her YouTube channel. She has new content up almost every single day. She likes to post fitness challenges, routines, and guides.
As so many of you requested, I picked out some of her routines and challenges to provide you with my thoughts. :)
Most of you are interested in workouts that will help you tone and slim down your legs, so I decided to begin my review with some of Lilly’s lower body workouts.
Thighs can be a problem area for a lot of women, so I wanted to start here.
All of the following videos are 14-day challenges. They all include a timer (which is helpful when you are following along), and she also provides modifications. Both of these things make the videos fairly accessible to beginners and experts alike!
This is a short, eight-minute workout routine that can be done at home. Lilly intends for you to use weights, but she says you can do this with water bottles if you don’t have weights to use from home.
The video has a lot of squats and lunges, and most of them are intended to target the inner thighs.
Squats and lunges are great exercises, but they will work your quads (muscle at the front of your thighs). This will result in your thighs becoming bigger and not smaller.
This workout would best work for my Ectomorph girls who have trouble toning up and want to build some more muscle.
This workout routine is mostly different bridge variations, with different types of movements and pulses to target slightly different areas. The repeated movements will make your butt muscles burn by the end of the routine. :)
In the video, Lilly uses a resistance band. This video helps target the back of your legs and the focus is to help lift your butt.
This workout routine targets both your inner and outer thighs. Like her inner thigh workout, you can use weights or water bottles. You’ll also want a resistance band and a chair.
This video really combines a lot of movements from the previous two videos. You do a lot of squats and bridges.
Bridges are a good exercise to avoid bulking up, but I don’t recommend squats to Endomorphs and Mesomorphs girls who want to slim down their thighs.
I know this may be a bit counter intuitive, BUT if you want to lose inner thigh fat, you REALLY shouldn’t focus on doing lots of inner thigh workouts.
Targeting your inner thighs with different inner thigh workouts on a daily basis will make your thigh muscles bigger and also make your inner thighs look bigger and not smaller.
If you want to lose inner thigh fat, the best exercise for losing thigh fat is walking! This type of low intensity steady state cardio works the best for losing leg fat :)
As far as I can tell, whenever Lilly sat fat burning workout, she actually means HIIT (high-intensity interval training).
There are a lot of benefits of doing HIIT, including:
However, like resistance training (weight training), HIIT also mainly burns carbs and NOT fat.
I picked some of Lilly’s popular HIIT workouts from Lilly’s 7 Day Summer Shred Challenge to review. :)
This video is a 40-minute live-streamed workout that Lilly recorded. After the workout, she answered nutrition questions from viewers.
Lilly starts out the routine with a three-minute warm-up. Warming up is important to prevent injury. The rest of the routine mainly includes a lot of squats, burpees, bicycle crunches, and mountain climbers.
She modifies the workouts as she goes along for those who are still new, and she does some workout moves with a resistance band to make them more challenging for the more experienced viewers.
This workout routine is similar to the previous video. It is a mix between cardio and resistance training and includes a lot of squats, lunges, burpees, mountain climbers, bicycles, and planks. Like the last video, Lilly provides modifications as she goes along for beginners who cannot yet keep up.
But this video does have some pretty unique elements. This routine has three marathon challenge circuits that follow a pyramid set.
Basically, you do two different exercises and the number of repetitions increases as you go. Once you reach the halfway point, you decrease the number of repetitions one by one.
For example, in the first challenge, you do one squat and one burpee, two squats and two burpees, and so on until half the time has passed. Then, you start decreasing your repetitions until you reach one again.
Unlike the past two videos, this is a shorter cardio routine. It’s part of the summer shred challenge, but you could also do this on its own just like the 14-day challenge for thighs.
The video is a no-jumping challenge, and it includes a lot of squats, lunges, and bicycles like her other cardio workouts.
Lilly includes a video in the corner with modifications for beginners.
I like that Lilly includes bicycle crunches, high knee runs, mountain climbers, and straight punches. These are HIIT moves that don’t cause bulk, and I think you’ll see benefits from doing these.
But these videos also have a lot of squats, burpees, and lunges, all of which can increase your bulkiness, especially if you are a Mesomorph or an Endomorph body type. When you keep doing these exercises every day, your muscles could potentially bulk up.
Also, even though Lilly says these are fat burning workouts, HIIT exercises burn calories mainly from carbs, not from fat, which is why they aren’t the best on their own for fat burning.
If you want to lose body fat and get slimmer thighs, you really should focus on the right type of cardio and that’s not HIIT.
LISS – low intensity steady state cardio will help you burn FAT.
Lilly says that you’ll notice physical and mental changes within 14 days of doing her videos. You might notice changes within two weeks, but it is important to remember that changes can take longer than this. :)
There’s no quick fix, and it is better to be slow and safe and work up to things over time. Make sure not to overwork your body. This can cause injuries, and it can make you burn out in general.
Also, the answer to this question mainly depends on your goals. If you don’t mind developing a bit more muscle while getting toned, I’d say you could get pretty good results with Lilly’s workouts, especially if you also pay attention to your diet.
However, if you bulk up easily and you want to lose thigh fat and tone up without getting too muscular or if you want to slim your thigh muscles, I’m not sure these are the best workouts for you. :/
Lilly has so many different workouts on her channel. I like that they are interesting, she is fun, and that there is so much variety. However, she focuses a lot on HIIT workouts and leg workouts that could bulk you up, (depending on your body type).
And since her videos have so many moves like squats and burpees, you will probably see some unwanted bulkiness.
If you combine my program with hers, you’ll definitely notice your lower body is getting bigger. To get slim legs, I recommend focusing on more than just HIIT. I like to combine HIIT with low-intensity cardio and resistance training. Plus, be sure to stick to healthy eating habits.
My program has everything you need to get lean legs by itself. Adding to it would be too much, and you’d be overworking your body. :)
Do you have any other programs you’d like me to review? Let me know in the comments!
Love Rachael xx