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Ladies, this one’s for you. Slim thick bodies have been all the rage in popular media for at least the last five years. But what makes someone slim thick?
Slim thick falls somewhere in between other popular female body types including thick overall and slim.
But depending on your somatotype (more on these later), what’s “slim” to one person could be “thick” to another.
Let’s dive into some of the language surrounding slim thick body types and clarify what we mean.
What Does Slim Thick Mean?
There’s no hard-and-fast definition of “slim thick.”
Slim thick is usually applied to women with a small waist, ample bosoms and heart-shaped butts, shelf butts, or round butts. Celebrities like the KarJenner sisters (Kim, Kylie and Khloe, especially) or Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks are often categorized as “slim thick.”
But slim thick can mean different things to different people. What’s slim vs. curvy to you may not be so for another person.
Think of the typical hourglass figure or pear shape. These bodies usually have ample lower halves. With thicker thighs that touch, and a round booty that tapers into a small waist, you’re usually looking at a slim thick physique.
What Factors Make Someone Slim Thick?
Evidence demonstrates that the main factor associated with your body fat distribution lies in your genes. If you got it from your mama, you’re more likely to have a slim thick body type.
Women are more likely to store fat around the thighs and buttocks, while men hold a higher center of mass in their upper bodies, but are more likely to store excess stomach fat than women.
Butt enhancements are on the upswing.
Research from the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that butt augmentation or the “BBL” had increased by 90.3% as of 2021. This made it the 6th most popular surgical procedure ranked out of all potential procedures.
This ASSet is one of the key components of a slim thick physique.
Finally, how you eat can affect your body composition. Regardless of your metabolic age, rate, or function, most of us gain fat when we consume more dietary fats and muscle when we consume protein.
A combination of both is necessary for a slim thick physique. Make sure you consume enough:
- Lean protein
- Healthy fats
- Leafy greens
- Complex carbohydrates.
Slim Thick Physique Considerations
Although it’s great to have a targeted body goal in mind if you are looking to transform your physique, there are a few less positive elements to getting a slim thick body.
Keep in mind factors like:
If it’s not your natural body type, being slim thick can be hard to maintain.
They say the most difficult part of weight loss is keeping it off. This applies to keeping it ON too! If you’re looking to put weight on or get a little bit thicker, you’ll have to sustain the gains if you want to be the proud owner of an hourglass figure.
If this is a figure you want to keep up, a slim thick body will require sustained efforts to hit high protein targets each day. This helps build and maintain lean muscle mass.
Not only is diet important, you’ll have to make sure you’re working out the body parts you want to slim down or thicken up too.
Frequent ab, glute, and shoulder exercises will be in order. If this is something you can commit to long term, your slim thick shape should come along nicely.
Too Much Fat
As the “thick” part of the name tells us, slim thick does require additional body fat compared to an all-around slim body type.
All of us need body fat.
Healthy fat protects your organs and supports cellular processes within your body. Research indicates that fat also insulates your body and helps with healthy sexual selection in humans.
But although some fat is very healthy, make sure you’re not going overboard. Excessive fat, especially around the abdominals, can pose a lot of dangers to your health.
Carrying too much fat is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular health issues.
Body Type Trends
Part of the reason that slim thick bodies are so popular at the moment is because they are trending in popular media.
From the IG baddie look to Kim Kardashian herself, many beautiful women are seen sporting this body type on social media. Even fashion models are getting more slim thick.
If you’re looking to get this body, take some time to ask yourself why you think that being slim thick is for you.
If it’s not your natural body type, you may find yourself unhappy with this physique in a few years if it falls out of popular fashion.
Especially for those considering surgery or other enhancements to try and get slim thick, make sure this is something you’re committed to and a body type you see yourself having long term.
If you can’t see yourself with the same build five years down the road, it may not be such a good idea to strive towards a slim thick aesthetic just because it’s trendy.
Excessive Focus on Looks
Another factor for consideration when it comes to transforming your body is getting too focused on one specific look that may not be achievable with your genes.
It’s great to be aspirational, but working to get slim thick if you’re not genetically predisposed to be very slim or have a muscular, stockier build, may only lead to disappointment.
Working towards a body that is not realistic for the genes that you were given comes with a whole host of issues. This is particularly true when it comes to your mental health.
Striving for an unrealistic body can lead to things like:
- Eating disorders
- Body dysmorphia
- Depression or other mental health issues.
Mental health issues related to your body can’t have very severe consequences. Although many people don’t get to this stage, and merely see body transformations as aspirational, it’s important to speak to a mental health care professional if you find yourself struggling too much with your weight or body type.
Letting a body transformation, especially one that is not realistic given your genes, take over your every waking moment is not a healthy mental focus.
Slim Thick Workout
Slim Thick Glute Exercises
A major component of being slim thick is having a wider butt and thighs compared to your waist. Glute exercises are great for activating your gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus.
Let’s go through a couple of glute and lower half exercises that you can perform to get a rounder, more sculpted booty for your slim thick physique.
Weighted Hip Thrust— Benefits
We all know a slim thick physique requires maximum booty gains.
Barbell hip thrusts are some of the best targeted moves to build up your booty and upper glutes.
What makes the hip thrust so effective for building glutes? The range of motion you’ll hit in this move takes you through hip flexion to hip extension.
Squeezing your glutes at the top of the exercise gives you a moment to say “hi!” to the glutes and wake them up.
This makes it deeply effective for building up powerful glutes.
Weighted Hip Thrust
To do a hip thrust:
- Preparation: Set up a weight bench at a flat angle. In a pinch, you can do these off the side of a box at the gym. Use a piece of equipment that doesn’t dig into your back.
- Equipment: Add heavy plates to a barbell. Your leg and butt muscles are some of the strongest in your body, so make sure to challenge yourself.
- Loading: Lean your back up against your weight bench. The bench should hit you at around your mid to upper back. Bring your weighted barbell over top of your hips, resting it on your pelvis near your hip bones. Use padding so that your pelvic bones don’t dig into the barbell. Make sure your barbell isn’t set up so high that it digs into your stomach.
- The Lift: Bend your knees and plant both feet firmly on the floor. Your toes can point slightly outward. Keep your knees far enough away from you so at the top of the move, your thighs will be parallel to the floor.
Drive through your feet. Squeeze and engage your glutes and core and lift your hips towards the ceiling.
Think about really squeezing your butt muscles at the top of the move to fully extend your hips. Once your thighs line up with your torso, you’re at the proper angle.
- Coming Down: To come back down, slowly lower your hips back toward the floor, being careful to keep your leg muscles turned on and your core fully engaged as you lower. Don’t sit your butt back on the ground, but continue for as many reps as you need.
- Reps: For beginners, try three to four sets of 8 to 10 reps.
If you prefer to lie on the ground instead of a bench, try a glute bridge. Simply perform the same movement pattern of lifting your hips with your back planted on the ground. You may want to use a lighter weight for this variation.
Banded Hip Abduction
Banded hip abduction hits your upper and side glutes. To build a shelf butt, this is one of the best moves you can do.
Many slim thick women prefer to strive for this butt shape.
Let’s walk through a seated banded hip abduction variation.
- Set Up: First, come to a seat on a weight bench or box. Wrap a resistance band around your thighs. the band should hit about mid-thigh. Although you should feel tension against your legs, it shouldn’t feel like your legs would be unable to move. If the resistance feels too strong, grab a band with a lighter weight.
- Hand Placement: Secondly, for hand positioning, you can either grasp the sides of your weight bench, bring your hands to your hips, or clasp the hands in front of your chest. You want to take a hand position that will keep your body stable and supported.
- Action: Next, plant your feet comfortably on the ground. Push your knees outward to send your hips away from your midline. Working against the tension of the band, bring your knees back to the starting position with control. The band should not be snapping or jerking your knees together.
- Reps: Finally, repeat for as many reps as needed. We recommend 3 sets of 10 reps.
These movements should be repeated regularly if you want to craft a nice butt. Throw in some glute activation warm-ups, like banded squat walks to get the muscles warmed up.
You can even do squats and deadlifts with resistance bands too.
For a few unique types of squats, check out these other resources:
- Squat Progression
- Pistol Squat Progression
- How to Spot a Squat
Slim Thick Waist Exercises
Next up, around your midsection you will need a very slim and toned waist.
This helps create the hourglass shape you want with a slim thick body. Here are a few waist-sculpting moves you can try to whip your core into shape.
Russian twists work the oblique muscles along your side waist.
The obliques often go underworked compared to the rectus abdominis (six pack).
But to truly get your waist looking snatched and slim, you’ll need to focus on the sides too. Strong obliques are great, not only for helping you bend and twist your core, but they can give the illusion of a slimmer figure.
Even if you’re building these muscles and not losing fat yet, more tone around the midsection helps you get an aesthetically pleasing midsection.
For a Russian twist:
- Set-Up: Sit on the floor with your knees bent. Keep your feet flat on the ground.
- Action: Lean back slightly and keep your back straight, bracing your abs as you move. Your body should form a V-shape with your torso and thighs. Clasp your hands together in front of you. Lift your feet to, balance on your “sit bones” (the back part of your pelvis that you would sit on).
- Twist: Twist your body to one side, bringing your hands down towards the floor near your hip. Keep your abs activated as you move.
- Reverse: Return to the center, then twist to the other side.
- Reps: Keep going, alternating from side to side. Continue this movement for 10 reps (one complete rep = a twist to each side). Aim for 3-4 sets of 10 reps as a beginner.
Side Plank Hip Dips
Core and glutes all at once? Sounds like a dream slim thicc move! Side plank hip dips help you do double duty here. You can get stronger abs, healthy hips, and better posture all in one.
To perform this move:
- Set-Up: Place a yoga mat on the ground and come to a plank position on your elbows.
- Side Stance: Rotate the right side of your body outwards, and balance on your elbow in a plank, supported by your left foot. Stack the right shoulder over the left shoulder to balance your torso.
- Dip: Bring the right hand to the right side of the waist for support. Drop your left hip downward toward the ground. Before you make contact, pull the hip back into the starting position with control.
- Reps: Keep going for 10 slow and sustained reps to target the side of your glutes. After you’re finished on one side, rotate back to a centered forearm plank. Next, open up the left side of your body to repeat the side plank move on the other side. Do 10 reps here to complete one set. Aim for 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps in total.
Slim Thick Upper Body Workout
Finally, slim thick figures are larger on top. If you’re not genetically blessed with an ample bosom, or interested in getting any kind of enhancements, that doesn’t mean you can’t still look slim thick.
If you naturally lack curves up top, you can build broader, more defined shoulders to help mimic the look of a wider upper half. This still creates an hourglass shape that tapers into a small and flattering waist with wider hips.
Side Lateral Raises
- Set-Up: Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Grab a medium-weight dumbbell in each hand. Keep your palms turned in toward your body, with slightly bent elbows.
- Action: Lift both your arms out to the sides at the same time. As you move, think about engaging your shoulder muscles. Avoid using your hands or wrists too much. Keep a slight bend and don’t lock out your elbows as you lift the dumbbells.
- Range of Motion: Lift until your arms are parallel to the ground. Don’t bring your arms past shoulder height.
- Descent: Hold for a second at the top. Next, lower your dumbbells back to the starting position with control. Don’t dump or drop your weight too quickly. This defeats the purpose of the workout.
- Reps: Aim for 3 sets of 8-12 reps.
Pro-Tip: Don’t use momentum or swing your body to get your weights up. Make sure you don’t lock out your elbows so you keep tension on the muscles you’re targeting, like the side deltoids.
Plank Shoulder Taps
- Set-Up: Start from a plank with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your arms fully extended. Engage your core muscles to stay in a straight line from head to heels. Keep your feet hip-width apart.
- Action: From your plank, lift one hand off the ground and tap your opposite shoulder. Don’t let your hips or torso twist as you move. Bring your hand back to the starting position, then repeat the action with your other hand. Alternate between shoulders, keeping your core stable through the middle of the move.
Pro-Tip: Include plank shoulder taps in your core or full-body workout routine. This exercise engages not only the core but also works the shoulders and stabilizing muscles.
Try to switch it up with different tempos or variations to keep the exercise challenging as you get better.
By hitting the triple A’s (arms, ass, abs), you’ll be on the way to getting slim thicc as can be.
Keep in mind that the bodies you see on Instagram and TikTok are often edited. Professional models or celebrities frequently get surgeries to amplify their curves.
So if you’re not naturally sporting the slim thick physique, that’s okay too.
That being said, targeted moves to grow your glutes, cinch your stomach and round out your shoulders to create balance can all be phenomenal for a more aesthetically pleasing figure.
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