defined legs

Draco as an acrobat
Draco with that flat toned stomach and defined arms of his
Legs For Days Malfoy
Draco hanging from the ceiling, doing exercises on the ground
Draco stretching on any surface available, driving Harry crazy
“Not on the counter!” is an often used phrase in the Potter-Malfoy household

ninaj95  asked:

I was wondering if you could give me advice as to how I can develop leaner legs- like, what kind of exercises or stretches would help? My legs are strong but rather bulky and I'd like to change that if I can

Hi Nina, you can lower your body fat, which will help you get thinner/more defined legs.

There are some exercises like cyclist squat, leg extension, leg curl… That will help you add more definition to your leg muscles.

But if your legs are very bulky and you don’t want them to be be more muscular, you might want to reduce your amount of leg trainings and do a small cut.

Keep in mind that your genetics play a big role in this too. Me for example, I was gifted with big legs even when I wasn’t even training them.

I hope this helps!

More info:

https://www.gymaholic.co/articles/get-thinner-thighs-good-nutrition-exercise

Venus of Laussel
Perigordian 27,000-22,000 years old 

This low relief in limestone is part of frieze of four female figures which adorned the back wall of a rockshelter. Further engravings of vulva were also discovered on rocks within the archaeological deposits. The woman holding a bison horn is pregnant and the shape of her waist and hips suggest that she had already had children. Her head is turned to the right but seems to look down at her breast rather than towards the horn. She has no face but her neck and shoulders are well defined. Her large breasts are placed high and again suggest previous child bearing. The sexual triangle is well defined and her legs, sculpted slightly apart, are complete and in proportion to the length of her body. The fingers on her left hand rest on her stomach whereas her right arm bends upwards supporting a bison horn marked with 14 vertical incisions. Traces of red ochre occur on her head, body, hips and stomach.

Grand Abri de Laussel, Dordogne, France.
Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux.
54 cms high; 36 cms wide. 

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I’ve always had a “boyish” figure. my shoulders are broad, my chest is small, my hips are non existent. all the girls in high school were the polar opposite; they had defined waists, long legs, and small hands that were never clammy. I’m so tired of comparing myself to others. I’m tired of walking in a public place, seeing a stranger, and contrasting the way our bodies are so different. so here’s to the beginning of my self acceptance journey. here’s to the beginning of loving myself for who I am, and not hating myself for who I’m not.

For my FTM friends looking to form a more "masculine" body type

This is the formula to the fastest masculine body recomposition:

1. Train and eat to lose excess fat. This slims the hips and legs and defines the abs. Create a calorie deficit in a way that is not excruciating to you. Use a systematic program with compound lifts. Always lift more weight or the same weight for more reps at each consecutive workout. Stick to your schedule, don’t continually change your program, and give it time. Consistency is often the missing factor.

2. Train and eat to pack on muscle once you’re already lean. This expands the chest and shoulders and defines the arms, back and shoulders. Create a slight calorie surplus on training days (300-400 extra calories). Eat at maintenance or just below maintenance on off days. Use the same program, but lift more. Size and strength go hand in hand.

3. Wait. The longer you’re on hormones, the more masculinized you’ll become naturally. If you’re on a solid nutrition and training protocol that you stick to faithfully, your changes will come even sooner and your aesthetic will be infinitely more appealing.

Madison: So he’s doubled the size of the government, wasn’t the trouble with much our previous government size?
Burr: Look in his eyes!
Jefferson: See how he lies.
Madison: Follow the scent of his enterprise.
Jefferson: Centralizing national credit and making American credit competitive.
Burr: Stare at his lips!
Madison: If we don’t stop it we aid and abet it.
Jefferson: I have to resign.
Burr: Reach out to slowly caress one supple, well-defined leg…

[thanks to @firelordizumi for the cowriting this monstrosity]

Thinking like Aristotle

Yesterday we were introduced to an Aristotelian theory. We explored the four pillars that make a thing a thing (according to Aristotle). Matter/material, form, agent and end/purpose. I will use the example of a wooden chair (because it is much easier to explore than the book…which I will explore later)

Material: What of the thing is made of? What is it’s matter? Wood

Cause: What/who made the thing? A carpenter

Formal: What does the thing strive to be? What are its defining characteristics? 4 legs, flat horizontal surface & flat vertical backrest.

End/purpose: ultimate purpose of the object? To be sat on.

Andy also introduces some examples to illustrate each cause, or even to challenge it. For example, the Fluxkit challenges the what we might consider books matter and characteristics (to have pages or to be bound). Paul Chan’s stone Tablet book, also challenges this notion (that a book must have pages)

I feel that at this point it is more constructive to ask questions, rather than try to answer them (there are way too many questions) 

Material: An idea posed by the lecturer on Teachphilosophy is “You can be you with out the original material”. For example, I am still me, but am made from different matter than I was when I was a baby (because I have grown more matter > I am bigger). Therefor, a book can still be a book without some of its original matter, i.e. cut a big hole out of the book, what remains is still a book.

Cause: ‘You can be you without your cause”. A book can still be a book, if it has all of its matter. If it is not bound or arranged, it is still a book. i.e. the Fluxkit is a separated, deconstructed form of the book.

Formal: What is the essence of a thing? That defines it as being a thing. What makes a book a book? I feel that ‘The Thing quarterly’, really challanges the idea of a book. Personally, I think that ‘The Thing’ references publication in that it is released and mailed quarterly, but does not really have pages, or page like qualities. 

End/purpose: This is easily the most challenging question. What is the purpose of a book? Who decides the purpose of a book? I did a brief brainstorm. The books purpose is for:

Relaxing, stimulating, learning, fun, enjoyment, satisfaction, for knowledge, curiosity, informing

‘Explaining a thing is made of doesn’t fully explain that thing’ One must consider its form and function, what its essential to its identity. Why does a thing exist? One must analyse a thing from all four perspectives, in order to define what it is. 

Teachphilosophy, Aristotle’s Four Causes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0lz9vVUar0, viewed 21st March 2017, 

Wikipedia contributors, “Four causes,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Four_causes&oldid=764539667 (accessed March 22, 2017).

I’ve had a minor epiphany tonight, guys. I looked at my socks for just a second, and the colors struck me; they’re nothing special, just bright orange and bright pink, on the left and right foot respectively.

But it occurred to me that part of my impatience with life is that I read about so many wonderful things happening to people, or people doing wonderful things, and I’m…not. I’m a college student. People in books, and I’m talking historical books, biographies, they always seem to be going straight from one grand and glorious endeavor to the next. 

The thing that I realized, looking at my mismatched, colorful socks and eating my substandard chicken tenders, is that I’m not living in my high moments right now. In books and historical articles, a single sentence, “attended and graduated from x university,” encompasses weird friendships, and late nights, and stress, and boring food, and the feeling that you ruined the curve. Sports meets, first jobs, internships, concerts, travel. One sentence cuts through all the dross and propels the reader to the interesting parts, the relevant parts. 

We don’t get to do that. We don’t have the option of fast forwarding our lives through the “boring” parts to the good stuff. Honestly though, I think the dull moments are pretty important. Our experiences during the boring parts drive our behavior during the good ones. And hey, so far I kind of like my fast forward sentences. College is fun. That paragraph describing a month long festival? I went to the festival, and I had a month of electronic bulls and bad cowboy accents (it was a western style gig). The two sentences that describe my sport? Adrenaline, hard work, accomplishment, hours upon hours of dedication.

The small moments matter, the ones that get glossed over by the world.

Dani couldn’t help but feel pride as she sat in front of a mirror in just a sports bra and boy shorts. She’d been working out religiously for over a month now and her body showed it. Her abs were defined, her arms and legs were toned, and she’d even dropped a pretty impressive amount of fat in favor of muscle. She wasn’t quite at Santana’s level of fit but she felt good about herself and that’s the first time she could say that in probably forever. They’d officially transitioned Lucia off breast milk to food and formula so her chest didn’t ache anymore and looked considerably less like a baby had been sucking on her multiple times a day every day. Filming was set to start in two weeks so they’d been busy with lots of preproduction business including memorizing the script which Dani found to be the most difficult part.

Whenever I feel insecure about my body, I like to rub my legs to remind myself that my muscles are so solid I could crush a watermelon and probably also a mans hopes and dreams with my thighs