How to workout for a figure-hugging clothing style

Why training for a figure-hugging clothing style?

I have been actively practicing sports myself for 25 years (the older I get, the more) and have experienced and tried out all kinds of trends and principles. Many people think that there is only “the one” strength training. But you can go in many directions. One extreme is the bodybuilder. He wants to build up as much muscle mass as possible. Strength is rather secondary. On the other hand, there are people who train for maximum strength. Here, too, a distinction has to be made. On the one hand there is the weightlifter who wants to move as much weight as possible, on the other hand there is the athlete who wants to move his own body weight as efficiently as possible (keyword: one-armed pull-up).

When it comes to choosing the right clothes, bodybuilders are faced with problems. For the voluminous thighs, only special sizes of suits will be considered.

That’s why I would like to discuss here a training which is ideal for figure-hugging dresses and suits.

What does the training look like?

The goals of the training are to make the body efficient and not voluminous. To achieve this, we have to train in a different training area and apply a little different principles than a bodybuilder.

Bodybuilders train in ranges of 8 – 12 repetitions per set. The aim is to choose the weights in such a way that the last repetition is possible with the greatest effort. 5 sets are completed, the breaks are short (less than one minute).

This type of training leads to maximum fatigue. The body reacts to this (assuming sufficient recovery and nutrition) by growing the muscle.

In order not to inflate your figure too much, but still to become strong, you take a different approach.

The repetitions are between 3 – 5 repetitions, a maximum of 3 sets are made and the breaks can last up to 5 minutes. This training leads to strength and firm muscles, without much increase in volume.

The reason is that there are several factors that determine a person’s strength: Muscle mass, efficiency of movement, nervous stimulation of the muscle.

Very high weights, with few repetitions, address the efficiency of movement and nervous component.

Examples are martial artists in lightweight, such as Bruce Lee.

A mistake is to choose low weights and very high repetition rates. These only help the strength endurance, but will not enable real strength.


Anyone who wants to wear figure-hugging clothing despite strength training should work with high weights and low repetition rates. Nutrition is left out of the equation for the time being, as it is a chapter in itself.