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TOPIC: Will squats make my thighs bigger?

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April 18, 2013 5:34 AM
The answer is no...not really.
So many women want to know the secret to slimming out their thighs. It's an area women struggle with because we tend to store fat there, the stubborn kind that seems resistant to change. And yes, it is stubborn. Which is why it is all the more important to SQUAT, LUNGE, DEADLIFT, JUMP, and USE THOSE THIGHS to their advantage! Big muscle groups within the quads, hamstrings, and glutes that burn big calories! Muscle burns more calories at rest than does fat so we WANT to build muscle in our legs, or at least retain as much as we can while dieting.

Squats - in conjunction with a caloric deficit - will help your legs get smaller, more taut, less jiggly - what we alllll want. The people who say that squats made their legs bigger are special snowflakes OR they were eating too much and either gained muscle in the process or gained fat (depending on how much they were eating and what they were doing for exercise).

This picture below shows my legs at 185# on the left. I had already lost 35# but you can see they are very flabby and pocked and just not pleasing to look at. They rubbed against each other when walking, standing, what have you (and that ish hurts when they chafe!). At this point all I had done for exercise was walking and some jogging (while doing C25K). You can imagine how fatty and big they were when I was 220# several months earlier!

The picture on the right shows my legs currently, in progress. I'm 155# (about 25% bodyfat, trying to get to 18-20%). You'll notice they didn't get "bigger". They are more defined, leaner, and definitely wayyy more taut than before. My quads are pretty dominant and I can squat a hella lot of weight. These legs were built from lifting (no cardio) and a small calorie deficit (250-500 cals, toward the lower end on average though - I like to eat, a LOT). So - squats, deads, lunges, etc COMBINED with a caloric deficit = smaller thighs. As I continue to drop fat, they will continue to lean out and be even more defined and taut. I'm anxious for that but I suck at dieting.



So there ya have it - a little progress picture to show the ladies who are afraid to lift weights because their legs might get "bigger" that it's all about your diet when you are lifting. If you eat at maintenance or more, you may build some muscle and until you lose that fat your legs will look bigger. But if you eat within a deficit, your legs will respond and get smaller. It just takes time...because that fat is very stubborn. Happy Beautiful Thigh Thursday!
  31295222
April 18, 2013 5:35 AM
made mine a lot bigger
  4164508
April 18, 2013 5:36 AM
And also a lot sexier!!!!
April 18, 2013 5:37 AM
QUOTE:

made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).
  16691827
April 18, 2013 5:38 AM
Mine have pretty much stayed the same. I was blessed with the gut and back flab gene. But because of squats, deadlifts, lunges and step ups (and thanks to running) you can see my muscles starting to define. Which I think is sexy, and which my husband thinks I am nuts because I point it out to him (because I have never had that before).
April 18, 2013 5:39 AM
Thanks for the reminder happy
April 18, 2013 5:40 AM
I want hot legs like yours, Dizzle! Slowly but surely, I will get there!

I really love what lifting does to my entire body, but especially my lower half.

Must squat all the things, and eat the food! drinker

ETA: regarding legs getting bigger from squatting...mine have decreased in size, and YES I absolutely measure! I've lost about 4 inches from my thighs since July 2012.
Edited by Lupercalia On April 18, 2013 5:41 AM
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April 18, 2013 5:42 AM
Great progress! I agree, squats will only help to make your legs look sexier!!
  37900239
April 18, 2013 5:43 AM
Squats didn't make my thighs bigger. The dimensions didn't change much cuz my legs were never big per se, but they were pretty much fat. Now they're strong and muscular and I actually like' em. Which for me, is huge.


BTW, love you Dizz <3

Edited by Allie_71 On April 18, 2013 5:43 AM
April 18, 2013 5:43 AM
Great post! I believe this too. Lifting heavy is where its at! Toned skinny is much sexier than frail skinny! :)
  9127728
April 18, 2013 5:46 AM
love this :) reminds me of a conversation I had a work yesterday. A girl was complaining of all the "muscle" she gained on her thighs from running a mile everyday.
April 18, 2013 5:47 AM
I don't even use weight when I squat and I have noticed a huge difference. Much nicer, firmer, more defined musculature on my thighs! I use small weights when I squat and lunge doing 30 DS, so I am sure that is helping a great deal as well. I don't really care if they get smaller, as long as they get more toned, and jiggle less ;-)
April 18, 2013 5:48 AM
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love this :) reminds me of a conversation I had a work yesterday. A girl was complaining of all the "muscle" she gained on her thighs from running a mile everyday.


It is SO annoying when people complain about something fitness related and they have NO idea what they are talking about!!!!
April 18, 2013 5:49 AM
Your legs look great!! Thanks for posting. Makes me want to go home and squat on the Smith tonight flowerforyou
  11206251
April 18, 2013 5:50 AM
<<< Squats and lunges have done wonders for my thighs. They are not bigger.
April 18, 2013 5:53 AM
heart this!!!!
  19648884
April 18, 2013 5:54 AM
QUOTE:

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made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).


yup were 19.5in and now 20in
  4164508
April 18, 2013 5:55 AM
Thank god! A pro squats post! I do squats nearly every gym session and my legs have gotten smaller, harder, and sexier! I love what squats have done to my legs!
  36251684
April 18, 2013 5:56 AM
QUOTE:

made mine a lot bigger


Special snowflake right here

Awesome post OP! You look great!
April 18, 2013 5:57 AM
Love this, love lifting, love making my legs stronger, love squatting, and I can't wait to have strong bad@ass legs!! bigsmile
  31306866
April 18, 2013 5:57 AM
QUOTE:

yup were 19.5in and now 20in


half an inch is "a lot"???
April 18, 2013 5:58 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).


yup were 19.5in and now 20in


.5 is a lot? If my math is right that's 2.5%
  33989833
April 18, 2013 5:58 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).


yup were 19.5in and now 20in


Are you measuring in the exact same spot? That's often a problem when measuring thighs (so much ground to cover!)...even going just a wee bit north can add to your measurement due to the way our legs are shaped. Half an inch isn't much - especially if you have gained some muscle.
Tell me though - are your legs less jiggly? How's your diet? Squats alone don't make legs bigger...it's always a combination of things. ;)
  31295222
April 18, 2013 6:00 AM
QUOTE:

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made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).


yup were 19.5in and now 20in


.5 is a lot? If my math is right that's 2.5%


That's still in the margin of error too!
April 18, 2013 6:01 AM
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made mine a lot bigger


Did you actually take measurements to verify this? Or did they appear bigger for the reasons the OP explained?


Love this OP! My legs are rocking thanks to squats. My muscles look bigger, but my legs are smaller. I know this because I've measured and I'm down another pant size since starting lifting (depsite not losing much weight).


yup were 19.5in and now 20in


.5 is a lot? If my math is right that's 2.5%


That's still in the margin of error too!


And when are you measuring? If you're doing it right after you exercise, your muscles are retaining fluid. That could account for the 0.5".
  16691827

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