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    Hello, long story short I hear a lot of conflicting evidence about whether or not squatting heavy will bulk up thighs...I have heard that it can tone up thighs and make them look better, but I have also heard that they can bulk up muscle mass. For me, I have been squatting fairly heavy (~1.5x bodyweight) for about 2 months now and now I can barely fit into any of my pants. I know that a lot of people say this shouldn't matter, but it really bothers me, I'm a short female (5'0") and I would like to lean my thighs out. Do bodyweight squats help with this? I can feel that they are mostly muscle. I have been doing Pilates on and off, has anyone had good results with that kind of exercise? I plan to continue lifting heavy, but maybe not squatting so much weight since it doesn't really fit with my aesthetic goals...

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    The squats increases the size of the quad. Hence it increases the circumference of the thigh. It does not add to the side-bulge of a fat pouch, but instead, the front of the leg is becoming more convex. It will not reduce the amount of fat. The fat on the low body for women generally only goes away with a complex game of macro-nutrients, combination of pump and strength training, and low impact cardio, when the BF% starts dropping to lower than 20% and continues to drop. Unless you have naturally slim legs, your BF% will have to be in an uncomfortable level, below the 'smooth', off-season fat level for body-builder, into the 'definition' zone to get the fat coat off the thigh. To drop the thigh size, while preserving upper body mass, you either have to be genetically lucky, or do a dedicated program. Ultimate Diet 2.0 was the only thing that worked for me a bit, but it is hell and did not stick.

    But, if you are squatting 1.5 BW in 2 months, you are like nationals level, girl. Consider competing!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by purple579 View Post
      I plan to continue lifting heavy, but maybe not squatting so much weight since it doesn't really fit with my aesthetic goals...
      Pause...it's volume and reps that make you bigger, not the amount of weight. If anything lift around the 3 rep range to get stronger with as much size increase.

      #2 Big fucking legs and butt make me stare.....in a totally non-creepy way of course.

      #3 If you're squatting (to correct depth), 1.5x bodyweight you should compete. 1.75-2.0x BW squat will let you crush powerlifting competitions.
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      • #4
        Way back when I was speedskating I regularly did 720 pounds on the hip sled, lots of reps. My thighs were massive and bulky. But at least part of that was the fact that I was probably carrying 50# of excess fat. Now I easily gain muscle tone in the thighs, almost just by thinking about going for a walk. Muscle memory is an amazing thing.

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        • #5
          I hope this is true, I want slightly bigger thighs and butt

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          • #6
            Let me clarify for myself, because I was always confused. When I do legs I start with the bar and then work my way up to having(at last practice) 62.5 lbs worth of plates on each side of the bar...I weigh about 115...so that's 1.5 right? And I really hope I'm squatting correctly, I've watched a lot of videos but I don't have anyone who can watch me and help me...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by purple579 View Post
              Let me clarify for myself, because I was always confused. When I do legs I start with the bar and then work my way up to having(at last practice) 62.5 lbs worth of plates on each side of the bar...I weigh about 115...so that's 1.5 right? And I really hope I'm squatting correctly, I've watched a lot of videos but I don't have anyone who can watch me and help me...
              Your math is correct.

              I suggest setting up a cam and videoing yourself, then uploading it to youtube and giving out the link. You'll get suggestions.

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              • #8
                You have 125lbs of plates but you have 170lbs total if the bar weighs 45lbs. That's a hell of a squat you have there. Good job!
                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                • #9
                  I too am about 117 pounds!!!
                  But my max squat is about 155 which is 1.35x my weight.
                  Can't tell if my quads got bigger or the loss of fat from weight loss makes them more defined so they seem bigger
                  Look up pictures of sprinters and pictures of marathoners...sprinters are buff and marathoners are sliiiiiim
                  Sprinters lift big weights with few reps and marathoners lift smaller weights with more reps.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by purple579 View Post
                    Let me clarify for myself, because I was always confused. When I do legs I start with the bar and then work my way up to having(at last practice) 62.5 lbs worth of plates on each side of the bar...I weigh about 115...so that's 1.5 right? And I really hope I'm squatting correctly, I've watched a lot of videos but I don't have anyone who can watch me and help me...
                    No offense intended here, but something doesn't sound quite right. I'm thinking the bar you're using may not be 45 lbs, you're not squatting to depth or you're using a Smith machine.

                    I say this to hopefully encourage you to do more research or post a form check video. Most people who can squat 1.5x body weight have been lifting long enough to know about correct form, adding up weights, etc.

                    Either way continue the hard work!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Allenete View Post
                      I hope this is true, I want slightly bigger thighs and butt
                      All you need to do is squat and eat....easy problem to solve.
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                      • #12
                        If I read another thread from women afraid of "bulking up" from lifting I'm going nuts!

                        Here's Camille she squats 300 lbs - is she bulky? By some standards maybe. She most likely squats more than 2x what any lady on this forum does and is a professional athlete which means you will never attain her bulkiness.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by purple579 View Post
                          Hello, long story short I hear a lot of conflicting evidence about whether or not squatting heavy will bulk up thighs...I have heard that it can tone up thighs and make them look better, but I have also heard that they can bulk up muscle mass. For me, I have been squatting fairly heavy (~1.5x bodyweight) for about 2 months now and now I can barely fit into any of my pants. I know that a lot of people say this shouldn't matter, but it really bothers me, I'm a short female (5'0") and I would like to lean my thighs out. Do bodyweight squats help with this? I can feel that they are mostly muscle. I have been doing Pilates on and off, has anyone had good results with that kind of exercise? I plan to continue lifting heavy, but maybe not squatting so much weight since it doesn't really fit with my aesthetic goals...
                          Change up the rep scheme, keep it around/under 6. Your muscle can't change shape, it can only increase or decrease. Lay off the squats entirely if you want to lose the muscle, that's the only way to "tone" in the sense that women usually think. Are you relatively lean or not? adjust your diet for fat loss if not, if you're already rather lean, all you can really do to fit in your pants again is lose muscle mass on your legs, so squat less.
                          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                          • #14
                            You don't even need to post the video. You will see the depth, and be able to judge if you are at least parallel or not.

                            Here's Camille she squats 300 lbs - is she bulky? By some standards maybe. She most likely squats more than 2x what any lady on this forum does and is a professional athlete which means you will never attain her bulkiness.
                            I wouldn't mind looking like her, but yeah, pants may be problematic for her

                            The OP states that her pants do not fit well in the leg any more. It might not seem like a problem to a male, but I sure can relate, and yes, tightness of pants above the knee is called by a bulking quad, I have experienced that. Luckily, my closet is loaded with insane amount of clothes in every size that my mom purchases obsessively, including plenty of stretch pants models, so I don't dwell.

                            There are actually plenty of males who do not want lower body increase either. Or who have some exacting parameters what they want lean and what they don't. In fact, I have even seen males who do not want to be bulky, but have that wiry strength shape....

                            We all have our thing... I won't do calf rises, because in my view the only part of me that is perfect just the way it is are calves and they get trained plenty by everything else.
                            Last edited by Leida; 03-14-2013, 10:08 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                              If I read another thread from women afraid of "bulking up" from lifting I'm going nuts!
                              dammit! you beat me to it!

                              honestly...the op had the words "bulk up" and "tone" in THE SAME SENTENCE...

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