I have lost 3" on each of my thighs since quitting powerlifting. That's fine tho, since I don't like wearing carpenter jeans all the fricken time.
Squatting and deadlifting will give you a solid core, but with the solid core comes muscle and bigness in the ass/legs/hips. I have switched from powerlifting style (2-3 heavy reps for 5 sets on ME days) to sports training. I still squat, but I do 100 reps spread over as many sets as it takes and the lift is explosive.
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