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    Squatting causing larger thighs?

    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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    Quote 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.

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    #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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
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    Fair comment, explain yourself Ekatherine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Seekins View Post
    Fair comment, explain yourself Ekatherine
    Do you have a question?

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

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    Quote 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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    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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