(Closed) Does squats with weights make your legs chunkier?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Sesame Snap:

First if you’re looking to reduce fat you need to be doing cardio (although you DO want to lift weights for other reasons), and second you can’t spot reduce in certain areas. You’ll just have to lose weight all over until you legs slim down. Weight lifting can add a little bulk at first ( water weight while your muscles ) but you probay can’t put enough on fast enough to really make a difference.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve actually noticed leaner, less chunky muscles since I’ve started doing weights…or maybe it’s just that I lose the layer of fat that covers them 😉  I have definitely NOT bulked up, just toned up and leaned out.  I do the Jillian videos which definitely feature squats.  Ow.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have lost a lot of fat around my legs with cardio exercise and they have definately slimmed and toned up thanks to lots of squats and lunges…they are slimmer and toned. I also take a body pump class…and I do Tae Bo and an athletic training class that uses bands to build muscle. Nothing has gotten “bigger” everything has gotten slimmer and more toned.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Nope, doing squats and lunges with weights will not make your legs “chunkier”. Cardio combined with weight training and a clean diet is your best bet for overall fitness and health

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Sesame Snap: That sounds like a perfect routine! I’m sure you’ll slim down in no time. 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

There is no such thing as spot reduction.. no one excercize will make you lose weight in a certain area.. so if you do leg excersizes with no cardio, your legs might get bigger, if you do both together, you’ll have sexier legs 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You are best to do more reps with a lighter weight.  Also, in between exercises, stretch out those muscles.  Try to change up your leg routine every leg day, you want to keep the muscles confused.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Being female and having female hormones is naturally going to make it difficult to bulk up.  You’ll certainly get stronger and add muscle but you’re not going to get the same look as a bodybuilder guy.  It won’t spot reduce, but it won’t leave you looking huge either.  Also when leg muscles get large they look a little different than arm muscles.  I’m one of those women who *does* bulk up to some degree and my leg muscles are VERY obviously muscle (unlike my arms, which do look a little bulkier if I’m not flexing).  Yes, it makes tight boots a little tough, but I think it actually looks pretty awesome in a skirt.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with PPs. Go ahead and pump that iron. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

lighter weight and more reps is used for slimming and toning. Heavier weights and less reps is to build muscle

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Samantha7: This is a little bit of a fallacy. Building muscle is building muscle, period. You can do it quickly, or you can do it slowly, but you can’t do it differently. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

How heavy is the weight (bar)?  If it’s on the light side (less than 25 lbs) I don’t think it’s going to make your muscles bulge out, necessarily, but it will help you develop more muscle quicker than regular squats.  I do weight assisted lunges with my trainer from time to time – have been doing it for the past year.  What I’ve noticed is that my thighs are leaning up and getting more toned vs. bulking up.  That’s usually with a 20 lb weight.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Many Quicker (properly done) reps are better than slow heavy reps. Slow and heavy = bulky, fast and light = long and lean

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