Slimming Legs


I used to be a sprinter and now my thighs are big I am a size 2 but they won't go past my thighs.

What can I do to make my thighs slimmer?  Run?  I do leg presses other leg workouts but I think I need to not do that.

Please Help me.

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Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question


Since you're a size 2 and you were a past sprinter I assume your legs just have extra muscle not fat.

If this is the case I would recommend you stop weight training and any high intensity cardio in which there is a vertical component.

Weight training as well as cardio with a vertical component will maintain or increase your legs muscle mass. Cardio with a vertical component is stairmaster, stairclimber, steep treadmill incline has the same effect of weight training because your muscles encounter extra resistance because they perform more work against gravity.

If you want to lose muscle on your legs, you must eat a balanced moderate to low calorie diet and jog or perform other long distance cardio for 45-60 minutes at a time. (You've seen marathon runner's legs?)  Also focus on stretching your legs as much as you can which could cause your legs to appear slimmer.

Make sure you have enough vitamins, minerals and most importantly calcium so you don't cause any joint or bone problems with long distance running/cardio.

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