Slim Down Muscular Thighs

Slim Down Muscular Thighs

When I first took up running I was in a really poor shape for my height – tall guys just shouldn’t carry weight (it just looks wrong!). The more I consistently ran the more my body began to tone itself up.

After a month or so I noticed my legs take on a rather ‘sporty’ shape that I had not experienced before – I kinda liked it!

But that was a very masculine feeling – what happens when women want to lose weight by running and end up with footballer’s legs?

In this article we will take a look at how to slim down muscular thighs the safe way. If you are worried about the muscular legs you have developed then we have a handful of simple solutions for you…

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Slim Down Your Thighs

The only way to really slim down your thigh muscles is to change your training routine. The more you run the more your muscles develop over time.

When running causes these muscles to develop rapidly it also causes a reduction in the amount of body fat.

It is this reduction in body fat (around the legs) that gives you the impressive yet manly muscular appearance.

cross sectional anatomy of thigh muscles

At the same time your body is actually getting a lot more efficient at looking after and producing muscle tissue. There is only one way around this…

You need to mix up your training a bit!

A close (female) friend of mine is also a dedicated runner but she also likes the glamour side of life. She hated the look of her legs and spent months away from anything above knee height (I’m talking about clothes here of course!).

She was told she simply needed to consider different forms of exercise to lose weight. She took this on board and switched between running and swimming throughout the week.

You see, when you are swimming you are effectively using just about all of your body’s muscles – not just your legs.

Within the first month of this assorted training routine she began to see the slender female legs she used to have as a teenager.

But this was still not good enough for her…

When she started to see results she realised she could keep on exercising and battling the bulge without sacrificing the look of her legs.

She did a little extra homework on the subject and found out that:

  • If she opted to run longer distance her legs would actually develop leaner muscles over time
  • Simple stretches to re-lengthen the muscles before and after the exercise can work against the leg muscles bulking up ( apparently running on shortened muscles results in muscle build up )
  • Weight training should be concentrated on body weight ( that one sounds pretty obvious really! )
  • In many cases Yoga has been used to successfully reduce the size of bulky leg muscles ( apparently Power Yoga sees the best results )

Why Slim Down Muscular Thighs?

At the end of the day there are a lot of women out there that would kill for a pair of strong, toned legs. Why slim down muscular thighs?

If you enjoy your running sessions and are seeing great weight loss through them you NEED to have some sort of leg muscle strength to ensure you can continue.

It’s also worth noting that the more muscle mass you have the more calories you’ll burn during everyday chores (when you are not even exercising). This is down to the fact that your body is actually having to work harder than normal.

But…at the end of the day we all fall at the feet of genetics, no matter who we are! In some cases no amount of dieting or tricky measures will change your genetic makeup.

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42 thoughts on “Slim Down Muscular Thighs

  1. I love the topic…….

    I was looking this topic for sometime now…

    Here’s the story….

    My Girlfriend started going to the gym, after a month of 5 days a week training, she developed muscly legs, then she started hating her legs but I loved it, she didn’t believe me because I was having a laugh whenever she talks about them,……. Now she started again after months of busy schedule……

    I believe this will help her, she wants any method to not just gain muscly thighs….

    I will show her this link,…..

    Thanks for your help, this is good website to be connected with,,,,,,,

    She will love it

    B jnr

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    1. Hi John, glad you found our information here helpful 🙂
      The flour trick is a very effective technique but don’t forget to limit the amount of bags you use – they get VERY heavy after a mile or so!

  3. Hi Chris,

    I really like your article, it is very helpful. To be honest, I don’t like to run , I am not good at this kind of sport at all and I never did, but I do like to swim!
    Don’t take me wrong I would love to learn how to run , but I can not help it , every time I try to run, I can’t breathe anymore and fall on the floor! It’s maybe funny when I write down, but it’s not in reality.
    Do you have some tips for beginners? This will help me a lot:)

    Thank you for this awesome blog

    1. Hi Daniella,
      Sorry to hear about your running situation – that doesn’t sound like much fun! I advise all newcomers to running to take their time and build up gradually. Start off with a mile ( or even less if you want! ) and gradually add distance to it as you get more comfortable with the process 🙂

  4. very interesting Chris, I never thought about the various exercises for women as opposed to men. It makes sense when you think about it. What looks good on men might not be the look that women are looking for. This will be good thought for women who love to run. So has your woman friend noticed the difference and how long did it take her?
    Ron

    1. Oh yes Ron, she’s a much happier young lady now ( thankfully! ). I think it took her no more than a month to get the ‘leg look’ she was after. She’s changed her workout structure now and she’s sticking to it 🙂

  5. Another great topic and post chris. This is a real concern for many women in our society. They do not want big legs but they want legs that are muscular too. Tough to get both but this article lays the ground work and explains things in an easy-to-read format – cheers for the info!

  6. To be honest, there are a lot of different exercises out there more complete than just running miles and miles like crazy. Besides, it’s like you said, at the end of the day, there are not huge benefits with the dead hours of jogging. Swimming is a great exercise. Love it, you use all your body and you don’t need to be an expert to get great results. Great article, really like it

  7. Very interesting article and well presented. I have done a lot of training over the years, and think that although you can take steps as you mention, a limitation you may find is that genes and heredity plays a part as well…

    Even if all the steps are taken you mention, and refer the reader to, the eye of the beholder (self image) is such lots of time, that no matter what the appearacne is to othrs, the person may think they need to do more…

    I work on persuading people to do what you suggest (focus on exer ises that help minimize the perceived problem) while also working on what is going on inside the mind…Acceptance of yourself for who you are, in all the greatness/potential, etc., is key to peace and happiness…

    If you measure yourself only on expectations of others surrounding you, there is a good chance you will never find that peace. Be your own person, accept yourself, work to get better, and avoid those that expect you to meet their standards…

    Thanks for expanding in the physical part of the mind set change, it is important, and persons reading and taking action will certainly feel and see the results from their having done so! Now if we can just change what is going on inside their head…. : )

    Cheers!
    Dave

    1. Cheers Dave – some great points you cover here in your comment! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion 🙂

  8. Hi there Chris,

    At one point when I was training for my marathon, I was running a lot and both my thighs felt really tense. In my second month, I started noticing that it was much tougher to slide into my jeans.

    After resting for a few months post-marathon, I could fit into my jeans with no problem now. So yes, I can totally relate to this situation with some female runners.

    I have since stopped running, not so much of the thigh, but rather the knee (pain) and have been diligently working on my Yoga instead. I think I will do this for the long term instead of running as I personally prefer strong yet tone body over a muscular one.

  9. Hello From Germany

    Haha i really love your logo, the idea is amazing!!!

    I always plannend to lose some thighs, like your post and enjoyed to read it. I think, I might giv it a tray and see, if it works for me. Cheers!
    Keep goign with the good work!!
    David

  10. Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    It’s a great post for women, men want to have strong thighs…i like oyu site in general, I’ve been here a few times and I will surely come back soon. Great content!
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

  11. Hi, this is a great article. I never took up running because I didn’t want those huge muscular legs. It’s wonderful that you have shared how to reverse it and prevent it if you’re just starting out. Thank you, this is a big help. Now I don’t have to be hesitant about running anymore.

  12. Hello there!
    This was a great post! My mother always had bigger thighs and was complaining about it but me on the other side wish I could have bigger and more muscular legs!
    I will have her read your post but I wonder if you can share a post with tips of how to get more muscle at that area! That would be great!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  13. I think running is a good way to get fit. It makes sense to me to change the training routine in order to slim down your thigh muscles. I would like to run more, and get my cardio going, and lose weight, etc. One concern I have is I have a friend who ran everyday, but almost died of a heart attack. He was one jog away from death, because of a heart condition. Should I get a check up before I start to run?

    1. Well there’s certainly no harm in checking if you’re worried Michael. I’m a runner and I’ve never had myself checked over but I really should ( I like a drink or two now and again! ). Like I said – there’s no harm in getting the full picture before you start running!

  14. Thanks for this post, I learned quite a bit here, especially about mixing up training helps a lot to see improvements.

    And I like your link to your Venus Factor Review, this explains very well why woman and man have to do different things to achieve same results in weight loss.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  15. Great post on how to slim down your muscular thighs!
    Thankfully being a bit of a short stocky man, building up the muscles in my thighs has never really been that much of a problem, however I can see that women may not really enjoy it that much.
    I think your tip to change the exercise routine up can be very helpful, and I like the idea of power yoga!
    I believe that yoga has a lot of benefits for both men and women!
    Good, helpful post, thanks 🙂
    ~John

  16. Hello Chris. You have here some good ideas how to keep our bodies in shape. For people, who like to run, your article is great source how to find best way to stay fit and look good. Otherwise, I think that every body is different and some exercises such as running could not be best way to loose weight.
    For example, I prefer walking over running. Of course, I would run, if something happens such as heavy rain or I miss bus. Anyway, it is me, who prefers yoga, riding or swimming.
    Overall, I like your ideas and solutions how to stay fit. I wish that your visitors would follow your advices and benefit from them as much as possible.
    All the best, Nemira.

    1. Hello once again Nemira! 🙂

      Nice to see you back here enjoying the articles we have on offer – thanks for taking the time to leave your opinion on this one!

  17. Hi there ChrisEvans,i can imagine how frustrating it is to have some masculinity you had not thought off just because of doing the wrong exercises in the name slimming those thighs.It is totally demoralizing,if only people could engage in exercises with proper guidance then it would not go to the extreme!great content there.

  18. This information is profitable for my clients and other gym members in which I see daily. You are right, some individuals want that bulky leg look, others don’t.

    Power Yoga? That’s interesting! I would love to look more into that. Stretching, I agree to help slim down legs by stretching out the muscle development.

    Sprinters have bulky legs. Long distance runners have more slim legs.

  19. Nice article I have been trying to get my wife to do some more running and work at lose those last few pounds in her hips and thighs. I didn’t so how important these pounds really were. I have sent her this link so see can see that same things that I see. Keep up the good work!

  20. I must admit, I’ve never really enjoyed running. I can remember years ago, as a kid at school, our teacher forcing us to go cross-country running. I never really liked it. I’ve always preferred cycling for some reason, I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it feels smoother on the legs or something, or perhaps it’s because I can pass more scenery quicker. Do you think cycling is good for toning up the thigh muscles, or do you think they will get too muscular?

    1. Well it could go both ways when it comes to thigh muscles Marcus…but then again, that can be said for both running AND cycling!

  21. Nice jog Chris! I like your article! Do you think it’s a good idea for a freerunner/tracuer to do this kind of regime?

    My kind of running involves flipping, sprinting over, under, and through obstacles, as well as the occasional building jumping.

    I think this is something I should practice. What do you think? And what kind of running shoes do you recommend?

    Looking forward to your feedback…

    Keep Smiling!

    1. Well it all depends on what leg muscle setup you need for your freerunning Joeka? Any kind of running shoes will do as long as they are set up for the right surface ( track, road, etc. ).

  22. Bulky muscles in sprinters and those who play sports which require short sprints (football, tennis etc) are a given fact. Thus when your friend noticed that her muscles became longer and less bulky if she ran longer distances makes sense. After all, you don’t see many marathon runners with bulging thigh muscles – just long, lean thighs.

  23. Hey, I really like you site. It doesn’t have much regard to me but a few female friends of mine into sports that play basketball or run track and they hate their legs for being too “muscular” I don’t see it, but if it helps with confidence that’s all that matters. Thanks for all the useful information. 🙂

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