Do squats make your thighs bigger?

It is perfectly normal to wonder just how your thighs will respond to squats and if that response will mean having to squeeze into your favorite jeans or if it will bring a welcome change to how you look in a pair of shorts this summer.

Changes and growth, in particular, will vary from one person to another. The short answer to the question of will your thighs grow if you do squats is “possibly”.

Carrying up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke and up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes means there are some very meaningful benefits to exercise that could improve your overall health.

Below you will read about the results you may experience and even explore how a daily routine that includes squats can produce positive results for more than just your figure.

Do squats reduce thigh fat?

Well, it is not just the professional athletes gearing up for the big games but also novice exercisers who have found great benefits with squats.

If your goal is to achieve slimmer thighs, then yes, squats should be a part of your routine since incorporating them can lead to leaner, more sculpted thighs and calves and even a more lifted butt.

Guys, squats are not just for the ladies hoping to look trim in their favorite bikinis either.

Squats can produce greater force to help you climb, run faster and jump higher than you would if you had trained without them. Toned legs also look great in just about any suit!

What is the best way to perform squats?

There are many varieties of squats and they follow the same core concepts so the best way is the one that allows you to squat consistently and with good technique.

Safety is a major priority for every squat to prevent any injuries that might derail even the best exercise plans.

Start without a barbell or additional weight by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and with arms extended in front for balance.

Begin to slowly bend your knees while keeping your chest upright and your back in a nice neutral position without letting your chest tilt down towards the ground.

Once you have reached 90 degrees with your upper legs parallel to the floor (imagine a sitting position), begin to extend your legs again and return to a standing posture.

What happens if I do squats every day?


The right training plan can include squats daily and that does not mean you will have to shatter powerlifting world records during each round of exercise.

You can train squats every day and still do so effectively and safely in a way that is simple to manage with just the right degree of challenge.

You may enjoy a reduction in overall body fat and recruitment of a high amount of energy from training squats every day.

Squatting is something our bodies already do regularly when we get up off the couch or even just move from our office chairs. T

raining some of the largest muscles in the body often means getting more out of your overall fitness and daily life.

What are the benefits of squats?

There are many benefits to squats and some of them even go beyond physical. In addition to improving your figure and balance here are just a few other perks of squats:

  • A stronger core
  • An exercise that you can do anywhere
  • Torch fat as you burn calories
  • Boosted athletic ability and strength
  • More motivation

    Improved balance is also a benefit of squats that may help you to be safer going through your normal routine.

    The motivation to do an exercise you can take anywhere truly pays off when you are short on time and gym equipment. With the variety of squats possible, you can kiss boredom goodbye.


How many squats should I do a day?

There is truly no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the best number of squats to perform in a single day.

Much of your exercise plan will be determined by your individual goals but there are some smart and safe places to start.

A plan to help you become more familiar with squats can look something like 3 sets of 12-15 squats. Repeating this a few days a week is a solid starting point and should allow you just to adjust the difficulty quickly and easily.


Since I have decided to start squatting, should I be in the market for new jeans?!

The ever-present question about any exercise routine is around the effect on visible changes. Can I wear a dress and still look the way I would like?

Will my suit still have a professional appearance or will I get “too bulky”? Rest assured that you are not going to turn into the Incredible Hulk if you add squats into your routine. Exercise results may vary but that much is a guarantee.

You will likely see some changes that can mean a shapelier backside or toned legs.

Some growth is going to occur because our muscles do respond to resistance training or weight-bearing by growing so that they are better suited to carry the load.

A larger muscle, generally, is the type that handles heavier weights well. Your genetics cannot be discounted as they also play a role.

If both of your parents were ultramarathon runners and you were a dedicated cross country athlete then you will likely hold onto your slimmer frame even with higher volume squats as a part of your exercise plan.

Remember lifestyle factors like diet, rest and recovery, also play a part in how well we adapt to our training.

Will you instantly go run a 40-yard dash like a professional? It is not very likely. Adding squats may, however, make it a bit easier to lug around those bags of topsoil you picked up to keep your gardening game strong.


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