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Exercise to do to get lean long legs?


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I was wondering whether to get lean long legs, instead of bulky but muscular, what I need to do. Currently, I do just cardio, none of those leg curls/presses/etc. I don't really like the shape of my legs because they are more "bulky" then I would like them to be. In other words, they look more muscular than I would like. I would like them to be lean and long instead. What kinds of exercises should I do on top of cardio?

By the way, I am female, 5'8'', 130#.

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You need to lose body fat. And thank your parents for the genes they gave you. :)

Calorie deficit= body fat loss.  Lifting weights are not going to give you bulky legs. you would have to take steroids for that to happen.  Lifting weights how ever will give you the no jiggle look :)

If you have naturally have bulky, muscular legs, nothing is going to change them into long, leans ones. Yes, if you lose a lot of fat, then you'll look thinner overall, but your legs will still be shapely. Think about Jessica Simpson -- even at her thinnest, her legs were still very muscular. And she was probably starving herself to look like that.

Just accept what you have and work it!

I do agree with the person above me that you are pretty much at the mercy of your genetics. However, if you are able to lose body fat, then the size of your legs may decrease a bit.

One thing that can help with shaping your legs and losing body fat is hill sprints. Sprinting up a hill works your entire lower body from your butt, hamstrings, and quads, to your calves. Plus you will get a fantastic cardio workout at the same time and sprinting can increase your metabolism up to 36 hours after you finish. Finally sprinting is one of the best exercises you can do for your abs as well. Since you are just starting out, I would recommend doing this 2x per week separated by at least 48-72 hours in between sessions. Then when your conditioning improves a bit, you can up it to 3x per week.

For now find a hill that only has a semi-steep incline to it. After you warmed up (3-5 minutes of running and 10 minutes of dynamic warm up), sprint up the hill as hard as you can for 15-20 seconds. Then walk back down to the bottom. Then keep repeating the hill sprints and walk backs for 15-20 minutes. Once you can get through 20 minutes on the semi steep hill relatively easy, then you find a hill that is steeper.

Here is a great article on it :

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/staley14.htm

There are surgical procedures to lengthen limbs which involves breaking the bones in your arms/legs and inserting extenders.  I'm not aware of any other way of making your legs longer.

Pilates and ballet, those sort of exercises.

Original Post by floggingsully:

There are surgical procedures to lengthen limbs which involves breaking the bones in your arms/legs and inserting extenders.  I'm not aware of any other way of making your legs longer.

don't give people ideas lmao

Pilates/yoga/ballet creating long, lean legs is a big misnomer. Personally, I gravitate towards those activities because they are relatively low-impact. You see people with long,lean bodies in ballet because that's what ballet companies desire, not because short and stocky women are transformed into skinny, lithe angels after years of ballet (and under eating).

Original Post by katkelly2000:

Pilates/yoga/ballet creating long, lean legs is a big misnomer. Personally, I gravitate towards those activities because they are relatively low-impact. You see people with long,lean bodies in ballet because that's what ballet companies desire, not because short and stocky women are transformed into skinny, lithe angels after years of ballet (and under eating).

 

Exactly.  Do a full body workout with freeweights, and lift heavy. You won't get bigger from it unless you eat too many calories.

Original Post by floggingsully:

There are surgical procedures to lengthen limbs which involves breaking the bones in your arms/legs and inserting extenders.  I'm not aware of any other way of making your legs longer.

Ha ha.

monidon, it is fat not muscle making your legs bulky.

 

5'8" and 130#..........right!

Have you tried the Rack?  It might help with the lengthening.

Original Post by trhawley:

Have you tried the Rack?  It might help with the lengthening.

 Heavy weighted pull ups feel similar although my legs didn't seem any more lithe.Tongue out

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