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will ~2-3x weekly sprint workouts make my legs big?


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The other day my boyfriend was like "There was this girl at the gym who was your size, but she had the BIGGEST EFFING SPRINTER LEGS I've ever seen, she looked like a kangaroo!!!"

That rather scared me, since I like doing sprints

usually I do 30 seconds sprints, followed by 60-90 seconds rest, repeated 8-10x-- I know there is a lot of benefits associated with doing high intensity interval training.. but I'm just worried that it's going to make my legs get bulky or thicker :/

I'm sure this is a silly question... 

 

 

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 If you are not a competitive sprinter, then you are not going to get huge legs.  They purposefully build up their legs as much as they can so they can run faster.  If you are sprinting to lose fat, then you will lose fat and get thinner legs.

Unless you are following a very intense, structured training program with weight lifting mixed with it, I do not think you need to worry about getting "the biggest effing sprinter legs". I knew a good amount of female varsity track athletes in college, and while some of them definitely had "big" muscular legs, not all of them did. More than anything they were very defined/toned. Keep in mind they train daily and incorporate a lot of lifting as well.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/ 000/001/582/picard-facepalm.jpg?1240934151

Without knowing what this other female eats or what she is training for or if she is lifting weights - maybe she is a figure athlete and is in the cutting phase of her routine so she is now "running" to burn the fat off the muscles she's been building for the last 9 months - could also be she is just fat or has bigger legs than you.

 

Food and genetics are bigger factors than whether or not you are sprinting. Don't worry about it.

 

Original Post by dbackerfan:

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/ 000/001/582/picard-facepalm.jpg?1240934151

Without knowing what this other female eats or what she is training for or if she is lifting weights - maybe she is a figure athlete and is in the cutting phase of her routine so she is now "running" to burn the fat off the muscles she's been building for the last 9 months - could also be she is just fat or has bigger legs than you.

 

uh yeah thanks. I expected that type of response.

For the record though, apparently this girl was "ripped" according to my boyfriend. He said nothing about her being fat, and since it was at the university gym I would imagine she was a track athlete or something. 

Original Post by carmenxox:

Original Post by dbackerfan:

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/ 000/001/582/picard-facepalm.jpg?1240934151

Without knowing what this other female eats or what she is training for or if she is lifting weights - maybe she is a figure athlete and is in the cutting phase of her routine so she is now "running" to burn the fat off the muscles she's been building for the last 9 months - could also be she is just fat or has bigger legs than you.

 

uh yeah thanks. I expected that type of response.

For the record though, apparently this girl was "ripped" according to my boyfriend. He said nothing about her being fat, and since it was at the university gym I would imagine she was a track athlete or something. 

http://caloriecount.about.com/forums/fitness/ running-enough-tone-up-lose-weight

It takes a lot of hard work for women to get bulky.  If you think she is on the track or an athlete then she probably works hard to do the sport she is in.  Are you an athlete as well?  Are you training for a sport?  Are you eating to support a training level of activity?  

I looked at pictures of olympic sprinters and this one might seem bulky, but she is in motion while this picture  is a woman who is at rest after a meet I would guess and I think I would love to have her "kangaroo"legs

These examples are olympic class athletes.  They probably eat a ton of calories and workout hours a day.  

If you are eating right, at a calorie deficit and your goal is to just get fit and burn calories doing this workout then I doubt you have any fear of getting "kangaroo" legs or "ripped" but I don't know why you wouldn't want to at least get "ripped" I mean having the muscle definition these women have is one of my goals.  I want my arms to pop like that so when I wear tank tops in the summer someone can see where my shoulder ends and my triceps begin.  I want to have my quads and hams distinguished and not just one big blob of flab.

And as solid said genetics will also play a major factor in how your legs end up

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