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I hear everyone on hear raving about muscular legs. But honestly, how can you tell if your legs are muscular? Can you tell by looks or feeling? I don't think skinny legs look good and I can tell what fat legs look like. But what if you're in between or not sure if it's muscular or not?

For example, when I'm standing up I feel my thighs and there's no fat to grab. However when I sit down and grab my thigh there is, I guess, "fat" there. How do I know if they're muscular?

I always hear people talking about great legs, mostly on celebs, but usually they have skinny legs. So what is muscular? and what is skinny? On these tall celebs, I would consider 19-21 inch thighs thin-skinny, but everyone says they have great legs. Does it have to be 15 in to be skinny!?

Do I have muscular legs? Is a picture needed? (I can post one)

Thanks!

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I have to quote Golden Girl's on this:

“Do you know what’s also a shame? When you sit down and your thighs squish out to twice their size. That’s a shame.”- Rose Nylund

When I am working out my thighs (which are between 20.5-21 inches) are quite firm I can barely pull fat off them (inner-upper thigh, under my butt and behind the knee I can a bit, everywhere else can't). But relax feels all like fat :P When I stand and/or flex my thighs I get that side thigh line definition and I can get a bit of definition on that bump a top the thigh too (sorry I don't know the real names/terms). I think 19-22 is slim thighs especially for those 5'2-5'10. If you ever look up those bodybuilder of the month the smallest muscular thighs are like 19 inches smallest and biggest 22 inches:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/body-transfor mation-cynthia-accepted-a-competition-challen ge.html (19.5 in)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/courtnay-conq uered-her-food-demons.html (22 in)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/michelle-drop ped-ice-cream-habit-built-fit-body.html (20 in)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/make-fitness- your-life-sentence.html (20 in)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/overcoming-ci garettes-and-the-hour-long-commute.html (20 in)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/melissa-shed- 80-lbs-took-fitness-world-by-storm.html (21.5 in)

Okay thanks! That's kinda of what I've always thought was slim 22 or under, but under 19 (and sometimes even 19) is too skinny. Unfortunately I have 23 in thighs. I was losing an inch every month but this month (april) has stalled. Hopefully in May I can lose to 22 inches and have muscular thighs! 

Anyone else have any opinions?

So far I seem to have stalled on inch loss too (I did a quick measurement today though tomorrow is official measure in day), I have better hopes for May too! ;)

It's not about the measurements. You can look at someone's leg and tell if they are muscular. Just flex them and if you can see your vastus medialis and lateralis bulging out you've probably got strong legs. Same if you can see your calves. Harder to flex the hammies and get them to bulge.

Original Post by armandounc:

It's not about the measurements. You can look at someone's leg and tell if they are muscular. Just flex them and if you can see your vastus medialis and lateralis bulging out you've probably got strong legs. Same if you can see your calves. Harder to flex the hammies and get them to bulge.

Thanks it is nice to know the terms/proper names :)

So fitnfierce for me: vastus medialis (no not really visible on me) and lateralis (starting to make noticeable definition when flexed/used, bulge up top and line on the side of the thigh). So if you have those visible as armandounc said your good no matter the measurements ;) 

I usually go by the gastrocnemius.  Most people have to work pretty hard to get it developed, even Schwarzenegger.  But some lucky b*tches are just born with great legs.  ;)

Okay thanks guys! I thought the way to achieve muscular legs was squats, lunges, lunge jumps, squat jumps, box jumps, etc. I've been doing this in circuit training and strength and I'm not sure if my legs are any more muscular. Is there any way to get them more defined/muscular?

Lift heavier.

Original Post by lysistrata:

Lift heavier.

Not sure how that helps my legs ?

I've been doing Zumba about 4x per week, and I've noticed an enormous difference in my legs. Even when I don't squeeze them, they feel decently firm, and when I do squeeze them, I can see the definition of the muscle clearly on the top and sides. That said, they're not ENTIRELY muscle - there's still work to be done... but (maybe gross, sorry) I've managed to get rid of -almost- all of my cellulite on my back upper thighs and rear end. It wasn't terrible to begin with, but it was enough to make me self-consious. Now, its very minimal. Zumba does a lot of squats and lunges - the most important part of which is good form. Between those exercises and the moving around / cardio, its helped my entire body firm up, but I notice the most difference in my legs.

I think size has very little to do with it (the measurement). Its all about your body and how you're shaped, and when you feel the best! :) I should add that I haven't lost a fricken pound in the last 3 weeks.. but I am seeing definite body recomposition (losing body fat and gaining muscle).

Strength/weight training is optimal if you are progressing (ie. Lifting heavier, challenging, a set or two of reps should be difficult and when it becomes easier add more weight). At least that is what I have been finding more and more on CC and researching. This is what I am going for (just started) right now :)
Original Post by fitnfierce:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Lift heavier.

Not sure how that helps my legs ?

By building muscle in them, ergo making them more muscular and defined.

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She probably equated lifting to arms. You're still lifting weight when you use your legs, girl!

Yeah.  Load up the barbell on those squats, and don't forget the deadlifts.

Haha yes I was but I'm guessing rows, deadlifts, squats, lunges, etc. help the legs too!

Thanks all!

Although I am not in the BEST shape I am fit for being chunky.

I have strong calves and sorta strong thighs. Since middle school I played soccer, basketball, and softball which involved running obviously but since 9th grade I didn't do that but kept my firm calves and thighs by walking at least 15-20minutes a day or possibly 40, and recently going to the gym and the biggest calves workouts would be jogging/walking on treadmill and elliptical.

I can tell by flexing my legs and tightening my thighs. Also, if it needs more work it hurts more when you work out (or maybe just me)

:)

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