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    Squats and inner thigh muscle

    I have been finding that I have started to bulid a bit of inner thigh muscle, which is one place that I'm not too keen on actually building up. What would you guys do to avoid this?? Would you suggest a wider or narrower stance while doing squats?
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    Inner thigh muscle is actually really important to overall leg strength and stability so I wouldn't be worried about having developed it. To avoid adding additional size to that area, stick to narrow stance squats (hip width) and avoid any sumo squats or deads.
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    more narrow as above.

    Also avoid seated leg curls (use standing ideally).

    Obviously avoid the adductor machine.
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    Narrow stance. And in my opinion, avoiding full range ATG squats would be a good idea.
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    Yeah, I'll def. avoid the hip adductor machine -- I've never gotten into using it, and probably won't start!

    How low do you think I should go when doing squats??

    Avoid full range ATG squats?? Does going lower build up the inner thigh??
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    i always do really wide squats and ballerina squats because i thought that was better for my butt and i thought the ballet ones would be good for TRIMING inner thigh. what can you do to tighten the inner thigh but not build?
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    Originally Posted by kaspar_19 View Post
    Avoid full range ATG squats?? Does going lower build up the inner thigh??
    Others may disagree, but for me, full range squats built up the high area of my inner thighs (just below the crotch) and my butt and hips out of proportion to the rest of my legs.
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    Originally Posted by kaspar_19 View Post
    Yeah, I'll def. avoid the hip adductor machine -- I've never gotten into using it, and probably won't start!

    How low do you think I should go when doing squats??

    Avoid full range ATG squats?? Does going lower build up the inner thigh??
    You can go to parallel, it's still effective. You may still experience some size increase anyway, but nothing big since you're a woman, and it'll look great with low BF.

    I do agree with darkangel..I've noticed that my inner thighs have become much harder after a few months of ATG squats. Of course, no one wants 'big' thighs, but I choose that over squishy ones
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    Parallel is fine, just make sure you are actually going to parallel.

    Here's a good squat depth image - http://www.usapowerlifting.com/newsl...ce/novice.html
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    I think toe positioning is at least as important as wide vs narrow stance, and parallel vs ATG.

    Toes out=more inner thigh
    Toes ahead=less inner thigh
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    Originally Posted by terracotta View Post
    Parallel is fine, just make sure you are actually going to parallel.
    I'm always amused to watch the guys at my gym squatting these huge amounts of weight, but they're barely dipping down and are nowhere near parallel. One guy on the Smith machine was just doing these little fast bounces. Funniest thing I've ever seen.
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    Originally Posted by Defiant1 View Post
    more narrow as above.

    Also avoid seated leg curls (use standing ideally).

    Obviously avoid the adductor machine.
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    Originally Posted by darkangel View Post
    I'm always amused to watch the guys at my gym squatting these huge amounts of weight, but they're barely dipping down and are nowhere near parallel. One guy on the Smith machine was just doing these little fast bounces. Funniest thing I've ever seen.
    I know when I was putting some major mass on my legs I read in a few articles that doing half squats, parallel, and ATG very effect in doing so and did the half squats, that may be what some of those guys are doing, half squats you put massive amount of weight and come only half way down.....Now the fast bounces hmmm never would do that since its momentom (sp) moving the weight and not raw strength....
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