How to bulk up your skinny legs

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How to bulk up your skinny legs
Regular exercise can bulk and tone your legs. (legs image by Leticia Wilson from

If you find that your legs are to skinny for your liking, there are exercises that you can perform to help bulk up and tone your legs. Performing these exercises regularly will add bulk to your legs by building muscle rather then fat. These exercises require no equipment and can be done from home. Remember to stretch your legs before performing any exercises to avoid pulling a muscle.

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  1. 1

    Move up and down stairs at a steady rate until you can feel your calf muscles start to ache. Make note of how long it took until your calves started to ache and try to match that time for one week or until your calves no longer ache in the allotted time. When this occurs, increase the amount of time you perform the exercise by 20%. This exercise will help to strengthen and build the calf muscles.

  2. 2

    Lie down flat on your back with your head on a pillow and hands on your hips, then lift your legs until they are at a right angle in relation to your body. Alternatively, bend each leg at the knee and then push the leg out in a rotating motion similar to peddling a bicycle. Perform this exercise for five minutes, or until tired, then increase the workout time weekly. Performing this exercise will build the thigh muscles.

  3. 3

    Lay flat on your back with your arms at a right angle in relation to your body. Slowly raise one leg, with the leg straight, as high above you as you can handle. Slowly lower your leg, then repeat with your other leg. Repeat this series of motions until your leg muscles feel fatigued.

Tips and warnings

  • It is normal for you muscles to feel a mild soreness after a good workout. If your muscles are severely sore, then you are pushing yourself to hard and should cut back on the amount of time spent working out.

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