How to Get Rid of Your Chicken Legs

No more embarrassment in your short shorts!

Face it, if you’re someone who has extremely skinny legs you’ve probably had someone comment on them before. Whether they’re a sore spot for you or not, working on making them less chicken-like is a great idea for your overall health. The stronger our legs are, the better our balance and posture, and the less likely we are to sustain back injuries.

If you’re someone who just can’t stomach the idea of power lifting in the gym but you still want to feel better in shorts, then there’s still a solution. You’ll just have to be a bit more patient. The facts of the matter are that weighted exercise will build muscle size faster, but you can absolutely still perform bodyweight exercises and see muscle and size growth.


Do 50 squats, 50 lunges, and 50 high knee jumps a day for a month. Measure the circumference of your thighs at the beginning of the month as well as at the end, and you should see some gains.


In addition to working out your legs, you should also be sure you’re eating plenty of food as well. Not eating enough is an easy way to ensure that your metabolism will take a toll on muscle growth. Consult with your doctor or a trainer to find out how much you should ideally be taking in on a daily basis.

Key Reminder

One thing that a lot of people, even heavy lifters, forget is to work out your calves as well. Although they will get some stimulus from the other workouts you’re performing, calf muscles need to be directly targeted in order to grow in size. A larger calf, even with a slightly skinny thigh will still give the appearance of your legs being larger.

Weight is a lot more necessary for these exercises, so try to find a weight belt or something you can hold onto while performing the move.

Stand on the edge of a stair with your heels hanging off of the edge. Slowly lower your heels towards the ground for two seconds, pause at the bottom of the flex, and then burst up to where you’re standing on your tiptoes. Be sure that your knees are locked so that you’re forcing the calves to do all of the work. Do 5 sets of 10 reps and after a month of three sets per week you should start seeing some real gains.

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