Does spinning make your thighs big? Well+Good NYC has the answer:
We’ve heard this comment about 8 million times (maybe you have, too): “I love to spin, but I don’t want to bulk up my quads.”
While no one who said this to us wanted to be quoted, we’ve literally heard such comments as, “I can’t fit into my Rag & Bone jeans anymore.”
So amid the growing chatter and concern that this popular cardio workout may be a great way to torch calories, but at the expense of thicker thighs, we wanted to know, is this an urban fitness myth spun out of control? Or does spinning really lead to bigger quads?
We interviewed fitness expert and cycling guru Kristin Kenney, as well as top instructors from rival studios Flywheel and SoulCycle, Holly Rilinger and Kym Perfetto. Their findings? Indoor cycling does not necessarily lead to larger legs—but the following six factors could be behind any perceived bulk. Learn what they are now.
Chromosomes play a major role in whether or not you can fit into your skinny jeans, say both SoulCycle’s Perfetto and Flywheel’s Rilinger.
“The size of your quads is highly dependent on genetics. I’ve had strong quads since I was about eight years old,” says Rilinger, who’s muscly from head to toe.
In fact, most spin instructors don’t have her kind of definition!
Your Body Type
Are you wispy thin or athletically built? Body type is a factor, no matter what your workout is, says Perfetto. Consider the three main body types—endomorphs, ectomorphs, and mesomorphs—and which you might be.
Ectomorphs are generally tall, thin, and lanky and have a hard time putting on muscle. Endomorphs and mesomorphs, however, respond much more quickly to resistance training and build muscle with relative ease. Doing any sport could create this change.
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