Thunder Thighs, Badonkadonks…and Athletes: Strong vs. Skinny

Thunder Thighs, Badonkadonks…and Athletes: Strong vs. Skinny
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Screen Shot 2000-12-31 at 4.10.47 PMBig, Round, large, honking, badonka donkin, thunder thighs! Sound familiar? For those of us who don’t run cross-country we are all too familiar with that feeling you get when you try to squeeze into those skinny jeans. It usually goes something like, one foot in, then the other, then that ugly thought crosses your mind. You know the one.

“Please, oh please let these fit over my thighs!”

For those of us with the larger rumps (butts) we often pray for both cheeks, not just one, to fit in them jeans. Sadly, most pants are not made for strong, powerful legs, and booties. Why is that? Why is it so hard to find a good pair of jeans that actually fits some of your best assets?

I have news for you. It’s just the way it is. Clothing brands are not going to change their sizing, or how they shape pants. The majority of society doesn’t have the strong legs your toting around. You are unique, you are an athlete, and you should not be ashamed.

Trust me, I know how you feel. I love those bright and amazingly cute skinny jeans, but I also know I look like a My Little Pony toy when I get them on, and that’s if I can even get them over my Calves! Depressing, but I have a little bit of advice for our young and older athletes.

Having Thunder Thighs and a big booty isn’t always a bad thing.

In fact, do a quick exercise for me, list 10 of your closest friends (not other athletes), now how many of them have muscular strong legs? Most likely they don’t have powerful toned legs.  You are one in a million. You have something most people wish they had, and you should feel good about it.


It’s Not All About Showing Off The Muscles, They Actually Help For Sports

Getting bigger thighs can help you one of two ways. If you are an athlete where power comes into play, getting bigger thighs means having more strength to move players around.

Some sports work specific muscles more than others. If you look at a sprinter you will notice that they are ripped, it takes every ounce of muscle they have to get their bodies to top speeds and in a short distance. Our USA Gymnasts are known for their larger thighs and muscles. These muscles are the reason they  are able to jump, flip, and balance in their sport, without them they would be less effective as athletes. Softball players are another great example, most power hitters are built with bigger thighs. Why? So they can hit the home runs their team needs, they bring the power and are able to send a ball over a 300 foot fence like it was nothing. These are just a few reasons you should not be ashamed of these beautiful assets. They are your money makers. Lets take a looks at some pro and collegiate athletes whose muscles and thighs help them make the big plays!

Venus and Serena Williams: Pro Tennis Players ranked No.1

Venus and Serena Williams Big ThighsCheck out the muscles on the Williams sisters, who are two professional American tennis players: Venus Williams (b. 1980), a seven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), and Serena Williams (b. 1981), fifteen-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), both of whom were coached from an early age by their parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Both players have won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics Games, one each in singles and three in doubles.These ladies are super stars, and their bodies are great examples of how being skinny and stick thin isn’t always optimal for athletes.



Julie Kedzie: MMA Fighter

Julie Kedzie5’6”, 123 lbs doesn’t sound THAT intimidating. Until you realizes that Julie uses every inch and pound to beat her opponents to a bloody pulp in MMA fights. She’s currently only ranked tenth in the circuit, but if you get a sense of confidence from that, you’re probably digging your own grave. Check out the strength in those muscles!





Alison Stokke: Pole Vaulter

Allison Stokke Pole VaulterShe’s actually kind of small, but don’t let the tight, small frame fool you. This woman earns her living throwing her body over a bar using a pole. Which means she could just as easily hand plant on your coffee table and kick you in the head. I’m not saying she would – she seems like a sweet girl – but she could.






Brandi Chastain: In 1999 Played on US Women’s soccer team

Brandi Chastain 1999 World CupSure it’s been awhile but we need to give credit where credit is due. Brandi’s team won the women’s World Cup in 1999 and it’s no wonder when she is packing all that muscle and those rock solid abs.






I hope these examples teach you to be proud of your muscles and your athletic body type. Instead of moping in a dressing room, or sulking over a pair of jeans, just find clothes that accent your muscles and the parts that are more developed. My outfit of choice is spandex pants and leggings. Why? Because I know my legs are solid and strong, I’m proud of them and I know when I wear them it looks like I could stop a MAC truck. I wasn’t always like this though. I use to try and find the perfect pair of jeans. It would take hours of shopping and sometimes I would still come home empty handed. By the end of shopping trips I would be devastated and broken down, not to mention I felt like a whale.

How To Encourage a Fit Body, Not Being Skinny:

One way to change a young athletes perspective and maybe even your own is to aim for being fit. If you do a little homework you will see that being Fit and being skinny are not the same thing. Being fit promotes a healthy body, muscles are good, and being a little bigger isn’t a bad thing. In fact big muscles are raved about. I use to want to be skinny, I wanted tiny thighs, however I found I was always disappointed because I failed at my goal constantly. I tried to cut calories and carbs and everything you could think of, but I still had those big thighs and I was extremely unhappy. What did make me happy was when I started to focus on my nutrition, being fit and getting healthy, not skinny.

Athletes of different sizes

A Few Tips to Jump Start Your New Fit Goal:

  • Start reading fitness magazines, blogs, and articles. I use to get buy magazines that had stick thin girls now I buy Oxygen and Muscle magazines for a more positive image.
  • Do Your Homework: Read blogs, they are free and have tons of information on how to be fit, what to eat to be fit and more.
  • Focus on Nutrition: Don’t think skinny, cutting calories and eating like a bird will not get you stronger. In fact you might find that you can actually eat more food than you use to and lose weight.
  • Exercise! Not just because it helps you stay toned and trim. It also encourages positive self-esteem and body image. You will feel strong and fit after workouts, plus it helps with depression and sleep.

Parents, if you have a young girl interested in sports please show them good role models and emphasize that being strong is beautiful. Teaching her that muscle and strength are a positive thing will help her self esteem and self image later in life. It will also give her attainable goals that are healthy and beneficial for an athlete and sports. Shifting her perspective will help set her on a healthy path that will encourage her development as an athlete and a women.

P.S. I have ginormous strong thighs and a badonkadonk, and I like it!

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins

  • Rufaro Mapanda

    Go for it Natasha!

  • Dr_Juice1

    soccer legs & booty r hot. chicken legs on a girl are a turnoff.