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PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
5/24/13 10:18 A

Have a lot of work to do with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
5/21/13 11:19 A

lighter weights is going to take a much longer time to work your muscles to point of fatigue which may be a source of frustration in and of itself.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
5/21/13 10:48 A

You just have to give it time. It took more than a couple of weeks to add the inches, and it's going to take more than a couple of weeks to take them off. Personally, I find that my legs are the last thing to lose weight. People's bodies are different, and the muscles are different--if your legs are naturally bigger, you may never have scrawny legs, but I GUARANTEE you even if they are a little "bigger" than before, you'd rather them be firm and strong than jiggly and soft and a little bit smaller. :)

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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5/21/13 9:22 A

Once I started to incorporate some strength training into my work outs, I saw a difference on the scale almost right away!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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5/21/13 8:57 A

Once I started strength training and running a lot more, I lost fat around my knees but the crap on my upper thighs is still there! emoticon

TCANNO SparkPoints: (352,567)
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5/21/13 3:17 A

That is the one part of my body that I can't seem to loose inches, nothing seems to work but I have got stronger so something is working

LOSIN_IT4GOOD Posts: 642
5/21/13 12:55 A

Thanks MOTIVATED@LAST for your explanation!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
5/20/13 10:19 P

I am lifting 4 days a week..........and no big legs here.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,452
5/20/13 9:51 P

It is actually diffiicult to add significant muscle mass while running a calorie deficit to lose weight, as the body tends to burn protein for energy, rather than creating new muscle tissue.

I agree with Archimedes that it is a common response for your muscles to retain water when starting/increasing an exercise program. But muscle is considerably denser than fat (check
for a great photo of this).

Without ST, up to 25% of your weight loss can come from lost muscle, rather than fat. ST is actually a very efficient fat burner, and helps ensure that more of your weight loss comes from fat alone. Given the difference in densities, this actually results in MORE lost inches (hence the pant size)

Burning fat is an all-body process, and you can't target where you lose weight from. Yes, you should be ST'ing your legs. But not because it reduces fat there, but because they are the largest muscles in your body, and give you the most return for your exercise buck.

And for ST to be effective, you need to be genuinely challenging your muscles. Light weights won't do it. Once you get to being able to do 12 reps of an exercise, it is time to switch up to a heavier weight/more challenging exercise.

What is the solution? To actually regularly track your measurements with the tape, and see what really is happenning to your body, rather than just going by 'feel'.


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/20/13 6:23 P

Lifting lighter weights will not prevent "bulking." That's a persistent myth that I hear a lot, even from "professional" trainers! You can read more about these kind of myths here:

Toning vs. Bulking Up: The Real Facts

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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5/20/13 2:33 P

Hi, Katie !

Unless you have a higher than normal level of testosterone, you won't get bulky legs if you begin to strength train. that is a misconception. women do not pack on muscle the same way men do. So, don't be afraid to strength train as part of your exercise routine.

With time and regular practice, you will notice that you can fit a smaller size. However, initially, don't be surprized if your pants do feel tight. Why ? When a person starts to strength train, it's not unusual to experiencing some swelling and bloating. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. this is what they are supposed to do. Well, that water retention in your muscle fibers causes the fibers to swell in size. So, pants that might usually fit very comfortably might seem awfully tight after a strength training session. Don't let that bother you !!

Ever notice that pants feel tight whenever it's TOM ? Most women tend to experiencing some bloating during their menstrual cycle. Okay, well people who strength train also experience a certain amount of water retention and swelling. this is TEMPORARY. The swelling does go down in a few days.

that swelling is what freaks out a lot of women when they start strength training. I can assure you that you will not look like Arnold Schwartzenegger if you start lifting weights. I can't tell you how much work a women body builder has to do to get that kind of body. So, don't be afraid to start strength training.

If you're not sure where to start, check out the fitness section and try a couple of Coach Nicole's short strength training workouts. You might also consider buying a set of resistance bands. Join SERGEANTMAJORs resistance band and body weight team.

Working with resistance bands is a great way to strength train.

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
5/20/13 12:11 P

I read a lot about toning legs and how it can result in dropping a pants size from the effects of strength training. I feel like when I do a lot of toning with my arms and legs, I just bulk up more, and don't actually get smaller, but bigger!? Any one have any similar problems? I'm considering still weight training, but just with liter weights so I don't get "thicker". Has anyone found a solution to the issue I'm noticing?

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