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How to AVOID runner legs?


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I do modeling, so I have to make sure to keep my legs looking really slim.

But lately I've been working out more and my muscles are pretty sore. I'm scared that my legs will get "buff" and I'll lose my slenderness Frown

I usually work out on the elliptical, and I always program it to work out only my glutes, chest, and biceps. But I still feel pressure on my thighs and calves when I'm working out.. do you think I should be worried? Will stretching/ massage help loosen the muscles?

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Most models have some muscle in their legs.  Without it, legs are just knobby looking and shapeless.  No muscle is gross looking.  I don't think you need to worry so much about it.

Runner's legs are typically very thin and muscular.  True "runners" (i.e. - people that run for sport or competition and more than just a few times per week) don't usually have bulky legs.  I'm a runner and when people comment on my "runner's legs" what they usually say is that they look so long & lean (which is incredible since I'm only 5'3").  And the comments are very frequent - I get tons of compliments on my legs.

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First of all ,"runner's legs"... what is that? There are two kinds of runners, long distance runners, who have very slim legs, and sprinters, who typically have larger, more muscular thighs because they need more explosive power for shorter distance runs.

You are not going to bulk up your legs by running on the elliptical. You might get a little more definition, but they will still be slim.

It's also practically impossible to change your natural body shape. Real life example: my friend is a cross country runner, I am a sprinter/jumper. We did the same preseason training for months, cardio mixed with weight lifting, and while we both looked very fit and toned, she still had stick legs and I still had muscular, thicker thighs.

You can't bulk up your legs doing a bunch of cardio, ok? You can't. When I'm running a lot my legs get too skinny for my body. Sounds good in theory but it's not.

i think you're either a bulker-upper or you're not.  lots of runners are lean and sinuey, but i know people who just bulk up the minute they get off the couch, regardless of what kind of exercise they're doing.

mimi I think modeling is AWESOME. I think the trend now is to go for a more fit looking model. If you go to to http://www.fordmodels.tv/ you'll see some videos of the fitness models, like Kim, and see that they are still slender, but also toned!

I have seen several spreads where the fitness models have gotten shoots for non-fitness companies.

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I am a model, and I have the same worry. My legs have some muscle, but I am scared of them beefing up too.  Well I just say dont over do it. I have started walking more, but I havent had anyone mention anything about my legs so i guess i am in no real worry.

If u need me to take a look at your legs for an opinion. Let me know.

My wife sez I have chicken legs!

I think people who get runners legs are those who are predisposed to be really good runners. I've been running for about a year and a half and I look like I don't do any kind of workout. Look into multi-muscle training. It wont bulk you up and it takes less time and I think it'll give you the results you're looking for (it doesn't sound like you want to lose weight, but maintain your physique).

Many people recommend New Rules of Lifting for Women. The workouts are great and they do not take long at all.

Original Post by 711sanchez:

If u need me to take a look at your legs for an opinion. Let me know.

 Are pictures of girls legs so hard to find on the internet that you need to bump 2-year old posts to ask for them?

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by 711sanchez:

If u need me to take a look at your legs for an opinion. Let me know.

 Are pictures of girls legs so hard to find on the internet that you need to bump 2-year old posts to ask for them?

Son of some bleach! I always fall for the old threads. ERRR.

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by 711sanchez:

If u need me to take a look at your legs for an opinion. Let me know.

 Are pictures of girls legs so hard to find on the internet that you need to bump 2-year old posts to ask for them?

Son of some bleach! I always fall for the old threads. ERRR.

me 2 Cry

I didn't even notice the date. I guess that makes you the loser for knowingly responding to a 2 year old post. HA HA.

Original Post by 711sanchez:

I didn't even notice the date. I guess that makes you the loser for knowingly responding to a 2 year old post. HA HA.

But you're still creepy.

Did someone say 'dirty sanchez"?

No? Dammit.

And u my dear are a lesbian.

My husband will be thrilled to learn that.

Original Post by 711sanchez:

And u my dear are a lesbian.

classy!

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