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I don't want my legs or arms to get bigger.


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Hello there! Currently, I'm 125 lbs, 5'1", and a 20 yr old female (that part shouldn't change much haha). My mom just made the comment that my legs look too big.. but muscularly so. A random person just made the comment the other day asking if i were a cyclist because my legs are very toned. In general, I have a pretty flat stomach, but thicker arms and very thick legs.. I mean, for my height. I recently started zumba and I love it, and I enjoy going to the gym, but I'm afraid of my arms and legs getting bigger. I'm beginning to see mre definition in them, which is good, but I'm also worried. I don't watch much of what I eat, because I'm not gaining weight, but I know if I consume more calories than I burn when working out, ill gain more muscle. What efforts can I take to prevent gaining more muscle, and maybe even slimming what I have down? I know I should watch my calories and make sure that I have a calorie defecit, but what else can I do? Any particular exercises to avoid, etc?
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It's in your mind. Ignore your Mom's negativity.

 

You've got to trust me on this -- this anxiety about "bulking up" in arms and legs is just some weird myth.  There are awesome pictures on the INTERNETZ/WEB comparing a pound of muscle to a pound of fat -- look it up!

 

What you want to cut is not the muscle -- it's the fat surrounding your healthy muscle in your arms and legs.  To do this, you want to PROTECT your muscles at all costs.  That means, no starvation-esque diets that are high in sugar. 

Keep doing what you're doing with the zumba, and definitely throw in some heavy lifting into the mix.  Add more healthy proteins into your diet

I only say all of this because I also wasted a lot of time being worried about my legs and arms being bulky, because that's where I store fat.  Once I started lifting heavy and eating right, I lost fat and looked leaner, not thicker. 

 

good luck :) ignore all the haters -- i'm sure you have nothing to worry about :)

You're VERY lucky!!!  I think that muscular legs look amazing on women and I'm striving to get "bulkier" legs myself.  If a random person complimented you on them, that probably means that you look phenominal.  Just keep doing what you're doing and enjoy your beautiful body :).  Bird legs, at least to me, are not attractive.  I've never seen a women with muscular legs and thought, "she really needs to slim her legs down". 

Cwood has a point, is it fat or muscle? Do you gain fat on your arms and legs more than your hips and stomach?

There is one poster on here, I forgot her name that has a photo of her muscular legs, and I must say, I felt a little turned on after seeing her photo. I didn't think I would, but maybe I am one of those guys that pays female bodybuilders to wrestle with me.

If what I'm doing isn't wrong, well, I guess that's all I needed to know. HOWEVER, I did see a woman in the gym yesterday. She was a trainer and her legs were HUGE.. calves and thighs. Now, they were all muscle it seemed, but they looked disproportionate to her body. Is there any way what I'm doing is going to possibly lead me to that? I don't want to go there. Being a trainer, she probably works out a lot more though, and takes supplements or something. I really could just see my legs looking like that though if I weren't careful, and to me that's scary.. I'm not looking to be a trainer haha.
Original Post by cassrd05:

You're VERY lucky!!!  I think that muscular legs look amazing on women and I'm striving to get "bulkier" legs myself.  If a random person complimented you on them, that probably means that you look phenominal.  Just keep doing what you're doing and enjoy your beautiful body :).  Bird legs, at least to me, are not attractive.  I've never seen a women with muscular legs and thought, "she really needs to slim her legs down". 

YES -- in case you need evidence, check out this HILARIOUS picture

Friends don't let friends skip a leg day

Oh, in response to fat or muscle, both really. But like you sat, the fat is on top of the muscle. And I agree that is why they look so big. I just don't want them to get bigger. However, especially with my thighs, when I walk or flex, you can't tell they're fatty, because apparently I have quite defined muscles and those stick out more. Inner thighs is where most of it is and oddly I'd have to say calves too.. somehow. And on my arms, the fat seems to be mostly over the tripceps I think.. th
Original Post by heyybaker:

If what I'm doing isn't wrong, well, I guess that's all I needed to know. HOWEVER, I did see a woman in the gym yesterday. She was a trainer and her legs were HUGE.. calves and thighs. Now, they were all muscle it seemed, but they looked disproportionate to her body. Is there any way what I'm doing is going to possibly lead me to that? I don't want to go there. Being a trainer, she probably works out a lot more though, and takes supplements or something. I really could just see my legs looking like that though if I weren't careful, and to me that's scary.. I'm not looking to be a trainer haha.

Trust me, bodybuilders work SUPER hard to look that way, especially female bodybuilders.  Since we don't have the same level of testosterone as men, we do not build muscle as easily.  It takes a LOT of work and you won't accidentally wake up with ripped arms. You have to be eating a TON and I mean a TON of protein, plus lifting SUPER HEAVY to actually grow your muscles. 

On the other hand, as women we do build some things much easier than men -- fat.  Thanks (in part) to our abundant source of estrogen, most of our soft shape is related to the layers of fat surrounding our muscles.  So, if you are worried about looking bulkier or bigger, THAT is where you should be concerned -- not your lean muscle that is keeping your body burning lots of calories, but the soft (and often beautiful!) fat. 

 

I've never done Zumba before, but it seems to me  very unlikely to get you to bulk up with muscles.  You'd need to be eating a TON and weight training in the Low Rep High Weight Range to be worried about that.

 

Hope that helped!!

  • You can't change your genetics. 
  • If you are getting thicker, that is due primarily to your diet.
  • It is extremely hard to gain muscle. It doesn't happen by accident, or by doing a couple of zumba classes, or without eating a lot of food. 
  • Losing body fat will make your muscles more defined and they will look bigger.

 

If you're in a calorie deficit your body won't be primed to build muscle. If you do light reps in the 15-20 rep range, your working in the endurance range, not in the muscle building range. If you run a lot, your legs will lose muscle.

Metabolic workouts use light weights, they're not muscle building workouts, they use weights, but light weights, the work out is meant to burn a lot of calories - not build muscle.

Women can gain .25 to .5lbs of muscle a week, but that is under conditions where you're eating a calorie surplus.

This has been linked to before, but it applies here as well. 

http://www.stumptuous.com/honesty-is-the-best -policy

You don't have to read, but there is a section called "your probably not as muscular as you think" which pretty much says it all. 

Original Post by karozel:

This has been linked to before, but it applies here as well. 

http://www.stumptuous.com/honesty-is-the-best -policy

You don't have to read, but there is a section called "your probably not as muscular as you think" which pretty much says it all. 

Woah, thanks for this! This article is SPOT ON -- and a cool website :)

Women who bulk up are either exercising and insane amount or are genetically predisposed.

I have thighs like a draft horse, but they're big whether I work out or not.  It's genetic.  They're leaner, though, and more toned when I work out.  If your thighs aren't naturally that big, exercise is not going to make them blow up.

I agree with the rest of the posters - you don't have anything to worry about. Keep doing what you're doing. If you want to be more proactive about creating longer, leaner muscles look into yoga, pilates, or barre-based workouts (Pure Barre is my favorite). The combination of working against your own body weight and stretching gives you more dancer-like muscles.

But really, at 20 years old, you just need to learn to accept your body and love it for what it is. Keep this Eat/pray/love quote in mind:

"I really need to take it easy. I've gained 10 pounds since I've been here."

Listen, have you ever had a man kick you out of the bedroom? No, because there’s a naked woman in his bed. He’s won the lottery!”


Unless you're unhealthy and it's causing physical problems in your life, the majority of our body image issues lie within ourselves.

Quit the Zumba and weight lift for awesome shapelier legs and my legs and arms are smaller and muscular much more than they were when I did cardio all the time. 

I get compliments all the time for my legs and my arms for once are skinny looking when you see them from the front but from the sides you can see where the biceps start and the tri's end.  I love my arms.  I love my legs for the first time ever in my 52 years. 

You will lose inches with weight lifting and actually making them "bulky: is bull hockey!

 

Original Post by cwood26:

Trust me, bodybuilders work SUPER hard to look that way, especially female bodybuilders.  Since we don't have the same level of testosterone as men, we do not build muscle as easily.  It takes a LOT of work and you won't accidentally wake up with ripped arms. You have to be eating a TON and I mean a TON of protein, plus lifting SUPER HEAVY to actually grow your muscles. 

On the other hand, as women we do build some things much easier than men -- fat.  Thanks (in part) to our abundant source of estrogen, most of our soft shape is related to the layers of fat surrounding our muscles.  So, if you are worried about looking bulkier or bigger, THAT is where you should be concerned -- not your lean muscle that is keeping your body burning lots of calories, but the soft (and often beautiful!) fat. 

 

I've never done Zumba before, but it seems to me  very unlikely to get you to bulk up with muscles.  You'd need to be eating a TON and weight training in the Low Rep High Weight Range to be worried about that.

 

Hope that helped!!

Female bodybuilders take HGH and anabolic steroids to get big, as a result their clits are huge!!!!!

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