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Legs getting bigger from weight lifting :( SO FRUSTRATING!


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I have always had short, thick legs. I have been working with a personal trainer for the past two months to tone up. We train for an hour 2 days a week. I can feel the muscle in my legs, which is great, but just recently my jeans have been feeling tighter and just a few days ago, I felt the upper part of my inner thighs rubbing together. They have never rubbed together before in my life and I don't understand how they are now AFTER I've been working out trying to get them more tone. My trainer insists that my jeans are tighter because my legs are becoming denser, but I don't understand how my thighs are starting to rub together. Shouldn't it be doing the opposite? I want them to be leaner.

I have been eating really well for the past 6 months so I know it is not because of my diet. 

It's just so frustrating. I feel like my body is only getting worse from working out which is the WORST feeling in the world.

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In general weight lifting increases muscle mass, so no big surprise there. What is your regiment?

UD

Cardio Cardio Cardio and more Cardio.  Running and biking will lean you out not bulk you up while adding strength.  How heavy are you lifting?  What type of routine?  You can get stronger and toned without getting bulky!   

Oh no, this is what I'm afraid of happening! You work hard thinking your P/T knows exactly how to help you reach your goals and you end up with the opposite of what you want!

My trainer has me doing lots of heavy squats and lunges and I'm terrified that my legs are just going to bulk.

Cardio is great, good luck, keep us posted.

I agree with the cardio.  I strength train twice a week, but do cardio about 5 days a week, recumbent bike, treadmill, eliptical.

It's most likely one of two things?

  • You say you've been eating well (which I interpret to mean healthily) but are you eating more or less calories than you burn?  The only way you should be gaining actual bulk is if you're eating more calories than you burn.  Are you estimating portions rather than weighing?  If so, they might be creeping up in size.  If you don't want to eat less, cardio is always an option to increase your calories burned instead.
  • Have you recently changed your workout routine (new exercises or just upped the weight alot)?  If so, your muscles could well be retaining water.  If that's the case, they'll slim down again in a few weeks once the muscles let go of the water.
Original Post by burkam:

Cardio Cardio Cardio and more Cardio.  Running and biking will lean you out not bulk you up while adding strength.  How heavy are you lifting?  What type of routine?  You can get stronger and toned without getting bulky!   

Are you female? Are you on steriods? Are you doing a serious weight program like it's your full time job?

THEN YOU CAN NOT BULK UP. END OF STORY.

You have got to measure what you are eating.  Its not the weights its the diet.  If you are eating a surplus of calories than you are going to gain weight.  I weight train heavy 4 days a week and do about 60 of cardio a week.  I am already seeing myself slimming down. 

 

 

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I have not gained weight, my weight has stayed at a consistent 110 lb. I haven't been eating a surplus of calories, I have been eating the proper amount in order to maintain my weight which I calculated on here. A friend of mine suggested giving my legs a break because I have overworked them. I guess I'll try that for a week and if that doesn't work I'll start up with cardio again

some figure competitors still lift, but change how they lift to not get too thick in the the legs....they do lower weight, higher reps. And then of course, the cardio.

For legs - do low reps, apparently.

Generalization #3: Low rep leg training builds bulky legs, whereas high rep leg training brings out the detail and will build nicely toned legs.

Truth: For the majority of muscle groups, performing reps of 10 or below does seem to work better for mass, but legs are an exception. Assuming you're training close to failure, nothing builds "bulky" legs faster than performing intense sets of 20-50 on squats, leg presses, lunges, and other hard movements.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but keeping the reps low when training legs is more conducive to "tone" than to "bulk." I can't stress this enough.

The girls who come to me complaining of stocky legs are almost always doing sets of 20 or more on legs. I simply switch them to lower reps; over time, the legs stop blowing up, and daylight starts peeking through between the thighs. Hallelujah!

Jen Heath, Ten Training Truths You Need To Hear

Stop doing a million reps of everything which causes sarcoplasmic hypertrophy - that is, enlarged muscle cell volume - and start lifting heavy (5-8 reps) - and your legs will stop swelling with retained fluid and lose that soft look.

 Though legs like all muscles are somewhat genetic, it's rarely muscle that's the problem when we're talking leg bulk.

 Don't guesstimate portions. And measuring cups, spoons and scoops are no better than guesstimating; for accuracy you need a scale.

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I'm not saying there's anything wrong with your diet or that you are consuming in surplus, but Melkor is right about the measuring cups vs the scale.

 I recently got a scale and my measuring cups were off on a lot of foods, but not all. I also found out that packaged foods tend to give you more than they claim. My Kashi hot cereal gave me 20-some more grams in a packet once. 

Original Post by spirochete:

Are you female? Are you on steriods? Are you doing a serious weight program like it's your full time job?

THEN YOU CAN NOT BULK UP. END OF STORY.

 I second this motion.

Your leg muscles are probably swollen from being used and retaining water from being used and it will go down once the muscles are used to it.

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