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Spinning- does it bulk up your legs?


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I just recently (3 weeks ago) started back at the gym.  I have been taking a spinning class 2x/wk and love it.  I'm just concerned that my thighs might get bigger from this exercise (already my thighs are pretty big- a bit out of proportion with the rest of my body- but not jiggly just larger- trainer actually figured i was or had been a runner at some point b/c of their size- a little embarrassing since I never have been).  I'm 5'6'' 134 lbs and looking to drop about 10 lbs and tone up all over.  I'd really appreciate it if anyone knows anything about whether spinning adds volume to thigh area! 

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from my experience, it added bulk to my outer thigh muscles.

If your are genetically predisposed to have large thighs then there is not much you can do about it but Spinning is a great way to keep your thighs and the rest of you from getting fat.  If you are in a calorie deficit you will not "bulk up" no matter what kind of exercise you do.

I know how you feel about the trainer thinking you were a runner, my chiropracter asked me on multiple occassions if I play soccer, because I have big calves. Nope, they're just fat!

But no, spinning should not add bulk to your thighs, especially if you are eating at a deficit. Even if somehow you do manage to build the muscle there, if you lose the 10 pounds you'd likely have less fat on them, so they'd be smaller and more muscular looking.  Plus, it's not like they'll get big over night, it takes a long time to build muscle. At first they may retain some water and seem bigger, but once it lets go they'll pretty much feel back to normal. After I work my legs at the gym my jeans are always a bit tighter, but usually by the next day they're fine.

I found that spinning really helped me get into better shape.  I combined it with weight training and I finally got the ankles I was trying for!!  I have a genetic predisposition for large legs and fat ankles!!!  Couldn't even zip up boots...well I still can't without an extender but I there is not a lot I can do about it.  But spinning and lifting sure did make them look better. 

i am so happy to hear that others have had a similiar experience (and found spinning does help!)  i really enjoy this type of exercise and i always feel challenged and like i had a really beneficial workout afterwards.  i will stick with the spinning and combine with weight training a couple times a week (at least 2, maybe 3 days a week) and see what type of results i get.  i am eating at a deficit- usually b/w 1500-1700 cals a day (but with at least 1 hr of exercise a day as well) so im hoping to see the scale move downward while i am building muscle and losing inches.  i know its a process (i didn't get my body into the shape it is right now overnight and im motivated to stick with a healthy eating/fitness schedule- so it's only a matter of time!). 

I can't say enough great things about spinning.  I lost 60 lbs. in the past 1.5 years.  I spent months doing my required 45 - 60 minutes of cardio 4-5 days a week on the treadmill, elliptical, etc. -- I hated the stationary bike.  Once I got into "so-so" shape and had dropped 20 - 30 lbs. I stumbled on spin class.  It completely transformed my body and spirits.  My husband and I are both "addicted" to spin class.  I was a size 16 and am now a size 6.  I lost 10 inches from my hips.  And my thighs were 25.75 inches and are now 18 inches (I measure six inches above my knees).  I am a 47 year old female and can say with exact measurements that spin class does not give me big legs.  Fat gives me big legs.  Spin gives me energy, helps me burn through stress and maintains my weight loss.  We go religiously 3 times a week and love it so much.  I won't give it up.  I do other cardio and I do lift weights, but I did stop doing leg weights because I don't want to bulk up my thigh muscles, I just want to look lean.  It worked . . . Spin is a win!

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If you are maintaining a calorie deficit you cannot gain muscle mass, it is not possible.  So unless you are consuming enough calories you will not add volume to anything.  The muscles in your legs may look bigger and more defined as you lose fat, and they may swell after a hard class, but they will not actually be getting any bigger.

I have very little experience with stationary bikes and, in fact, find them slightly boring. However, I used to bicycle outdoors every day (which ended for the most part, when the tot came along). I found that, unlike running, bicycling did not bulk up my legs other than immediately after the workout. Bicycling gave my legs a nice tone and shape, if that makes any sense. And if you enjoy spinning, you will probably love bicycling outdoors. It's nice to ride outdoors and enjoy not only the scenery, but the unique challenges that the earth's natural terrain provide.

I was so happy to see this post. I LOVE spin too, but question if I am figuring my deficit right because my weight is "stuck". I have lost 6 pounds since the beginning of January, but am now stuck since I started spin. My husband says it's because I'm gaining muscle?? I'm on my 3rd week of spin and want to make sure I am doing this right. I do it 3 times a week for 60 minutes. Just being alive I burn 1700 calories (5'2 33 yrs old female) According to CC a typical spin class moderate effort for 60 minutes burns 555 calories. So 1700 + 555 = 2255 - 500 = should mean I can eat 1200-1755 calories on the day I do spin??? RIGHT?? On the days I don't do spin, I walk for 45 minutes, so on those days I only eat 1200-1300 calories per day. Can someone help to make sure I have this figured out? THANKS SO MUCH!!

LOVE spinning for my legs and butt! It didn't bulk me up at all BUT I did get more definition. As a woman you will never really bulk up too much unless you're actually trainning to which is quite different. I'd say keep doing it and with muscle definition you will have some fat lose and should be ok... obviously genetics are a factor but there is nothing you can do about that.

I say keep up with spinning a few times a week, just don't go overboard.

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Does spinning stops increasing ur muscle or reduces ?

Original Post by ara6201:

I was so happy to see this post. I LOVE spin too, but question if I am figuring my deficit right because my weight is "stuck". I have lost 6 pounds since the beginning of January, but am now stuck since I started spin. My husband says it's because I'm gaining muscle?? I'm on my 3rd week of spin and want to make sure I am doing this right. I do it 3 times a week for 60 minutes. Just being alive I burn 1700 calories (5'2 33 yrs old female) According to CC a typical spin class moderate effort for 60 minutes burns 555 calories. So 1700 + 555 = 2255 - 500 = should mean I can eat 1200-1755 calories on the day I do spin??? RIGHT?? On the days I don't do spin, I walk for 45 minutes, so on those days I only eat 1200-1300 calories per day. Can someone help to make sure I have this figured out? THANKS SO MUCH!!

right.  if you burn 555 calories in spin, you should eat 1505-1755 for a 500-750 cal deficit.  (This assumes that 1700 is your total calorie burn without exercise...generally you multiply your BMR by a factor that accounts for additional calories you burn, but you did not include your weight, so I am not sure what the 1700 means exactly.)

as stated above, its not likely you are gaining muscle on this kind of deficit, but your muscles could be retaining water due to a new exercise regimen.  Keep it up!!

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my weight is 62.9 kg, height 169 cm I spin almost 45 mins on MWF and do weight training on TTS

Tuesday upper body Thursday lower body and Saturday upper again and when I do weight training I do cardio for 10 mins max as a warm up, so my question is should I cont spinning on MWF as cardio or should I do treadmill rather, or can I do weight training every day by doing upper body and lower body alternate and keep cardio 20 mins regurlaly

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