On top of eating healthier and cutting out the majority of starchy carbs, I am exercising most days..whether its spinning, swim, body conditioning or the gym. However after my spinning class, I started to think maybe spinning was better for muscle tone rather than weight loss, as it engages the quads and calves so much.. Although its cardio I still have doubt in going to get even bigger thighs and not thinner :(
Please help x
To be honest, spin classes are great if you are generally kind of lazy, because they aren't a very great workout. Well, in my experience (all lower body, no body weight resistance, extremely taxing on legs and therefore difficult to do many days a week). You would be much better off on a treadmill or elliptical if you have the discipline to push yourself without guidance. You'll notice it is much easier to raise your heart rate on these machines compared to the bikes, but it's also more difficult energy wise. You will burn more calories on these type of machines and tone your entire body better. However, some people find spin classes beneficial for other reasons. Extra motivation if you will, since you have someone pushing you. What's important is do what works for you, what makes you want to go back to the gym day after day, and you will have the most success from that. If you like spinning though, try a real bike. It provides a much better, more fun, workout.
You can burn a lot of calories doing it. But whether or not you will lose weight depends on how much you are eating. Don't cut out starchy carbs, they are good for you. And don't worry about too much muscle, you don't have it, and your not going to get it by accident.
Try this. While tensing up your calf, feel for how much soft flesh there is there. That is all fat. (If it were muscle, it would be firm when tensed.). Now do the same for your thighs, and rear. If there is only 1/2" or 1/4" of fat, then the slight increase in the underlying muscle size might be noticeable. Otherwise, there's much more fat to lose, than muscle can be gained, and a combination of diet and exercise will make your legs slimmer, not thicker.
(Exception: if you become such a strong sprint cyclist that you are tearing other racers up and leaving them for dead, then you might develop significantly larger thighs. That won't happen from spin classes.)
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