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Old 08-03-2010, 06:21 PM
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Shrinking muscle mass?

Odd question, I know. I have pretty muscular thighs and I'm wondering if there's any way to shrink them and make them look less bulky. I know it's muscle mass and not fat and I don't think loosing weight would really help at all. Has anyone else ever had this problem? Any advice on what I could do? TIA!
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:56 PM
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well, you can't really change genetics ...

if you have pretty muscular thighs from sports and stuff, just do your reps with less weight and do more long-distance running as opposed to shorter sprints or tempo runs

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Old 08-04-2010, 11:57 PM
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That's true.. I use to run cross country and track and before that, I biked a lot so I think that's where it came from. I will definitely try that. Thank you!
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:35 AM
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Agree - fewer weights should do the trick.
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If the majority of the mass you gained was from track/biking, then you should easily (relatively) be able to decrease some of that mass. . .If it is in your genes, then this may not be as effective.

Generally, forms of cardio that are done in intensity intervals, (bouts of low intensity and high intensity training - i.e. terrain biking, or some activities performed in track) will increase the size of the muscles in your legs because you are using your fast twitch muscle fibers as opposed to your slow twitch fibers. This builds muscle mass.

If you switch the type of training you perform to engage your slow twitch fibers more (i.e. steady paced cardio exceeding thirty minutes), your may see a decrease in the amount of muscle mass on your legs.

I'd recommend doing a routine that incorporates high-rep, low weight resistance training followed by steady paced cardio for at least thirty minutes. This will allow your body to burn through the amino acids by doing the weight training prior to the cardio, and will make your cardio more effective.

I hope all of that makes sense. . .
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:15 PM
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Yes this definitely makes sense and it's super helpful too! I will definitely try that. Thank you!
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Dude, so glad this thread was bumped. I have been getting SO SUPER LARGE from running, and I guess it's because I've been running as long as I can (I'm no runner - so like, 10-15 mins tops) and then stopping and walking for a few minutes. My thigh and ass muscles are getting OOC!! I've had enough. I love the cardio aspect, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to straight run for more than 30 mins without stopping to walk. I mean maybe slowing to a super slow jog? I did 20 mins today and that was the most I've ever been able to run non-stop. I suck at endurance.

Anyway, should I just try to walk on an incline or something instead? I am getting bulky and gross. I plan to reduce my calories by a landslide in January, but I'm not sure if that'll solve my problem. I basically need to drop 2 dress (or jeans!) sizes in 3 months... possible?
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Dude, so glad this thread was bumped. I have been getting SO SUPER LARGE from running, and I guess it's because I've been running as long as I can (I'm no runner - so like, 10-15 mins tops) and then stopping and walking for a few minutes. My thigh and ass muscles are getting OOC!! I've had enough. I love the cardio aspect, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to straight run for more than 30 mins without stopping to walk. I mean maybe slowing to a super slow jog? I did 20 mins today and that was the most I've ever been able to run non-stop. I suck at endurance.

Anyway, should I just try to walk on an incline or something instead? I am getting bulky and gross. I plan to reduce my calories by a landslide in January, but I'm not sure if that'll solve my problem. I basically need to drop 2 dress (or jeans!) sizes in 3 months... possible?
With running, when you are looking to trim down (especially muscle) it is all about duration, not speed. Those speed intervals, where you are running at a high speed for as long as you can and then following that with a resting period and then starting again - is what is building the mass in your legs.

I would recommend against walking on an incline - adding an incline adds resistance which leads to greater muscle mass.

If you can manage to do around thirty minutes of jogging - even if it is at a pace that is barely above a brisk, brisk walk - that will be more beneficial to you than working on an incline.

Also, reducing your caloric intake is a great idea. As long as you are burning more calories than you are consuming, you will not build much muscle. Just don't go too overboard with the caloric reduction, you still want to maintain enough energy to be able to keep up with the work-outs!

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^ That actually makes perfect sense. I don't know where I heard that that was a good way to lose weight. Right now, if I run outside, I usually go about 7-8 mph, but on a treadmill it's more like 6-7. It's really hard to keep myself at a slower pace outside, especially if I'm listening to music. Maybe I should try just 5.5-6mph on the treadmill and see how long that can last. Thanks for the input! I am so sick of not fitting in to all my jeans because of all this muscle!!
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