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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Strengthening legs without getting them bulky?

    Is it possible to strengthen and tone legs without getting them bulky? No offense to anyone with great quads/calves but I can't stand to see them to huge. It's probably just my personal taste. However, my issue is the fact that I'm on the shorter side and my legs are a teeny bit short. I've seen some short guys with huge legs and it's unappealing to me, they look like a cinder block.

    So I'll repeat once more, Is it possible to strengthen and tone legs without getting them bulky huge? Thanks.
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    I wish it was so easy to get bulky huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I wish it was so easy to get bulky huge.
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    Adrian, unless you have fabulous genetics (which is always a possibility) your legs are not just going to balloon up from working them out.
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    Lol, that just the thing my legs are pretty big naturally. I know some wish for this, but I don't to get them anymore bulky from doing squats. So I was thinking maybe just keep to low weights on the squats just to get them toned up?
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    Your legs don't magically get huge when you start squatting. I wish it were that way...

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    My legs are nowhere near bulky. So.....yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    Lol, that just the thing my legs are pretty big naturally. I know some wish for this, but I don't to get them anymore bulky from doing squats. So I was thinking maybe just keep to low weights on the squats just to get them toned up?
    You're 5'7 and 142 pounds.

    There's no way in hell your legs are big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    my legs are pretty big naturally.
    Give us a measurement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coqui View Post
    You're 5'7 and 142 pounds.

    There's no way in hell your legs are big.
    Quoted for truth.

    Mate do your squats, you are not going to bulk up like Ronnie Coleman. Since starting to squat seriously I've noticed much better gains in my upper body and my legs have increased MAYBE an inch.
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    When your goal is to be 160 pounds at 10%, you wont have huge legs, it just wont happen. Plus, tone is for little girls

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    i get what he's saying, he's not a real weightlifter but one of those people after aesthetics... or how it appears in the mirror to him.

    If you dont want big legs...dont work em... but im willing to bet your legs only look big to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    Is it possible to strengthen and tone legs without getting them bulky? No offense to anyone with great quads/calves but I can't stand to see them to huge. It's probably just my personal taste. However, my issue is the fact that I'm on the shorter side and my legs are a teeny bit short. I've seen some short guys with huge legs and it's unappealing to me, they look like a cinder block.

    So I'll repeat once more, Is it possible to strengthen and tone legs without getting them bulky huge? Thanks.

    Yes it is. Lots of running/ biking while keeping calories at a maintenance level are good methods to accomplish that.
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    My legs got a lot bigger from doing squats and deads, but I was also bulking up.

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    What do you want strong legs for if not to bulk up? If you think they're already big enough and just want more definition then lose weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    Lol, that just the thing my legs are pretty big naturally. I know some wish for this, but I don't to get them anymore bulky from doing squats. So I was thinking maybe just keep to low weights on the squats just to get them toned up?
    Seriously? Get them strong with low weights? You don't get toned other than building muscle and shedding fat to make the muscle you built show. Tone shouldn't ever even be used. If you want strong powerful legs but don't want them to be huge you can always do low reps as in singles with a lot of weight. And just don't eat a lot, biggest factor for size is how much you eat.

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    Having just looked at your stats I agree with others that this is just a personal issue, you seem to have height issues... I mean who adds the 1/2 inch to their height??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    No offense to anyone with great quads/calves but I can't stand to see them to huge.
    No need to worry, I won't be taking my trousers off for you anytime soon.

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    Work the legs using lower reps with heavy weights. Eat at maintenance or less and you will not get bigger. To grow you need to eat above maintenance to shrink you need to eat below maintenance.

    I understand what you are saying. At the current time I am more concerned with leg strength than leg size. I work my legs with squats three times a week and use different rep ranges for all three workouts. I am eating at maintenance and my legs have not grown in a month. In the future ... a different story for me.

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    I was hoping to hear back from this kid Adrian. Good thread.
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    Bodyweight-------------------------BE 280 x 1------------------------BE 300 x 1
    Jan 2009: 151 lbs----------------SQ 365 x 2-----------------------SQ 400 x 1
    Jan 2010: 221 lbs----------------DL 405 x 1------------------------DL 500 x 1
    Current: 214 lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by jreed110 View Post
    Having just looked at your stats I agree with others that this is just a personal issue, you seem to have height issues... I mean who adds the 1/2 inch to their height??
    Lots of other people. No, I'm not insecure about my height. I'll admit I was for a period of time but not since high school lol.

    Look guys thanks for the replies, yeah I think I'm imagining that my legs are big. Time to Squat away!
    Name: Adrian
    Height: 5'8
    Weight: 142 lbs

    Goal: To be 175-180 lbs @ 10% body fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian101 View Post
    Lots of other people. No, I'm not insecure about my height. I'll admit I was for a period of time but not since high school lol.

    Look guys thanks for the replies, yeah I think I'm imagining that my legs are big. Time to Squat away!
    That's the spirit. No one ever regrets squatting (aside from injury).

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