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colandese 10-05-2005 10:46 AM

Need help for my fiance
We've asked a bunch of people, and no one seems to know the answer for this.
My fiance was a dancer/cheerleader in high school- and as a result she has very thick, muscular legs. she wants to get them slimmer and more toned. How might she go about doing this?
We work out together about 4-5 times per week, and when she works on her legs, they get a really big swell/pump.

is there a specific method for shrinking muscle, while maintaining tone?


Naxis 10-05-2005 11:36 AM

Re: Need help for my fiance
She needs to literally lose muscle mass in order to do that. It starts with diet, keeping a calorie deficit for a while (as though working toward fat loss). Continue weight training, but work lighter with legs, keeping the focus on upper body. For a while, even staying with just cardio for legs is okay too. If there is less stress on the leg muscles (weight training) the body will be more likely to catabolize some of the muscle mass in the legs under the calorie deficit. This is kind of hard to do and she will probably lose muscle everywhere else to some extent, so she has to decide if it's worth it.

And for the record, all muscles swell when they are worked. They are filled with blood supplying them with the oxygen they need, but the swell usually declines shortly after.

Gainup 10-06-2005 10:25 AM

Re: Need help for my fiance
I wish I had that problem. :)

I suggest yoga, any kind really. That will help lenghten her legs and still keep them toned. It worked for me.

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