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HALP! Heavy Lifting Made Me SUPAH Bulky!!!

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  • BattyKnitterBattyKnitter Posts: 503Member Member Posts: 503Member Member
    I so can't wait to be "supah bulky" 15 more pounds to go until I can start recomp! Already started lifting though!
  • middlehaitchmiddlehaitch Posts: 8,035Member Member Posts: 8,035Member Member
    @BattyKnitter, your avatar is pretty inspiring.

    Cheers, h.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 25,463Member Member Posts: 25,463Member Member
    @BattyKnitter, your avatar is pretty inspiring.

    Cheers, h.

    Agreed! I like the updated pics.
  • xxzenabxxxxzenabxx Posts: 502Member Member Posts: 502Member Member
    Can some one help me out please? So from December 2018 to Feb 2019 I did a reverse diet and just forgot about dieting. I still carried on lifting weights and I gained abit of fat too. The problem is I’ve gained muscle on my already muscly thighs 😫 it’s come to the point where UK size 12 trousers are super tight on me and I never found size 12 tight! I used to fit into size 10 trousers and I don’t want to buy new ones because I just don’t want buy more clothes and I can’t afford to either. I just want to be smaller. I know I’ve gained fat around my thighs but I’ve also gained muscle. How do I go about losing this muscle? I’m thinking of stopping leg days and doing lots of cardio/walking and Pilates to get rid of the muscle. Thoughts? I really don’t like the way my thighs look and I know that they can be smaller like they were in the past.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,260Member Member Posts: 8,260Member Member
    xxzenabxx wrote: »
    Can some one help me out please? So from December 2018 to Feb 2019 I did a reverse diet and just forgot about dieting. I still carried on lifting weights and I gained abit of fat too. The problem is I’ve gained muscle on my already muscly thighs 😫 it’s come to the point where UK size 12 trousers are super tight on me and I never found size 12 tight! I used to fit into size 10 trousers and I don’t want to buy new ones because I just don’t want buy more clothes and I can’t afford to either. I just want to be smaller. I know I’ve gained fat around my thighs but I’ve also gained muscle. How do I go about losing this muscle? I’m thinking of stopping leg days and doing lots of cardio/walking and Pilates to get rid of the muscle. Thoughts? I really don’t like the way my thighs look and I know that they can be smaller like they were in the past.

    If you gained weight, unless you were deliberately trying to bulk, while you may have gained some muscle, most likely most of that is fat. First I would focus on losing the fat since this will reduce the size the most, however if you don't want to build or retain muscle in your legs don't focus too much progressive quad dominant movements such as squats or leg press. However I would not recommend stopping leg days altogether as you will start to lose glute muscles (they are a very use it or lose it type of muscle) and that is one area where you don't want to lose muscle not only for aesthetics but strength, posture as well.
    edited June 9
  • xxzenabxxxxzenabxx Posts: 502Member Member Posts: 502Member Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    xxzenabxx wrote: »
    Can some one help me out please? So from December 2018 to Feb 2019 I did a reverse diet and just forgot about dieting. I still carried on lifting weights and I gained abit of fat too. The problem is I’ve gained muscle on my already muscly thighs 😫 it’s come to the point where UK size 12 trousers are super tight on me and I never found size 12 tight! I used to fit into size 10 trousers and I don’t want to buy new ones because I just don’t want buy more clothes and I can’t afford to either. I just want to be smaller. I know I’ve gained fat around my thighs but I’ve also gained muscle. How do I go about losing this muscle? I’m thinking of stopping leg days and doing lots of cardio/walking and Pilates to get rid of the muscle. Thoughts? I really don’t like the way my thighs look and I know that they can be smaller like they were in the past.

    If you gained weight, unless you were deliberately trying to bulk, while you may have gained some muscle, most likely most of that is fat. First I would focus on losing the fat since this will reduce the size the most, however if you don't want to build or retain muscle in your legs don't focus too much progressive quad dominant movements such as squats or leg press. However I would not recommend stopping leg days altogether as you will start to lose glute muscles (they are a very use it or lose it type of muscle) and that is one area where you don't want to lose muscle not only for aesthetics but strength, posture as well.

    I was in a calorie surplus because I wasnt sure exactly what my maintenance calories were. I have high testosterone (PCOS) so build muscle faster than other women. I know it’s fat too which I intend on losing. Pilates does glute movements. I’m going to stop lifting heavy except for upper body because I’m weaker there. I’m just going to to do body weight/high rep work from now on. Lifting heavy did not suit my body.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,260Member Member Posts: 8,260Member Member
    xxzenabxx wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    xxzenabxx wrote: »
    Can some one help me out please? So from December 2018 to Feb 2019 I did a reverse diet and just forgot about dieting. I still carried on lifting weights and I gained abit of fat too. The problem is I’ve gained muscle on my already muscly thighs 😫 it’s come to the point where UK size 12 trousers are super tight on me and I never found size 12 tight! I used to fit into size 10 trousers and I don’t want to buy new ones because I just don’t want buy more clothes and I can’t afford to either. I just want to be smaller. I know I’ve gained fat around my thighs but I’ve also gained muscle. How do I go about losing this muscle? I’m thinking of stopping leg days and doing lots of cardio/walking and Pilates to get rid of the muscle. Thoughts? I really don’t like the way my thighs look and I know that they can be smaller like they were in the past.

    If you gained weight, unless you were deliberately trying to bulk, while you may have gained some muscle, most likely most of that is fat. First I would focus on losing the fat since this will reduce the size the most, however if you don't want to build or retain muscle in your legs don't focus too much progressive quad dominant movements such as squats or leg press. However I would not recommend stopping leg days altogether as you will start to lose glute muscles (they are a very use it or lose it type of muscle) and that is one area where you don't want to lose muscle not only for aesthetics but strength, posture as well.

    I was in a calorie surplus because I wasnt sure exactly what my maintenance calories were. I have high testosterone (PCOS) so build muscle faster than other women. I know it’s fat too which I intend on losing. Pilates does glute movements. I’m going to stop lifting heavy except for upper body because I’m weaker there. I’m just going to to do body weight/high rep work from now on. Lifting heavy did not suit my body.

    Oh I have PCOS too but I haven't had that easy muscle building side effect unfortunately, three bulk cycles later and I barely look like I lift :D

    Hey you do what works at the end of the day. As long as you are challenging yourself overtime.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 25,463Member Member Posts: 25,463Member Member
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,762Member Member Posts: 2,762Member Member
    You all look great!!! And I will be honest...I'm a little bit jealous of females who can lift and get fit instead of bulk.

    I don't know if it's my genetics or like a previous commenter, too much testosterone. I bulked after hiring a personal trainer who assured me lifting doesn't bulk females up.

    So, I would assume most females do not bulk up, and can lift away!! ;)

    I cried when I saw the wedding pictures I was trying to tone up for... And I looked like the Incredible Hulk.... Broader and bigger than my husband... who was always like football player build. (was not my wedding... That would've made it worse, lol, but I knew there would be a lot of pictures being taken and wanted to be trim for them).

    I would never want to discourage others from lifting, and think most females can lift without bulking... Just wish I was one of them!

    I think everyone has their own definition of bulky. If you look at the majority of the women on this thread, they were lifting while losing weight or maintaining so getting smaller in size regardless. If you are lifting and gain weight, you are going to appear bulkier most likely. Also, if you get big lat development, you’ll end up with a wider back. Some, like myself have no problem with that. Others see it as “unfemine”. I do know that I have dresses I can no longer zip up because my back has gotten bigger.

    I encourage all women to lift for health reasons. If you find your muscle development getting more than you like, just cut back a little.
  • gradchica27gradchica27 Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    I’m curious about what everyone considers “bulky”...I’ve been trying to build some muscle and I can see I’ve gotten some results in my back/arms, though as my husband says, “You’ve got nothing on Barclay Stockett” (I totally wouldn’t mind having shoulders/back like her!). Yet my mom thinks I look too big, and in certain styles (handkerchief tops that emphasize the breadth of the shoulders, super dainty spaghetti straps) I do look a bit buff, but I wouldn’t consider myself bulky. But clearly others do. Maybe I would have a year or two ago as well.
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,762Member Member Posts: 2,762Member Member
    It's totally subjective. Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different answers. My husband thinks any visible musculature is bulky, when to me that's just lean. I think I'd maybe classify Stefi Cohen as bulky. I think most people think of the classic, roided out, top bodybuilding competitors where their heads look disproportionate to their bodies.

    This would be an example to me.

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    It look a crap ton of work to get that (not knocking anyone) and probably a lot of pharmaceutical help. But this thread is to show that most natural lifting women will not end up like this by accident.
    edited July 30
  • gradchica27gradchica27 Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    It's totally subjective. Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different answers. My husband thinks any visible musculature is bulky, when to me that's just lean. I think I'd maybe classify Stefi Cohen as bulky. I think most people think of the classic, roided out, top bodybuilding competitors where their heads look disproportionate to their bodies.

    This would be an example to me.

    rgmmkbued83f.png

    It look a crap ton of work to get that (not knocking anyone) and probably a lot of pharmaceutical help. But this thread is to show that most natural lifting women will not end up like this by accident.

    Gotcha, that’s what I’m thinking, but I’m thinking some definitions might be considerably smaller. Which is my general response to “I’m going to get bulky”—you’re not going to look like a professional bodybuilder.

    A friend I’m introducing to lifting asked how to not get bulky... I told her that was unlikely, since I am working my butt off lifting 5x a week (3 upper body sessions),plus climbing and kayaking another time or three a week, and after 4 years of lifting (4ish months of emphasizing upper body) I have, well, about my profile pic’s worth of muscle to show for progressively adding more weight or reps each week...I haven’t hulled out yet, so she’ll be fine running New Rules twice a week.
  • Hey_DanaHey_Dana Posts: 9Member, Premium Member Posts: 9Member, Premium Member
    <3 Love it! Thanks for the smile and the inspiration!
  • creationscrowncreationscrown Posts: 266Member Member Posts: 266Member Member
    It's totally subjective. Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different answers. My husband thinks any visible musculature is bulky, when to me that's just lean. I think I'd maybe classify Stefi Cohen as bulky. I think most people think of the classic, roided out, top bodybuilding competitors where their heads look disproportionate to their bodies.

    This would be an example to me.

    rgmmkbued83f.png

    It look a crap ton of work to get that (not knocking anyone) and probably a lot of pharmaceutical help. But this thread is to show that most natural lifting women will not end up like this by accident.

    Hahahaha!! Oh you! Mom23mangos you kill me, so funny!!
    edited August 1
  • WSwalknLAC9000WSwalknLAC9000 Posts: 57Member Member Posts: 57Member Member
    You do look awesome, but I would have loved to see an after pic from the same angle as the beginning pic. Keep up the great work!
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