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Unique experience with HIIT - Advice needed please

Discussion in 'Fat Loss/Cutting' started by HenryCamel, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. HenryCamel

    HenryCamel Active Member

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    Hello Everyone:

    I'd would like to share my rather unusual experience using HIIT. Back in early March 2009, I began a exercise program which include HIIT on the elliptical three times per week with upper body weight training twice per week. I was able to achieve rather exceptional results by losing a lot of fat and gaining some muscle. I continued with this program for several months. Unfortunately, I experienced an unusual side effect: I put on an extreme amount of mass in my legs and in the buttocks region. I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what can I do to reduce this unwanted size that I have gained? Thanks!
     
  2. Robert2006

    Robert2006 Active Member

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    I think most of us think unwanted leg mass is a strange concept.

    You did just upper body work and gained leg mass?
     
  3. zenpharaohs

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    Got any measurements to quantify this? What exactly is "extreme amount of mass in the legs and buttocks"? What is your waist-to-hip ratio.

    Note: most athletes who do a lot of HIIT type leg work will have noticeable hamstring, quad, and glute development. As Buck Martinez once put it: "you can't play baseball with a flat butt". Here is an example
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  4. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    I wish I had an extreme amount of leg mass
     
  5. Robert2006

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    Zen I think the healthy target is less then 1 for males. Could you gives a range that would be good/better ? In terms of leg development.
     
  6. zenpharaohs

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    Well if people who are seriously interested in leg development usually use detailed measurements of thigh circumference etc. Such as back in his competitive days, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a 37 inch waist and 28.5 inch thighs. Trust me, on a six footer, 28.5 inch thighs are massive.

    However in terms of waist to hip ratio, 1.0 is often quoted for a healthy target but nobody at 1.0 is going to look like they have extreme leg and glute mass. Some sources suggest 7/8 as a good proportion, but those are a bit old.
     
  7. The1andonly

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    I think you are have a great problem, do you ever ever workout on your legs? If so you may want to decrease doing that....also what type of running shoes are you wearing? I noticed that some of my sneakers give my calves a harder workout than others....
     
  8. Robert2006

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    Six inches bigger then me so I've no trouble believing he looked massive :lol:

    It's just when you mentioned hip/waist ratio I made the leap that some sort of standard or at least rule of thumb existed.
     
  9. akm3

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    I actually HAVE 28" thighs (and am 6' tall), but I wish it was the right kind of massive! (Muscle, instead of at)

    No one believes I actually weigh 250lbs but it's because I hold a lot of weight in my legs.

    Zen, you're going to give me a complex! I'm busting my ass though, I'm already down to 241.
     

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