My legs are sopping all the gains!

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    Nov 01, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    Maybe it's my genes or my training program (I work every muscle group once to twice a week), but I'm not making progress in my upper body as much as my legs. I wonder if it's possible to gain too much in one part of the body at the expense of another?
    I.e. you have to eat more to support muscle that's gained, and if you've had gains in the legs already, the same amount of food won't allow chest growth since it's going to the legs.
  • patmos9990

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    Nov 01, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    I want your leg routine. I have the opposite problem than you and want to put on leg size.
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    Nov 01, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    ya, i kina have this same problem, puttin on upper body size is a bitch, but my legs get huge w/ very little work, but everyone says u gotta work em, n they do release a lot of test...
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    Nov 01, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    I feel ya, I'm kind of in the same boat - my dad has naturally athletic/muscular and larger legs and I ended up with them as well, so even if I barely train my legs they seem to blow up, but I've been busting my ass to build up my upper body to be proportionate and it seems like it's taking forever.
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    OK 7Famark you have awesome legs!!

    I too have a bit of the same problem but the upside is we are able to develop a really nice looking v shape to our bodies. With the larger legs and glutes and a smaller waist, when we are able to develop our chest, shoulders, and back, the overall effect to rather nice. Or at least I've been told.

    We should be happy with what we have because it could be worse or even more difficult with a different body typeicon_smile.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    I've got the same thing going on. My legs grow fast. I mostly just use squats and dead lifts. I think they're great because they help allot with upper body as well. I don't use other exercises that work the legs exclusively as much.
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    And yet, you have no pics of these legs in your profile...

    But relax. Guys look much more balanced with big legs, and they help keep your waist trim.

    Some of us top-heavy guys would kill for good legs. I lift a kleenex and my chest pumps up, but I do squats until my knees break off and still have chicken legs icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    I have the same issue. My legs make gains much faster than my upper body. I didn't think that would happen when I first started out. I thought my legs wouldn't make very good gains because I run so much and they never get a rest. I've seen a lot of guys at the gym who have very strong upper bodies, but very weak looking legs. I guess it's mostly genetics.
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    Nov 02, 2011 5:44 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidMaybe it's my genes or my training program (I work every muscle group once to twice a week), but I'm not making progress in my upper body as much as my legs. I wonder if it's possible to gain too much in one part of the body at the expense of another?
    I.e. you have to eat more to support muscle that's gained, and if you've had gains in the legs already, the same amount of food won't allow chest growth since it's going to the legs.

    Not enough protein?

    For gays, there's a law written somewhere I have to have upper body development. So, I hired a trainer.

    After a couple of months, shoulder presses and all those exercises haven't kicked my ass as much. Dare I say I'm enjoying them more?

    But, tonight, didn't follow the proper sequence and reached exhaustion on the flat bench press too quickly. Had to put the bar back on the ...lower... pegs with 2 plates.

    Had a hard time wiggling my fat head out between the cushion and the bar on that one....
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 02, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    Freddy Mercury of Queen sang "Fat Bottom Girls" Who doesn't like em with a little meat on their butt????
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    Nov 02, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAnd yet, you have no pics of these legs in your profile...


    You'll just have to trust my tape measurements...
    As of 10/18/11:
    Wrist 6.2 inches
    Ideal measurements:
    Chest Size: 40.3
    Forearm Size: 11.7
    Waist Size: 28.2
    Thigh Size: 21.4
    Hip Size: 34.3
    Calf Size: 13.7
    Biceps Size: 14.5
    Neck Size: 14.9

    Actual:
    Chest Size: 38
    Forearm Size: 10.5
    Waist Size: 30
    Thigh Size: 21
    Hip Size: 35
    Calf Size: 14.5
    Biceps Size: 13
    Neck Size: 15
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    Nov 02, 2011 11:18 AM GMT
    I am having the same problem.