"Filling Out"

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    Jan 15, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    Hello,

    Recently in the past year I've exercised approximately 2-4 times a week, and for the first time ever I started working on body weight bearing routines to increase muscle minimally for toning, e.g. Pilates. I've never really wanted to be big, or into gaining, or strength routines.

    So recently I've noticed an increase in weight from 145 (where I hovered for most of my life) up to 152 for the past week. I'm curious if this may be a result of denser mass I may have built up as I've began experimenting with the toning exercises, or if potentially my physiology is changing due to me now in my mid twenties- or of course maybe it's just fat.

    Unfortunately I've noticed a lot of muscle mass building in my upper legs and it's starting to scare me Its not something I want.

    My partner is telling me that I will become "more manly" during this time of my life- which I'm not so sure isn't to scare me, or is actually an accurate phenomenon that occurs commonly with other men.

    Thanks for any info!

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    Jan 16, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    FlyinBrian said
    Unfortunately I've noticed a lot of muscle mass building in my upper legs and it's starting to scare me Its not something I want.


    Unfortunately? Scaring you? Seriously?

    Muscle mass keeps your body healthy. As you get older your body is going to need muscle mass to stay healthy.

    You are never going to get "huge" or "big" accidentally. This is probably a combination of your body changing as you mature as well as your new exercises.

    Just because you are getting more muscle mass doesn't necessarily mean that you are getting big, but rather that you body was BELOW the natural level that it wanted to be before and now that you're using those muscles your body is filling out into it's natural form.
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    Jan 17, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    You can't stay a pretty young twink forever. Odds are you'll turn into either a bear or a muscle queen. All three choices have their fans and detractors. It's your call!
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    Jan 17, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    FlyinBrian saidHello,

    Recently in the past year I've exercised approximately 2-4 times a week, and for the first time ever I started working on body weight bearing routines to increase muscle minimally for toning, e.g. Pilates. I've never really wanted to be big, or into gaining, or strength routines.

    So recently I've noticed an increase in weight from 145 (where I hovered for most of my life) up to 152 for the past week. I'm curious if this may be a result of denser mass I may have built up as I've began experimenting with the toning exercises, or if potentially my physiology is changing due to me now in my mid twenties- or of course maybe it's just fat.

    Unfortunately I've noticed a lot of muscle mass building in my upper legs and it's starting to scare me Its not something I want.

    My partner is telling me that I will become "more manly" during this time of my life- which I'm not so sure isn't to scare me, or is actually an accurate phenomenon that occurs commonly with other men.

    Thanks for any info!



    Most real jocks are about power, skill, and strength for sport. It's implicit in the name.

    Your body is doing what it is naturally designed to do...be a man. You can fight it, but, it's o.k. to be a guy. You're underweight. You're body is getting some occasional stimulus and it's adapting to it in the way that it should and will.

    Lean body mass burns calories at rest, raising your metabolic rate. Weight bearing exercise strengthens your bones (critical as you grow older).

    Presence of testosterone (what makes you a guy), calories, and stimulus, will make you look like more of a guy. That's the facts of life. Your body has a natural set point that it's wanting to take you to. That's your "normal", even if you are trying to fight it.

    It's o.k. to let yourself become a man.
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    Jan 17, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    isrred said
    FlyinBrian said
    Unfortunately I've noticed a lot of muscle mass building in my upper legs and it's starting to scare me Its not something I want.


    Unfortunately? Scaring you? Seriously?

    Muscle mass keeps your body healthy. As you get older your body is going to need muscle mass to stay healthy.

    You are never going to get "huge" or "big" accidentally. This is probably a combination of your body changing as you mature as well as your new exercises.

    Just because you are getting more muscle mass doesn't necessarily mean that you are getting big, but rather that you body was BELOW the natural level that it wanted to be before and now that you're using those muscles your body is filling out into it's natural form.


    Yep
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    Jan 18, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYou can't stay a pretty young twink forever. Odds are you'll turn into either a bear or a muscle queen. All three choices have their fan base. It's your call!


    Your body will be naturally slim, bulky, etc. You are what your genes tell you. But you have to take that and do something wonderful with it. Don't fight it.

    Oh, and give us some pix. We'll help you decide. icon_wink.gif