Does jogging results in leg muscle loss?

  • PIccadilly

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    Jul 14, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    Or asked differently, does jogging impede muscle building progress in the legs from regular weight training?

    Since I've started jogging again, my leg training has become more "painful", even though I do the same exercises, weight, number of series and reps as before. Something's up.
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    Jul 14, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    Yes.
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    Jul 14, 2014 7:42 PM GMT
    Yes, no, maybe. What sort of jogging are you doing? Specifically, what's your distance and pace?
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 14, 2014 8:48 PM GMT
    Jogging won`t build leg muscle as efficiently as a weight training programme will. It depends on many factors such as intensity, times, even diet(protein, enough general calories), etc.

    You`ve increased the amount of excercise your legs are doing, so no wonder they`re sore! The answer is rest, the other side of getting fit.
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    Jul 14, 2014 8:55 PM GMT
    Depends on the length & intensity of each jog. But yeah, it will eventually if you don't combine it with legs training.
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    Jul 14, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidThe answer is rest, the other side of getting fit.

    +1
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    Jul 14, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    Yet many joggers, even those with birdlike torsos, have the nicest legs and the best calves.
  • PIccadilly

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    Jul 15, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
    I run between 5 and 10 km (depending on my mood), 3-4 times a week.

    I run for the cardio, not to gain muscle mass in my legs. But I don't want the jogging to make me lose the muscle mass I'm gaining in my legs from my weight training.
  • PIccadilly

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    Jul 15, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYet many joggers, even those with birdlike torsos, have the nicest legs and the best calves.


    From reading other blogs on the web, my understanding is that distance runners tend to have skinny legs while sprint runners tend to have muscular legs. Although the muscular legs of sprinters is from the weight training, not the running.

    Being in the middle of those two extremes, I'm a bit puzzled about the approach I should take.
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    Jul 15, 2014 12:51 AM GMT
    Sprinters have large legs because that type of running stimulates muscle hypertrophy differently than marathon running. If you're only running 5K - 10K, then I don't think you have much to worry about. Just increase your calorie intake if you think you're losing muscle mass.
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    Jul 22, 2014 1:10 PM GMT
    I think running stretches out the leg muscles more. Weight lifting does the opposite.That's what my football coach always said so I used to try to balance them out.
  • jjguy05

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    Jul 25, 2014 5:35 AM GMT
    Piccadilly saidOr asked differently, does jogging impede muscle building progress in the legs from regular weight training?

    Since I've started jogging again, my leg training has become more "painful", even though I do the same exercises, weight, number of series and reps as before. Something's up.


    Jogging is catabolic...that is it burns muscle. And it will burn muscle all over your body, not just the legs.

    xrichx saidSprinters have large legs because that type of running stimulates muscle hypertrophy differently than marathon running. If you're only running 5K - 10K, then I don't think you have much to worry about. Just increase your calorie intake if you think you're losing muscle mass.


    Exactly. Sprinting is fine, and even beneficial to gaining muscle.

    Look at the difference between Olympic sprinters (beefy builds) and marathon runners (skin and bone).

    So, if you like running (don't understand why so many people claim to love it...for me, it's torture)...but if you love it, then just do some short sprints.

    Ditch the jogging. Leave it to the hipsters.
  • buddycat

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    Jul 27, 2014 7:04 PM GMT
    Piccadilly saidI run between 5 and 10 km (depending on my mood), 3-4 times a week.

    I run for the cardio, not to gain muscle mass in my legs. But I don't want the jogging to make me lose the muscle mass I'm gaining in my legs from my weight training.


    I agree, I like to jog/run. Even when my legs are sore I don't like to skip even a day. I don't work my legs and my lower body improved much quicker than my upper.
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    Jul 28, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    jjguy05 saidSo, if you like running (don't understand why so many people claim to love it...for me, it's torture)...

    Many people run too fast and wonder why running isn't enjoyable. Once you learn to run at a proper pace then it's a joy.
  • topathlete

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    Aug 02, 2014 11:03 AM GMT
    Piccadilly said
    eagermuscle saidYet many joggers, even those with birdlike torsos, have the nicest legs and the best calves.


    From reading other blogs on the web, my understanding is that distance runners tend to have skinny legs while sprint runners tend to have muscular legs. Although the muscular legs of sprinters is from the weight training, not the running.

    Being in the middle of those two extremes, I'm a bit puzzled about the approach I should take.

    Short high intensity cardio is generally the best to prevent muscle loss. It also promotes fat loss combined with an appropriate diet. Two options are

    -Max intensity for a few (5) minutes
    -High intensity intervals 15 seconds all out followed by 45 seconds easy repeated 10 times.

    Appropriate warm up first.