Slimming your face with strength training?

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    Feb 16, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    I have a round, pudgy face, with no clear definitions (of bone structure), which tends to make me look like someone with baby-fat to shed. I was seriously overweight during most of my teen years; but have returned to normal weight five/six years ago, and have stayed so. I realize my face slimmed down a little as I lost weight, but the change was minuscule.

    I've been told that strength training would have a "chiseling" effect on your face due to the constant exertion of your jaw during such exercises; people have even said to me that their facial bones literally became more prominent because of their efforts in the gym.

    Been working out regularly for the last two years, but haven't seen much change. In fact, none at all. Although I do not expect to gain a chiseled face overnight, I do hope strength training would bring some jawbones and cheekbones into vision, as a small perk.

    Do you guys believe that you can "shape" your face by spending extra time in the gym?
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    Feb 17, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    Not an expert here but I think that what you are after has less to do with strength training than with getting your body fat level down. In other words, if you strength train but still have a high level of body fat, your face won't look as slim as if you seriously lowered your body fat level. Just as an example, look at those people on The Biggest Loser and the changes in their faces as they lose the excess fat.
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    Feb 17, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    nah dude once ur body fat % is below 8 and u still got a fat face...not much u can do except have some face surgery

    but if ur fat % is still in double digits or 20s....then u gotta get leaner and the fat will keep going down on the face
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    Feb 17, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    speaking only from my personal experience - weight loss and reducing overall body fat - my face, throat and neck thinned way down.
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    Feb 17, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    not that i was overweight in the first place but after working out i did noticed my face to be much more sharper, chiseled and more masculine i guess
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    Feb 17, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    try jogging....you loose fat from pretty much everywhere...well thats what happen to me when I had big cheeks...now their somewhat slim...jogging seems pretty obvious... :d
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    Feb 17, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    Chew more gum? Sugarless of course..
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    Feb 17, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    systemD4562 saidI have a round, pudgy face, with no clear definitions (of bone structure), which tends to make me look like someone with baby-fat to shed. I was seriously overweight during most of my teen years; but have returned to normal weight five/six years ago, and have stayed so. I realize my face slimmed down a little as I lost weight, but the change was minuscule.

    I've been told that strength training would have a "chiseling" effect on your face due to the constant exertion of your jaw during such exercises; people have even said to me that their facial bones literally became more prominent because of their efforts in the gym.

    Been working out regularly for the last two years, but haven't seen much change. In fact, none at all. Although I do not expect to gain a chiseled face overnight, I do hope strength training would bring some jawbones and cheekbones into vision, as a small perk.

    Do you guys believe that you can "shape" your face by spending extra time in the gym?


    Have someone break your jaw. Some douchebag was drunk and punched me in the face last summer, and like an idiot trying to be all manly I told him he punched like a bitch and gave him a free shot. My mouth was wired competely shut for 2 months, and even though I felt like I was constantly "eating" liquids, my face looked like cracked out Lohan by the end. It probably doesn't help that I have awesome chiseled features and high cheekbones to begin with though icon_wink.gif

    Edit: Caution: Side effects that I have are two metal plates permanently screwed to my jaw bone, occasional pain when opening my mouth, a small chin dimple I never had before, and the bottom left corner of my face is a bit larger than the other side, even if I'm the only person who notices it.
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    Feb 17, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    Get yourself some bubble gum.
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    Feb 17, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    JoeB1986 said

    Have someone break your jaw. Some douchebag was drunk and punched me in the face last summer, and like an idiot trying to be all manly I told him he punched like a bitch and gave him a free shot. My mouth was wired competely shut for 2 months, and even though I felt like I was constantly "eating" liquids, my face looked like cracked out Lohan by the end. It probably doesn't help that I have awesome chiseled features and high cheekbones to begin with though icon_wink.gif

    Side effects that I have are occasional pain when opening my mouth, a small chin dimple I never had before, and the bottom left corner of my face is a bit larger than the other side.




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  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 17, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    FRONT2BACK saidspeaking only from my personal experience - weight loss and reducing overall body fat - my face, throat and neck thinned way down.


    Same here, most people at the gym just by looking at my face know if I'm trimming down in body fat. Cardio seems to take a lot of fat off the face, try at least an hour of cardio a day for a few months and see what happens.
  • FriscoJansen

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    Feb 17, 2010 8:30 AM GMT
    I agree as well! Cardio will do it! hour a day on the treadmill for a month or two. you gotta eat the right foods of course. Slims you down everywhere.
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    Feb 17, 2010 9:57 AM GMT
    Make sure you're trying to build muscle as oppossed to "strength" training. I do strength training (huge weights, low reps, pretty poor form) for a month, then go on to do more reps with careful form using lower weights to build muscls for a while.

    The strengths training phase can lead to "blubber", the latter strips it away.

    Just stay the hell away from creatine. Moon face man!
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    Feb 17, 2010 6:12 PM GMT
    Bone structure is a big deal, but as your body fat lowers then there will also be less on your face.