Working out my lower body a waste of time?

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Jamesy
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04 Jul 2022, 4:48 pm

I have naturally very thick legs like tree trunks.

Is it a waste of time working out my legs/lower body if it is already so big?



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04 Jul 2022, 4:56 pm

When you're at the gym you could use the time spent working on your legs to rest your arms? Thats what I do. Then try another set with your arms.
I guess it's not something worth making a priority :D



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04 Jul 2022, 5:01 pm

klanka wrote:
When you're at the gym you could use the time spent working on your legs to rest your arms? Thats what I do. Then try another set with your arms.
I guess it's not something worth making a priority :D



I heard working out your lower body works your upper body as well.



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04 Jul 2022, 5:15 pm

I've never heard that theory, maybe doing the leg exercises helps your abs? Thats the only thing I can imagine.



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04 Jul 2022, 5:17 pm

klanka wrote:
I've never heard that theory, maybe doing the leg exercises helps your abs? Thats the only thing I can imagine.



Some people say though if I workout my legs they will get to big which I guess is not a good look?



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04 Jul 2022, 5:25 pm

I've heard many women say they dont like the 'body builder' look which i think is the steroid look. I'm not sure how big is too big without steroids to be honest.



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04 Jul 2022, 5:27 pm

klanka wrote:
I've heard many women say they dont like the 'body builder' look which i think is the steroid look. I'm not sure how big is too big without steroids to be honest.



I am 5’7 3/4 and weigh 160 so I have not a body builder physique more like fit and athletic.



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04 Jul 2022, 5:32 pm

No, it's not a waste of time for mobility reasons. I wouldn't stop lower body workouts.

Bodyweight exercises for the lower body would be a great alternative to avoid bulking. Lifting lighter weights for lower body workouts is an option too.


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05 Jul 2022, 5:17 am

As someone who is currently going through lower limb physiotherapy I would absolutely agree with where_am_i. Lower limb/body training is essential for mobility.


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06 Jul 2022, 9:22 pm

There's significant evidence that moderate strength training of the entire body will lead to better health status and less muscular atrophy as you age. There's no need to go to extremes bodybuilder style, just use the muscles because that's what they're there for. The old adage rings true, use it or lose it.



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10 Jul 2022, 5:04 am

In my opinion, exercising your lower body in the gym is just as important as exercising with your hands, so regardless of your current form, you can always reach something higher!



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26 Jul 2022, 11:07 pm

IMO it's definitely worth it to work/keep working your lower body, especially if you look at things from a fitness (vs. aesthetics) angle. While you should train your quads, hams, glutes, calves, etc., you could also tend to muscles that often get overlooked or taken for granted until there's a problem, like shins, ankles, and even your feet. It's also never a bad idea to develop flexibility, mobility, range of motion, and balance. You don't even have to go to the gym or "suit up" for any of those--you can do them while watching tv or brushing your teeth. A lot of the exercises are simple and efficient--for example, standing on one leg can work several muscle groups, from the sole of your feet all the way up to your core, all at one time while also engaging your brain.

I know some of this might come across as senior-center stuff, but elite athletes do it, too. Have fun with it!



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03 Aug 2022, 7:13 am

Ok, thank you guys!



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03 Aug 2022, 7:19 am

Is that all you wanted to leave here?



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03 Aug 2022, 7:27 am

Hi there. I think you just should focus on working on your upper body. This will make your body look balanced, so you won’t feel your legs are too big. My friend had the same problem, so I advised him to take these nootropic supplements https://paradigmpeptides.com/product-category/nootropics/ to make his training sessions more effective. Now he has a huge back and arms, so his legs look natural. Anyway, now you must focus on working out your upper body. It’s the only way to see the result you want. Keep us updated.



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03 Aug 2022, 9:16 am

^ Sorry, but that is terrible advice. Do not neglect lower body workouts.


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