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sweetpea_123
05-20-2006, 02:10 PM
Okay, this may be a stupid question, but I'm asking it anyway.

I have been riding my bike lots. I have noticed my thighs are about 1/2 inch smaller. I weigh about the same, maybe a tiny bit less. Have I lost muscle? I still can lift same amounts, don't feel less strong. . . I don't think my thighs were fat enough to lose that much fat, but maybe. . . . . any ideas?

racerunner
05-20-2006, 04:02 PM
In CA I don't usually see muscular bikers....they are wiry...so I guess depending on how much you ride, yes.

Erik
05-20-2006, 04:06 PM
I've been doing more stationary cycling than I usually do when dieting, and my legs are definitely smaller. Could be coincidence though.

strongchick
05-20-2006, 04:50 PM
More reason not to do much while bulking, huh?

sweetpea_123
05-20-2006, 04:57 PM
I suppose if I'm getting smaller, so be it. I just wish I had the weight loss to go along with it. . that's what's really irritating me, heh! :censor:

jaleena
05-20-2006, 05:42 PM
Um...no. If you were losing lots of weight along with that 1/2", that'd be a good sign that you were losing muscle. Same weight and slightly smaller is a good thing :)

CraveMuscle
05-20-2006, 06:31 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 20 2006, 11:06 AM
I've been doing more stationary cycling than I usually do when dieting, and my legs are definitely smaller. Could be coincidence though.
would the smaller legs be from more ss cardio in general, or specifically from stationary bike vs. another type of ss cardio?

Blondell
05-20-2006, 06:52 PM
:huh: I need to start using the bike!

Blondell
05-20-2006, 07:27 PM
What does your diet look like?

jaleena
05-20-2006, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by bdd814@May 20 2006, 07:27 PM
I need to start using the bike!
I have no experience with bikes that don't go anywhere, but I've got more than my share of experience with bikes that do...and they never made my legs smaller. The fixie actually made them bigger.

rainking
05-21-2006, 06:05 AM
From everything I've learned, I would guess that it would eat muscle....

Yet, my best friend is an avid adventure racer, and never lifts. Her thighs are gigantic (with muscle). She biked across Canada, and her legs were monsters at the end - so what would that mean??

poke
05-21-2006, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by rainking@May 21 2006, 03:05 PM
Yet, my best friend is an avid adventure racer, and never lifts. Her thighs are gigantic (with muscle). She biked across Canada, and her legs were monsters at the end - so what would that mean??
She mashes too much. She needs to learn to spin! :lol:

MichelleS
05-22-2006, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by racerunner@May 20 2006, 12:02 PM
In CA I don't usually see muscular bikers....they are wiry...so I guess depending on how much you ride, yes.
my uncle was a bker and he had HUGE thighs and he rode over 20 miles a day

Erik
05-22-2006, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by mmspencer24@May 22 2006, 04:45 PM
my uncle was a bker and he had HUGE thighs and he rode over 20 miles a day
And?

MichelleS
05-22-2006, 08:48 PM
the more resisatnce you use on a stationary bike makes it more like riding outside and up and down hills you would still mantain your muscle. I know that every time I get off the bike my thighs are killing me fromthe work.

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 08:50 PM
Metabolic fatigue doesn't mean in and of itself that you were exposed to a stimulus that will cause/maintain growth.

sweetpea_123
05-23-2006, 02:49 PM
Originally posted by jaleena@May 20 2006, 06:36 PM
I have no experience with bikes that don't go anywhere, but I've got more than my share of experience with bikes that do...and they never made my legs smaller. The fixie actually made them bigger.
I am riding a bike that "goes" LOL. . . originally, I did gain inches in my thighs, and I was glad, cause I had chicken legs, and have an apple shaped body. I was alarmed that I seemed to be losing, hence, my post! :)

On a happy note, finished my second time trial of the season, and did okay. . . I came in fifth. . .was hoping for at least third. Forth, fifth, and sixth place were seperated by seconds, and I placed over sixth by only 2 hundredths of a second, acchh. First time trial I placed forth. Next TT on June 11.

Still, considering this is my first year TTing, and only my second year on a road bike (after losing about 150 pounds) I am freaking kick-ass!!!!! yay me!
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