Muscles too big

by (144) Updated September 09, 2013 at 5:32 PM Created September 03, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I'm a female and I do weight training once a week which simply consists of a few pull ups and some ab work. My arms would make a man whimper and cry they are so muscular...anyone had this problem on a paleo diet, they build muscle too easily? I know the solution is to stop doing weights, but I feel great when I do them :(

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905 · September 03, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Don't stop doing weights just drop the pull ups (although they are great) & go for lighter resistance for more reps, when lifting heavy we develop more fast twitch muscle fibers which are more bulky. Going lighter for longer develops more slow twitch fibers which are less bulky. Another thing you may want to do is try Yoga which i have never tried myself but i hear it's a very tough workout depending on which style you choose.

4247 · September 03, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Can you do weights for your lower body? Squats/deadlifts and accessory work? Then you could get the joy of lifting without building more muscle on your arms.

Although it's also very possible that you aren't nearly as "bulky" as you think you are.

741 · September 04, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I have a hard time believing your arms have gotten large from pullups. You're not even training the triceps, which is what gives the arm 2/3 of its size.

Plus, why are you only doing abs and pullups? That is a very incomplete program, unless you do a lot of other activities throughout the week.

This post was not made to offend you. I'm just skeptical.

1527 · September 05, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Don't stop lifting, but go for a more varied workout. You might try the New Rules of Lifting for Women (book) which has a good program and is geared specifically towards women who are new to lifting. Continue to lift heavy and you will get results fast, as well as the awesome endorphins every time you work out. As you increase your muscle mass, you will lean out as long as your diet is clean, and your muscles will appear more toned rather than bulky (as they can seem when you start to build muscle before you lose much fat). Good luck!

267 · September 05, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Maybe try distance running for exercise? Also, if you're building too much muscle for a woman then that means your hormones are out of whack. Would be great for a guy trying to build muscle, but for a woman trying to stay feminine you've got the wrong hormone balance. Look into how hormones work and that sort of thing.

334 · September 03, 2013 at 10:52 PM

That's a problem I would gladly have :)! You're just one of these myostatin mutants that everyone's looking for :) I guess you just have a genetic gift/curse ... however you take it. Weight training has a big anabolic effect, so yes, the only thing to do is to stop and maybe engage in more catabolic endurance training (like swimming, rowing ... if you want to train the upper body). Limiting protein might be an option as well, although nutritionally I am not sure that would be a good thing. The basic question you need to ask yourself is: would stopping weight training bother you more than having big arms.

414 · September 03, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I would be so proud of those arms! I have such a hard time putting arm mass on. Then again I don't care if I look like a monstrous she-hulk.

11251 · September 03, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Are you Bill Bailey?

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