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how do i stop my quads from getting too bulky?

I have recently noticed that my quads are very defined and almost at the point where they are starting to get too muscular. My goal is to lose weight, but I don't want to be bulky. I do the weight machines 2-3 times a week, 2 sets of 15 reps on all of the machines, I have been moving the weights up every 3-4 weeks as it gets easy. For cardio I walk at 4 miles an hour and/or do elliptical with a resistance of 10 ( I do intervals), sometimes I do the stairstepper too- and I do cardio probably 6 days a week for 45 minutes.

would changing my routine with my legs help at all?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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That set and rep scheme of 2 X 15 shouldn't promote too much growth in your legs. Are they actually increasing in circumference or do you simply feel that they look too muscular. I would encourage you to take measurments of your thighs and re-evaluate a few weeks later to know for sure.

If your quads are getting bigger, maybe do fewer exercises for your legs and focus on bodyweight or free weight exercises instead of machines. Get up and do some lunges, squats and deadlifts instead.

6 years ago

Yeah, keep the weights a constant and dont focus too much on getting stronger there. Bodyweight exercises like squats and lunges that have many different variations are also a great option, you may also consider adding some beginner plyometric exercises to spice up your workouts too.

6 years ago

Ok, thanks, I did feel that they looked too muscular, but I just got out my tape measure and they are indeed half an inch bigger than they were 2 months ago.

I will look up, and try the things you suggested.

sarahk11 32k
6 years ago

If they are getting too big, i would look at just doing weights to tone that area instead of increasing the weight everytime. Ken also had a good idea about just doing body weight exercises, especially if you are doing a lot of leg exercises everyday.

Courtney Murzyn 28k
6 years ago

Yeah Ken has some great advise here, but that could also be because I don’t necessary believe in the effectiveness of machines outside of supplemental work or in the case of burn-work –just my personal preference & opinion .

I have some folks doing this right now with respect to toning & block training (cardio & resistance training spliced). 3 leg exercises; 15-20 forward, stationary lunges with either body weight or 2.5 or 5 lbs dumbbells, move right to 15-20 deep squats with the same dumbbells either on a flat surface or my favorite is on a BOSU ball & then wrap up the set with 20 isolated calf raisers with bodyweight only (yes I know you’re working the calves with the lunges & the squats, but I find that calves are tough to really maximize).

Finish your set, hop on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes, repeat (3) times consecutively with the only change is with the lunges & switching up between forward lunges, backward lunges & a mix of both.


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6 years ago

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3 months ago

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sarahk11 member since Mar '11


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6/11/2011 at 6:32 PM