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    Without making my muscles look any bigger

    Do you think low weight, high reps are best for me?

    I am already muscular and am trying to lean out. And when I mean lean, I mean look less bulky, and look more slender.

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    I did heavy weights and low reps once and actually did look more buff. But Im trying to make my muscles calm down and grow longer rather than thicker. make sense?


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    Emma,
    it sounds like you naturally tend toward a mesomorphic body type. This means you are probably extremely strong and have a sturdy stocky frame. I don't want to discourage you but you can only "bend" nature so much. You do not want to lose muscle mass to the point of getting sick and unbalanced. But it’s virtually impossible to make the muscle look long and lean if your fundamental muscle and skeletal system is genetically set up for short but full muscles.

    I think you best bet is to try and get your body fat down to as low as a level as you can sustain that is healthy (probably no less that 15% for a female that wants to have normal biological functions). You can also lighten up on the weights and go high rep moderate weight to work more on flexibility and stamina and de-emphasize strength and mass.

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    I suppose you should try endurance type stuff, but you are probably just naturally muscular. I would do a lot of swimming, running, biking, jogging, jumping jacks, jump roping, bag punching, etc. Cardio type stuff... You get the idea...
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    Thanks OD and CP

    I figured I was a lost cause. just kidding. So do you think calisthenics and hard cardio would trigger the bulkiness? because if so, I think I should get into the groove of long moderate cardio. Like, rather than sprinting every 100 yards, or jump roping fast for 5 mins straight, I should just keep a steady pace of running, jogging or swimming for 1/2 hour?

    Actually, does it matter? Will I see much difference either way you think?

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    IMO you should stop weight training.

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    You think? But Im sticking to low weights, high reps and only weight lifting twice a week. The thing is I dont want to lose muscle all together because Im still battling some fat

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    Yeah, low weight and high reps doesn´t do anything, it just warm up the muscles.
    Swiming, running, tennis.. cardio
    Stay with a good diet and you will probably won´t loose that much muscle. If you feel that you are loosing very fast then you go back with the heavy weights. It is all about balance.

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    hmm.. thats definetely something to think about...

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    Is that you in the avatar ?

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    You could try to mantain the same heavy weight with the same low rep. That way your muscles in theory will be "maintained".

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    Originally posted by Vieope
    You could try to mantain the same heavy weight with the same low rep. That way your muscles in theory will be "maintained".
    huh?

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    Emma, I think he is jus saying to continue doing low rep high weight to keep everything maintained just the way it now is without losing any mass. Probably not what you are asking.

    I am curious too though. Is that YOU in the avatar surfer girl? If so I think you look very athletic and proportional and have nothing to worry about.

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    I don't think women can get really "big" with weight lifting. Lots of good info at www.stumptuous.com
    And the low weight/ high rep is a waste of time.

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    """""""Without making my muscles look any bigger""""""""

    Why do so many woman still say variations of this? I thought we'd put this fallacy to bed long ago. Unless your gearing up you dont have the hormonal cocktail to get "big" and unfeminin. All you'll be left with is beautiful,hard female muscle. Look at Corey Everson. I dont think she was ever a real person, instead she was some sculpture a greek artist has been making for 4,000 years.

    Go for the iron girl and never look back. It will make you beautiful and healthy...............take care...........Rich

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    Rich she is coming at it from a "different angle" so to speak. She wants to keep herself conditioned but wants to know if there is a way to reduce mass and lengthen the muscle. It's just a slight variation on the age old question of "muscle shaping" which most of us know you can not fundamentally change.

    BTW - I bow three tiems in the direction of Corey every day at sunup. I think that women is a knock out goddess and super human being...

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