Originally posted by gopro
For Prince and ironmag...
Unfortunately, for the genetically gifted, not training a bodypart does not always work. Sometimes the body needs to be "forced" to atrophy.
~~~ 'Forcing' the body to atrophy takes a long time. This does not happen over time. It would take months before a reduction in muscle would be seen.
I know this runs contradictory to everything that is "bodybuilding," but you cannot argue with a person's goals...especially in my profession!
~~~ No you can't, but at the same time applying a overly amount of stress to the largest area of the body will in fact fatigue the nervous system. Any work or stress that is placed on the other muscles in the form of progressive overload will only drive the person into a deeper state of fatigue.
Anyway, I have run into this exact problem before with several woman. My first instinct was to train everything but their legs...2 problems...a few of them had this problem without EVER training their legs...AND...not training them did not always work!
~~~ I to have run into this problem numerous times with my clients. Now, I'm not quite sure by what you mean, but if you are saying that these females legs grew by themselves without any form of resistance then I find that hard to believe. I really can't comprehend how not training a muscle will result in those muscles staying the same size? It flys in the face of a very practical scientific rule. "Use it or lose it."
In fact a whole training methodology about this came out many years ago called "Freestyle Training." I am actually certified in this training method, but found out its benefits well before this time.
~~~ Actually so am I. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I've found the certification to be a waste of my time.
I don't like to do it, but thats what I get paid for!
~~~ I only mean this in the nicest way but if money is what dictates your practice then I would say that your only compromising your credibility as a trainer. I do this for the love of the job. yes, i have to make a living but at the same time there is a code of conduct that trainers like ourselves should follow.