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    Training Routine? Toning Legs/Diet Help

    I am looking into get into a stronger training routine to define my Thighs.
    I've been cycling for quiet a while and havn't seen any true results from it.
    Am I doing something wrong?
    What can I do?
    What type of diet should I take up? (Examples please)
    Do you have toned and defined thighs? Tell me what YOU did to obtain them. Please


    Thanks

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    You're looking for magic, and there isn't any--there's no magic diet to increase the definition of a specific part of your body. Work will build the muscles, and a combination of aerobic exercise and diet to reduce body fat will let the definition show. If you have two inches of subcutaneous fat (I'm not assuming you do, I'm just saying if), no amount of muscle will show through. Also, muscle size and bulk is partly determined by genetics. I lifted weights pretty heavily for years, but never could develop impressive pecs--I was strong, but not showy.
    Just keep riding, and reduce your body fat to a reasonable level if it isn't already. Some heavier resistance work (heavier than cycling, like squats or extensions on a weight machine) may help by increasing the size of the muscles, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog
    You're looking for magic, and there isn't any--there's no magic diet to increase the definition of a specific part of your body. Work will build the muscles, and a combination of aerobic exercise and diet to reduce body fat will let the definition show. If you have two inches of subcutaneous fat (I'm not assuming you do, I'm just saying if), no amount of muscle will show through. Also, muscle size and bulk is partly determined by genetics. I lifted weights pretty heavily for years, but never could develop impressive pecs--I was strong, but not showy.
    Just keep riding, and reduce your body fat to a reasonable level if it isn't already. Some heavier resistance work (heavier than cycling, like squats or extensions on a weight machine) may help by increasing the size of the muscles, too.
    Thank you for the help. I am just looking really to trim about a 1/2cm of fat on my stomach and bottom of my legs. The rest of my leg are very defined but not the lower thigh. Also, I have a little big of extra fat I can't seem to get rid of off my stomach. I have the abs built I know it from running and cycling (I can feel them defined) but the fat is covering it. I was just trying to find out "What I am doing wrong from not losing that fat in those spots."

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    Your diet is most likely holding you back.

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    it's important to consider genetics in this equation. also if you're female and has childbirth, you probably wont get the abdominal definition. try heavy leg extensions to make those lower leg muscles pop out, not too heavy but heavy enough you could only do 3x10 (you could increase weight and drop reps accordingly if you're feeling up to it...always a smart choice.
    diet is tough b/c everyone is different. watch those fats, and get steady and not overapundant carbs. with enough calories your body doesn't need protein bars and drinks (which add calories and fat to parts of your body). hope that helps.
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