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Old 01-18-22, 04:59 AM
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Are you sure that you need to lose that muscle mass? Honestly, I don't think that reducing muscle mass is the best solution in this case. I mean, you can just lose all the fat that you still have, and that would bring a much better result. Besides all that, losing muscle mass won't be that easy. I think you have to eat less and ride more.
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Old 01-18-22, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post
Edit : this wasn't in the context of getting better at cycling. It was to do with being lighter overall for rock climbing, calisthenics, trail running etc.

Original post : So I've got an unusual problem... I'd like to get lighter. Well, that part is normal. For climbing, saddle pressure, hand pressure, etc being leaner and lighter generally helps.

I'm muscular upper and lower body. 26 y/o, 72kg, 12-13% BF at 171cm. And I have some thicc hams for legs (aka Quadzilla..) . And yes, I'm working on shedding fat and still getting leaner

My question is, what kind of training would you encourage, that would promote leg endurance for long audax style rides without encouraging muscle growth? Long, steady state aerobic riding?

I don't want my legs getting any bigger 😂
As mentioned, don't train for strength, train for endurance. Big weights=big muscles, subject to the person's physiology.
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Old 01-18-22, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
No one has suggested flesh-eating bacteria?
I found that the inactivity caused by dislocating my left kneecap has done wonders for making my leg smaller.

I don't recommend that.
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Old 01-18-22, 10:51 AM
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I agree with a lot of other people in this thread that attempting to lose muscle mass is not a good idea. However—especially since you like distance riding—here's something that did cause me to lose muscle mass: I rode the Southern Tier and didn't eat nearly enough for weeks on end. After a certain point, the human body resorts to autophagy. My body was wasted at the end—arms, legs, torso. I had trouble lifting my bike over my head at the end for the ceremonial ocean photo.

I didn't weigh in at the start or finish, but I would guesstimate that my weight went from 160-165 lb at the start to 135 lb at the end. I don't recommend this.
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Old 01-18-22, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Gym123456 View Post
As mentioned, don't train for strength, train for endurance. Big weights=big muscles, subject to the person's physiology.
This isn't really true. Big weights + Big eating = big muscles is more accurate. Training for strength is generally considered a good idea for endurance athletes. You'll build plenty of endurance riding your bike.
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