factor that influences whether an exercise
builds muscle or not is rep range, while
losing fat depends heavily on nutrition.
If you want
to get stronger without gaining much muscle,
use a range of between 1 to 3 reps where
you reach muscular failure in that range.
if you use a rep range of 15 or more reps
per set, you will build muscular endurance
and very little muscle mass.
combine both of these rep ranges into
a workout while avoiding everything in
the middle (between 4 - 15 reps).
such as squats, lunges, leg curls, stiff-legged
deadlifts, leg extensions, and calf raises
are all excellent for toning your legs.
on how to best do some of these exercises
training such as running is very good
for keeping the thighs from gaining much
muscle while still losing fat. Not too
many runners have big legs but most have
very lean legs. The same is true of cycling
or the stair machine.
As far as
your protein intake, e.g. eggs, lean meat,
chicken, fish, etc. This help to support
2. Cut back
on junk food. This will make a huge difference
quickly. You don't have to totally eliminate
it, just decrease it greatly.
eat anything before a workout. If you
do, your body will burn what you just
ate rather than fat.
4. Eat directly
after a workout. Stick to protein and
5. Try not
to eat late at night. Your body won't
have a chance to use those calories and
will store them as fat.
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