Progress Pics v.Leg - They get stronger but not bigger

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  1. Shady VW

    Shady VW New Member

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    Today I had a good day in the gym. I put up 280 pounds on the squat today with relative ease after a full set and doing legs on Tuesday, so I'm thinking 3 plates within a month or so isn't out of the realm of possibility.

    My squat form is always spot on, paralell, head moves first, sit back on the heels, etc. My legs have gotten much, much stronger but don't seem to gain anything in size. The mini teardrop (and I mean mini) is nicely defined but you can't see it in the lighting of the pic. My calves seem to have gotten slighty bigger but nothing to write home about.

    Is this normal? To gain strength but not size? I'd like bigger legs - my quads look pretty nicely toned in person but haven't gained any considerable size, they just look better than they did when I started :hs:

    I'm 5'9 and 165 currently. My upper body looks much better than my lower does currently, but I hit legs twice a week pretty hard.

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    your calves look bigger then your thighs :hs:
     
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    eat more
     
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    :hs: I know. But my thighs are relatively strong. Like I said probably right around a 300 squat currently at 165. I think that's pretty decent for only working out about 4 months :dunno:
     
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    4000 calories a day, I've put on 18 pounds since September. It seems like all the size goes to my upper body - thankfully most of it is not fat.
     
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    What are your leg workouts looking like?
     
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    5x5 Squat
    Leg Press
    Weighted Lunges
    Standing Calf Raises
    Sitting Calf Raises
    Leg Extensions
    Hamstring Curls

    :dunno: Like I said, I've noticed big gains in strength so I feel like my routine has been working. Just not many gains in size, just tone :hs:

    Also, I hit my legs pretty hard twice a week. I also live downtown so I'm walking probably a mile or two a day on average.
     
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    overworking?
     
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    I seriously doubt it since I usually keep it right at no more than 6 exercises for my entire lower body and I've made considerable strength gains.

    I've heard of this happening to people as well, I mean I don't want huge thighs that rub together or something but I'd like to put on a little size in addition to a lot of strength.

    But if I'm making good strength gains I guess I can't complain too much.
     
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    404 tone not found
     
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    It's excessively difficult to see with that lighting and the fact that my thighs are really white, but if you look carefully you can see it, especially on the inside.
     
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    You should be doing something for your hamstrings besides just curls
     
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    I get about my weight in grams of protein per day and don't bulk excessively dirty at all.
     
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    I think you guys are missing the fact that my legs have been getting STRONGER, but just have not gained considerably in size. I mean they feel good and strong.

    I don't consider my legs to be really weak or anything at all.
     
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    :hs:

    How come my upper body is gaining considerable size though?

    Should I toss in another protein shake in the morning or something?
     
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    maybe a higher rep routine. instead of 5x5 squats maybe try 3x12
     
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    :hsugh:

    Low rep/high weight is what builds muscle.
     
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    and wurr did you hear this from?
     
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    I thought that was universal knowledge. Low reps and high weight is what builds muscle while high reps and lower weight builds endurance/quickness.

    That's what I've always read on here, that when starting out initially to stick with high weight and low reps.
     
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    I've found that higher reps for squats have put some mass on my legs. Try some 20 rep sets, those are fun
     
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    People's bodies respond differently to different methods of training. I built up a nice base using linear periodization which starts you off at a 3x10 set/rep scheme. Plus many bodybuilders advocate higher reps with lower weight to promote muscle exhaustion. Lower rep schemes are more tailored to strength.
     
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    Shady VW New Member

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    I thought muscle failure just increased recovery time but has shown no actual benefits. Can anyone verify? I've always stayed 1-2 reps shy of failure.
     
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    Nope, high, medium or low rep ranges (with their respective weights) will cause hypertrophy but just in different muscle fiber types. Low rep builds type IIb and hypertrophy best, medium rep ranges build type IIa and get decent hypertrophy and high rep ranges build type I which don't hypertrophy very well compared to the other two. Type IIb are powerful but fatigue fast due to their fuel being used quickly. Type I and IIa are less succeptible to fatigue due to different fuel sources which is why they are said to 'build endurance'.

    Basically all types of training will cause hypertrophy, but high weight/low rep will cause the most and build strength.
     
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    Nope, like I said, paralell. My squats are always on - paralell, sitting back on my heels, head moves first.
     
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