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Biking Hills=Big thighs?? (Read 3350 times)

    For those of you who bike a lot, does biking a path with lots of hills make your thighs bigger? What about running hills? I'm just getting into biking more often and I want my thighs slimmer, not like tree trunks.  I've heard conflicting opinions from my friends that run and bike. I like in an area with hills, hills, and more hills and I run and bike a fair amount. Thanks for the input!

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      Big compared to what?  Elite distance runners?  Probably.  NFL running backs?  No.


      Look at elite cyclists...more meat on their thighs than elite runners for sure, but still skinny little stick dudes and chicks in comparison to your average 40 lb overweight person from your office.

      Runners run.


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        From your profile photo and stats you appear to have a pretty ectomorphic build.  I'm not sure you could build "tree trunk" quads without illegal "supplements."  Me, on the other hand...I'm a solid mesomorph.  Most male and female bodybuilders are mesomorphs...we put on visible muscle tone easily.  That said, most women--even mesomorphs--are not likely to build truly bulky quads.  We just don't have the testosterone to do so.


        I'd go for those hills, both on the bike and on-foot.  They will make you a stronger/faster athlete in both disciplines.

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          yes.  you will probably get more muscle. 

           

          if you are a woman with relatively lean muscle mass on your legs you'll probably notice very little difference.  Eric Heiden and Lance Armstrong have/had very different body types. 

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          The King of Beasts

            Big Hills = Big Money

             

            Hills will make you stronger, run them and bike them. 

            My guess is that you will not get bigger.

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              You are tiny so I will echo what zoom-zoom said but also.  You may notice a change in your thighs.  My friend who was about your size started running and rock climbing and at first got distress because she thought her thighs were getting bigger.  But eventually she realized they were getting a different shape as well.   They might have been a tiny bit larger in the bulk of the quadricep, but they were smaller at the top and more toned all around.  Athletic legs are sexy legs.

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                You are tiny so I will echo what zoom-zoom said but also.  You may notice a change in your thighs.  My friend who was about your size started running and rock climbing and at first got distress because she thought her thighs were getting bigger.  But eventually she realized they were getting a different shape as well.   They might have been a tiny bit larger in the bulk of the quadricep, but they were smaller at the top and more toned all around.  Athletic legs are sexy legs.

                My thighs are kinda chubby, so when I started running I noticed that my legs got a bit bigger at first (new muscle + existing chub) but they got smaller soon after cause I lost some of the fat. Echoing what the others said - you are small enough I doubt that will be an issue for you...but I bet you will notice some (likeable) changes from the add'l biking.

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                  From what I've seen, the best climbers tend to have the most slight builds. It's the sprinters who who are often built like tree trunks.


                  Be sure not to grind up the hills and exhaust your legs. You'll go farther and faster in the long run over any terrain by using the right gears, keeping your cadence up, and letting your aerobic system share the load in creating power.

                    From what I've seen, the best climbers tend to have the most slight builds. It's the sprinters who who are often built like tree trunks.


                    Be sure not to grind up the hills and exhaust your legs. You'll go farther and faster in the long run over any terrain by using the right gears, keeping your cadence up, and letting your aerobic system share the load in creating power.

                     

                    +1 on all of this.

                     

                    You can only build as much muscle as your body is naturally inclined.  I haven't looked at your profile but I'll trust the chorus of people who state that you seem tiny and ectomorphic. 

                     

                    I was a cyclist for a number of years before resuming running, and many of the individuals who excelled at flying up hills lamented their inability to put on the kind of "power" muscle that would enable them to time trial better and to develop the sort of "Lance Armstrong" body type you might be thinking of.  Climbing specialists are almost always highly ectomorphic. 

                     

                    Furthermore, for long inclines, you're better off spinning a low gear at around 100-120 rpm (as the above stated), which requires a lot of control and is aerobically challenging.  For short inclines you may be more comfortable climbing out of the saddle in a larger gear to get it over with.  Others advocate mixing up your climbing styles to activate other muscle groups and therefore keep your legs from tiring.

                     

                    Over all if you're concerned with bulking up or whatever, cycling is not the sport that is going to make you beefier (unless you're overeating to compensate for calories burned, as is the case with all exercise).  Good luck!

                     


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                      For those of you who bike a lot, does biking a path with lots of hills make your thighs bigger? What about running hills? I'm just getting into biking more often and I want my thighs slimmer, not like tree trunks.  I've heard conflicting opinions from my friends that run and bike. I like in an area with hills, hills, and more hills and I run and bike a fair amount. Thanks for the input!

                       Maybe I should try if it does!  More muscles to protect my wimpy hip.  That's what I need!


                      jules2

                          Athletic legs are sexy legs.

                         

                        I must be the exception that proves the rule.

                         

                        kunland, I doubt your thighs will get bigger, if you want to be a good at hills on a bike you must weigh less than 2 pounds for each inch in height.

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                        I look my best blurry!

                           

                          I must be the exception that proves the rule.

                           

                          kunland, I doubt your thighs will get bigger, if you want to be a good at hills on a bike you must weigh less than 2 pounds for each inch in height.

                           That's it!  I'm going for it!  I can do it! (my next plan to overdo and injure myself revealed)

                            Big Hills = Big Money

                             

                            Hills will make you stronger, run them and bike them. 

                            My guess is that you will not get bigger.

                             

                            This man has practiced what he's preaching and has an eye-popping new half marathon PR to show for it.  I'd listen to him.

                            Runners run.


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                              Your thighs (or as I like to call them, your V-Twin) will not get bulkier, they will get awesomer. Cyclists have staggeringly awesome legs. I speak from the experience of riding with many of them.


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                                Thanks for all the replies! I know little to nothing about biking (I just hop on and go) but I'm biking more b/c I can't seem to not injure myself by running only. I just want to make sure I can still fit in my skinny jeans in another 6 months..

                                I don't half-ass anything

                                 

                                "I have several close friends who have run marathons, a word that is actually derived from two Swahili words: mara, which means 'to die a horrible death' and thon, which means 'for a stupid T-shirt.' Look it up." - Celia Rivenbark, You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning

                                 

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