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Muscles too big (continued) with pic

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 06, 2013 at 8:51 AM

For some reason when I posted a couple of days ago about my muscles being too big after going paleo a few people commented that that was 'unlikely' and that they'd like a picture as to 'validate my claims'.

I have no idea why a bunch of people who are smart enough to know that everything we have previously been told about grains, and how healthy they are for you, was a load of bullshit...can't consider the fact that perhaps the old school 'women can't build muscle, they'll just get toned' is a load of crap as well? A lot of things we are told is crap...let's be a bit open minded and listen to what people are experiencing rather than spouting off information from a bunch of so called 'experts'.

It's a small pic I have no idea how to use this gravitar thing.

http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/59bd70e24b82e9add95b2e05c370be88.png

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on March 04, 2014
at 12:25 AM

Could she also simply do the HIT work out slightly less frequently? Add in some lighter weights, or slow moving for calorie burning?

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on March 03, 2014
at 06:16 PM

Dear, Id hate to burst your bubble....you are not big in the muscle dept AT ALL! Not even close....it seems you have miror issues either that or you are trolling because it makes no sense you post or you pic!

B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:18 PM

The response to being called She-Hulk is “Thanks, Creampuff.“ My goal is to have arms like yours!

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Yeah you're probably right. Actually if I lose a bit more body fat my muscles will probably start looking smaller..maybe.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:41 PM

yeah true, thanks

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Thanks Methodician.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Yeah you are probably right SF. It's a shame I really enjoy and look forward to doing my pull ups though! I love the fatigued feeling. If I was doing lighter weights and lower reps I'd feel so frustrated and bored I'd start hating the gym! Can't win :)

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:38 PM

Hahaha thanks CD and Dave S.

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on September 06, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Anybody calls you She-hulk - just stuff their face down the toilet!

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:02 PM

@Mify, it's not that any suggested that women cannot build muscle. but building muscle takes stimulus, nutrients, time, and rest. If you got those arms from doing a few pullups, once a week, then you are very genetically blessed.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:43 PM

But thankyou Allison :)

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:43 PM

Well they must look bigger in real life because I'm now called She-hulk (or Shulk, for short).

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:17 PM

those aren't big--those are nice! Those are muscles that say "hey, I workout." They don't say "I am roided-out roid monster"

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:41 AM

What's too big about those?

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:32 AM

That's the thing...I reckon I consume around 1200 cals a day on paleo (roughly). Definitely not a calorie surplus. Was overweight around 8yrs ago when I got to 73kg (still not massive), now 59kg. So 14kg's lighter than at my worst... but that was ages ago.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 09:31 AM

Ok now it is the right one...

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 09:13 AM

Blah that's not even the one I thought I put up...I have one where I'm flexing.

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:24 AM

Women CAN build upon and grow muscle obviously, but it takes doing so purposefully and in a caloric surplus. Of course you're going to have definition and/or size when you're actually flexing, as you are in the really miniature picture (try imgur, photobucket or something... you uploaded an avatar) but still, in my opinion your arms aren't "too big".

Or if you were overweight before, you'll have more base muscle than someone who has never gone over 115 lbs.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:32 AM

That's the thing...I reckon I consume around 1200 cals a day on paleo (roughly). Definitely not a calorie surplus. Was overweight around 8yrs ago when I got to 73kg (still not massive), now 59kg. So 14kg's lighter than at my worst... but that was ages ago.

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on March 07, 2014
at 11:19 PM

muscles.jpgHey! Muscly girls rule and you look great! :D I also sometimes wonder if I'm too beefy but then I don't let it bother me too much, I am what I am and I'm healthy... Paleo diet plus poledancing and circus silks is all I do, I never use a gym (too boring!)... And generally unless I flex like I am in the picture here I don't actually look too freaky, I'm sure you're the same as me x

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on March 04, 2014
at 12:33 AM

You're arms look amazing! Seriously, please be proud of them because there are plenty of women - like me - who want arms like that

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on September 16, 2013
at 05:17 PM

This may just be me, but your muscles look to be an appropriate size from that picture... When I saw the words "too big" I expected them to be much larger.

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on September 06, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Dang girl! Nice guns!! I started lifting about 6 months ago and have made HUGE gains! I think when you eat the right foods, men AND women maximize their testosterone (yes, girls, we too have testosterone!) which helps build large muscles. I doubt that you'll get much bigger tho without some "help". Personally, I think your arms look great, not too big for a woman.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

(149)

on September 06, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Yeah you're probably right. Actually if I lose a bit more body fat my muscles will probably start looking smaller..maybe.

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on September 06, 2013
at 08:38 PM

Your arm looks great... I like it!

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Thanks Methodician.

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on September 06, 2013
at 07:55 PM

I think you look great, you are definitely muscular for a woman but you don't look "huge" to me and a lot of men who don't work out have bigger muscles.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on September 06, 2013
at 11:41 PM

yeah true, thanks

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on September 06, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Women (and men) with higher testosterone and HGH levels will naturally build muscle faster and bigger than those that don't. I think your arms look fine. If you are wanting to excercise without the growth, or minimal growth, do lighter weight, but more reps. Do sets of 20-40 instead of 10 or so.

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

(149)

on September 06, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Yeah you are probably right SF. It's a shame I really enjoy and look forward to doing my pull ups though! I love the fatigued feeling. If I was doing lighter weights and lower reps I'd feel so frustrated and bored I'd start hating the gym! Can't win :)

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on March 04, 2014
at 12:25 AM

Could she also simply do the HIT work out slightly less frequently? Add in some lighter weights, or slow moving for calorie burning?

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on September 06, 2013
at 04:35 PM

I realize that's a small pic and all, but my first reaction was "...that's hot."

Nobody is saying that women can't build muscle, just that it's really hard to get the bodybuilder look. You need the right combination of genes, training, and diet. I for example would love for my arms to look like that. I eat 2,000+ calories/day (so almost twice as much as you do) and train my arms specifically to build the muscles, and still do not have arms and shoulders that look like yours.

Maybe you just have the magic genes that allow you to put on muscle really fast (can we trade? Please?). It does happen.

I hope this doesn't sound condescending, but I think it might be possible that you're just self-conscious about your arms, so you're seeing them in a kind of distorted way and worrying about them more than you need to. Like the same way where if you have a zit it feels like everyone is looking at it all the time, even though they probably aren't. I definitely don't think you look unattractive.

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