I'm a 43 year old female. My BF is 10.3. I train 5/6 times a week. Weights, interval training, bootcamp style, and recently some 30 minute metabolic style workouts. I squat, lunge, pull and flip tyres, dead lift with weights and work my legs very hard. But my skin fold measurements on my quads are 19.8. I eat a pretty strict paleo diet, no grains, no processed food, low gi fruits, lots of green veg, and drink very little alcohol. I use a firm foam roller on my legs for 5 minutes before each work out - I drink about 2 ltrs of water each day, drink green tea daily but my legs are dimpled, retain water, and just look really big. I can lift the fat from the quad and ham on my legs, and although there is a firm defined muscle line at the sides - my legs are making me feel miserable. The rest of me looks pretty fit. How do I bring my legs in line so I'm in proportion with the rest of my body?
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on July 23, 2013
at 06:47 PM
10% bf on a woman is like body-builder magazine skinny, not pretty fit. Way pat the point of healthy. I simply cannot imagine a 19 skin fold on a 10% bf person.
on July 23, 2013
at 08:00 PM
It's really hard to say, some woman are predisposed to carrying their weight in their lower bodies, in fact most women do as opposed to men who tend to carry their weight in their mid section. The values you give are somewhat discerning and given the amount of exersize you are doing and the diet you are following Im concerned you are pushing yourself too hard. Perhaps it has something to do with Cortisol development from stressing your body so much.
With that siad it is possible to change your body composition... You may want to check your caloric intake, it is possible to eat too much even though you are eating good foods. You may also want to reevaluate your exersize routine. Sounds like you are doing exersizes that promote size and bulk. If you are weight training try to do lower weights and increase the reps. If you are doing cardio try Burst Training or High Intensity Interval Training. (Synonymous) For instance do weightless squats with as much effort as possible for 60 seconds, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Excellent core exersize and should help to redefine your legs.
I have to agree with CD however, it is very hard to imagine someone with a 10% BF having dimples anywhere on their body.