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    Default Legs growing too fast on 5x5

    Hi all,

    I've been on Bill Starr's 5x5 routine for two months now and have followed it exactly with no modifications. I've found that my legs (thighs and butt) are growing at a much faster rate than my top half. I'm a naturally skinny guy with larger legs to begin with but since training with this routine I've gone up two pants sizes because my pants don't fit over my legs, with the new pants being tight in the legs and too loose in the waist. In the meantime my chest/arms have only improved moderately.

    I don't want to cut the squat or deadlifts out of the routine but would there be a way to better balance the routine so that my upper body can catch up?

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Legs growing larger as in muscle gain or fat gain?

    Are your legs getting actually stronger?

    There is not much you can do with the routine, I would suggest that you keep following it.
    You may be genetically blessed with good legs, try and make the most of this.

    Working the legs hard will go in great lengths for the rest of your body growing, due to the amounts of growth hormone and testosterone released with intense leg training.

    With most if not all workout routines, you may find that a few muscles may lag behind.
    Consistency is the key

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    I'd say its mostly muscle gain and I find that I'm getting through legwork a lot easier than with upper body. I guess if its beneficial overall I will stick to the routine.

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    I'm the total opposite, my upper body grows really well whilst my legs grow moderately...swap genetics for a couple weeks?
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    Don't slow this process down as over time the upper will begin to catch up with what happens from the lower body workouts and hormonal release, it might not totally catch up or be even but don't stop it now the hormonal cascade will carry you with a reciprocal effect.

    Not everyone will be balanced but I would much rather have a great set of legs than nothing at all if the upper doesn't grow the same way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gf86 View Post
    Hi all,

    I've been on Bill Starr's 5x5 routine for two months now and have followed it exactly with no modifications. I've found that my legs (thighs and butt) are growing at a much faster rate than my top half. I'm a naturally skinny guy with larger legs to begin with but since training with this routine I've gone up two pants sizes because my pants don't fit over my legs, with the new pants being tight in the legs and too loose in the waist. In the meantime my chest/arms have only improved moderately.

    I don't want to cut the squat or deadlifts out of the routine but would there be a way to better balance the routine so that my upper body can catch up?
    Welcome to my world....

    Sounds like Starr's is working really well for you then buddy. Keep at it mate, the upper body will catch up eventually.

    Keep up the good work

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    Like Carl said it all evens out eventually. My legs grew real fast out of the gate.

    If not, you become a rock star like Tom Platz and make a lot of money.
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    I think it's not a bad thing to have strong legs, and if I'm not mistaken you spike your testosterone levels when attacking the large muscles. I am having the most success with my legs as well and I'm loving it.
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    Like they said^^^ Stick with it (especially if it's paying off)! Don't think you'd ever hear me complaining I'm getting too big!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gf86 View Post
    Hi all,

    I've been on Bill Starr's 5x5 routine for two months now and have followed it exactly with no modifications. I've found that my legs (thighs and butt) are growing at a much faster rate than my top half. I'm a naturally skinny guy with larger legs to begin with but since training with this routine I've gone up two pants sizes because my pants don't fit over my legs, with the new pants being tight in the legs and too loose in the waist. In the meantime my chest/arms have only improved moderately.

    I don't want to cut the squat or deadlifts out of the routine but would there be a way to better balance the routine so that my upper body can catch up?
    Welcome to my world

    I get that with ye old 20 rep squat programs...which by the way some idiot on myspace once spent a month trying to tell em that it was mere muscle swelling and not actual muscle growth.

    I think I know muscle growth when i experience it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Like Carl said it all evens out eventually. My legs grew real fast out of the gate.

    If not, you become a rock star like Tom Platz and make a lot of money.


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    My legs grew tremendously within the first 4 months of squatting heavy. Thank god it was at the end of winter because none of my Pants fit me at all.
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    I wish I had that problem. My legs are behind the rest of my body, but they are slowly catching up. If only my calves would start getting bigger..

    I wouldn't worry about it, having a strong foundation will only help you in the long run.

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    I would like a good 5x5 just for building big legs.

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    I have been looking at starting a 5 x 5 and have noticed similar (waist and leg) increase. I have noticed increased strength and accept it is with eating more. I train 4 times a week and have found this:

    https://www.exercise.com/workout-plans/5x5-workout-plan

    Any thoughts?

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    Resurrected an old thread with this, but overall I'm not the biggest fan of the some the exercise selection in the link you posted. If you're looking for a well thought out 5x5, I recommend trying something like Starting Strength or Stronglifts.

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    It took me months of squats to get my legs in the shape I wanted them, it paid off.

 

 

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