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    Does running build muscle mass?

    Let's say you run a lot. Will that build more muscle mass? Or just less body fat? Because, you use your muscles when you run, but like, you don't use them (as in, ripping them so they'll grow).

    But it will define your muscles more, right?
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    sprinting builds a bit of muscle mass. long distance running gets u pretty much nothing unlesss u are cutting and want to tone
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    Hey Fedora, as far as you question will running gain more muscle mass. I would have to say probably not, one my good friends in a soccer player and all he does is run. He is in reall good cardiovascular shape, his legs are really well developed and defined (calves) due to all the running. But no i dont think you would be able to gain the mass that you want just by running imo.
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    Okay, thanks. 'Cause once I was talking to my friend after track practice:

    Me: You going to weight room later?
    Him: No dude I just ran it works out my legs what's the point?
    Me: Oh
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    running doesnt build mass at all. **** in the past 3 mo i wanted 2 actaully make my legs smaller 2 make my calves look bigger and i dropped the 1.5 in, by runnning and hlf ass inconsistent training
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    i've been running for 4 years running may help with mass some i'm not sure but i do know that sprinting is prolly whats got me lookin cut
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    i do alot of track.. i mean ALOT and my legs only got bigger from squats so... running does **** for muscle mass
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    Originally posted by KingsRevenge
    i've been running for 4 years running may help with mass some i'm not sure but i do know that sprinting is prolly whats got me lookin cut
    It won't help build mass. It will get you toned up and in good shape for a sport but it won't put on any mass and it may even make you weaker.
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    To answer the question all you have to do is look at an Olympic sprinter, like Michael Johnson, and then look at a distance runner.

    Johnson's legs are huge and cut up, and he's got a pretty muscular upper body. Distance runners are mostly all under 150lbs, and scrawny as hell. Sprinting will help with muscle development in the legs, not as much as squats. And distance running actually makes you lose muscle. When running distance the body burns up all the readily available carbs and then begins breaking down protein for energy, so the protein cannot be used to build muscle.
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    i agree with other people here. Running long distance will not build you mass only make your legs look rip but small. Sprinting is a good exercise for speed. I do little run 1-2 miles 1-3 times a week just light run. But the main thing to really build mass is to do strength training.
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    Originally Posted by Jigen2k12 View Post
    i agree with other people here. Running long distance will not build you mass only make your legs look rip but small. Sprinting is a good exercise for speed. I do little run 1-2 miles 1-3 times a week just light run. But the main thing to really build mass is to do strength training.
    Nice to revive an 11 year old thread mate. This guy has probably had children by now and long quit running or any type of exercise and leads a sedentary life now. I bet on it.
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    Op don't listen to these people im about to be a college xc runner next year and im running a **** ton. Running gives you lean muscle not mass. If you run enough your legs will be toned af with striations and you.ll have a nice core because running a ton of miles requires a strong core. Running builds lean cut muscle but you will not gain mass
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    Originally Posted by Fedora View Post
    Okay, thanks. 'Cause once I was talking to my friend after track practice:

    Me: You going to weight room later?
    Him: No dude I just ran it works out my legs what's the point?
    Me: Oh
    I mean that makes sense. Have you ever tried squatting after heavy sprints? It makes my reps go down dramatically. On a weight I usually get maybe 12 times I will only get like 7 or so. Wears you out.
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    HIIT cardio builds muscle.
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    Some type of cardio can build muscle, though its a very inefficient way to go about it.



    Keep in mind Olympic sprinters do weight training.
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    Running alone builds loads of muscle. Duh



    look at those ceps

    EDIT: just realized this thread is from 2003. what the hell
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    Nice 11 year old thread bump ppl
    Originally Posted by SchofieldK View Post
    Op don't listen to these people im about to be a college xc runner next year and im running a **** ton. Running gives you lean muscle not mass. If you run enough your legs will be toned af with striations and you.ll have a nice core because running a ton of miles requires a strong core. Running builds lean cut muscle but you will not gain mass
    The bro science in this pains me... Running will not build much muscle beyond whats nessesary to move you it will increase muscular endurance by optimizing blood flow to the muscle fibres. There's no difference between lean cut muscle and mass, ppl with mass just eat more than their body needs to do the required workload so it builds muscle and the fat that comes alone with it. Your an anorexic looking child and the only muscle you have is the muscle required for you to move without ****ing falling over after a km. in ither words kid, on all the threads I've seen you comment, you are using your running as an excuse, that's bs, your not gonna make anything past nub gains cause you don't eat above maintenance.
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    Originally Posted by SchofieldK View Post
    Op don't listen to these people im about to be a college xc runner next year and im running a **** ton. Running gives you lean muscle not mass. If you run enough your legs will be toned af with striations and you.ll have a nice core because running a ton of miles requires a strong core. Running builds lean cut muscle but you will not gain mass
    Weren't you also the guy that wanted to bulk on 2000 calories? Running doesn't "give you lean muscle".

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    Originally Posted by SchofieldK View Post
    Op don't listen to these people im about to be a college xc runner next year and im running a **** ton. Running gives you lean muscle not mass. If you run enough your legs will be toned af with striations and you.ll have a nice core because running a ton of miles requires a strong core. Running builds lean cut muscle but you will not gain mass
    Wait - so...

    Running won't build mass, but it will build lean mass. So in other words if I run I won't get bigger, I'll just get bigger? Fuar broscience
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