Does the elliptical cycle really reduce muscle in the wrong places for men?

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kpitrl

Mcdonough, GA

#1 Jul 5, 2011
I'm a male who works out on the weights one day, and the elliptical cycle on the other day. However it seems that when I use the elliptical cycle (around every 48hrs), I see my arms, chest, and shoulders shrink a little. My stomach doesn't seem to shrink as fast as my arms and shoulder. It feels as though the elliptical cycle reduces muscle gain in the wrong places for a man. I'm thinking about using the elliptical cycle a little less however, I'm concerned this may cause me to gain fat. I work on the weights about twice a week. I noticed that two hard workouts in one week gives me more muscle gain. Muscle seem to reduce the fat. If I work out on the weights more than two or three times a week, I tend too lose muscle.

I thought about leaving the elliptical cycle alone all together, and letting the muscle gain from the weight lifting continue to cut off the fat. However I don't think that will last. I'm a afraid I would become one of those real bulky guys, and people won't be able to to tell whether it's fat or muscle, which really mean you have too much fat mixed in. I don't want to resemble the carton character, "Bluto or Brutus" from Popeye.

Is it common for men to lose muscle in the wrong places when using the elliptical cycle? Is there another machine I should be using instead? Has anybody with this problem come up with any solutions, for example changing their workout schedule from the one I have?
Brian

Lees Summit, MO

#2 Oct 18, 2011
Hey,
No the elliptical doesn't reduce your muscle size. I am not sure how you can be seeing such and effect in one day. If it does anything it would be reducing your fat. It sounds like you are doing exactly the right thing by mixing weight lifting with a cardio exercise. If you need to burn fat I would not just lift weights.

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Gss

United States

#3 Oct 18, 2011
Losing muscle from exercise? That's impossible. Just make sure you get enough protein for your muscles if you want to build them up, though. Eat a lot of meat !!!!
Marvin

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 26, 2011
I think the elliptical helps you you’re your muscles, especially in the lower body parts..i have been using the elliptical trainer and I have never been happier..this company always helps me with assembly and stuff I might have concerns with: http://www.americandirectlogistics.com/ellipt... .
Blue sheep

Perth, Australia

#5 Feb 19, 2012
kpitrl wrote:
I'm a male who works out on the weights one day, and the elliptical cycle on the other day. However it seems that when I use the elliptical cycle (around every 48hrs), I see my arms, chest, and shoulders shrink a little. My stomach doesn't seem to shrink as fast as my arms and shoulder. It feels as though the elliptical cycle reduces muscle gain in the wrong places for a man. I'm thinking about using the elliptical cycle a little less however, I'm concerned this may cause me to gain fat. I work on the weights about twice a week. I noticed that two hard workouts in one week gives me more muscle gain. Muscle seem to reduce the fat. If I work out on the weights more than two or three times a week, I tend too lose muscle.
I thought about leaving the elliptical cycle alone all together, and letting the muscle gain from the weight lifting continue to cut off the fat. However I don't think that will last. I'm a afraid I would become one of those real bulky guys, and people won't be able to to tell whether it's fat or muscle, which really mean you have too much fat mixed in. I don't want to resemble the carton character, "Bluto or Brutus" from Popeye.
Is it common for men to lose muscle in the wrong places when using the elliptical cycle? Is there another machine I should be using instead? Has anybody with this problem come up with any solutions, for example changing their workout schedule from the one I have?
Well personally I think you are to tied down by looks. It would be better if you had posted your pb's or if you were having a reduction in strength etc.

Then it would be easier to come up with solutions.
Banks

United States

#6 Nov 6, 2013
The reason I located this post is because I googled elliptical and arm reduction. I agree with the original post in that my muscle size has visually decreased in my arm muscles that have steadily been increasing for weeks and weeks of hard lifting of weights. The size decreases started when using the elliptical machines. I am not an expert in muscle development and I have a very long way to go before having strength, cardio, and muscle looks that I desire. The facts are I have had very little arm fat, I am as strong if not stronger now compared to prior use of the elliptical, BUT my visual muscle size has dwindled in a matter of 2-3 weeks of using the elliptical. I would not say I am overly vain, but I like seeing the visual muscle gain in the mirror. It keeps me motivated and to see months of muscle gain due to hard weight lifting gone in a couple of weeks is very disappointing. I was hitting the
punching bag and bicycling before elliptical for my cardio and those excesses did not decrease my arm visual muscle gain.

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