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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cardiology Topics

Question: Does weight increase leg strength?


 The Donkey - Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:21 pm

This is a general question I have about weight. I have noticed that heavier people have more defined calf muscles. Is this true? If so, is it because they carry more weight and their legs receive more strength training?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:08 pm

User avatar Hi The Donkey,

I don't know that this question has ever been studies to find out for sure. It does seem plausible that carrying more weight while walking would lead to stronger leg muscles; however, in general, obesity is associated with less strength and fitness.

The definition you are seeing may be due to increased muscle bulk or more underlying lipid tissue.

Best wishes.

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