Does weight increase leg strength?

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The Donkey
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Does weight increase leg strength?

Postby 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?

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Dr. Chan Lowe
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Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:08 pm

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.

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