Originally Posted by chuckm
Dance Fanatic, I don't know if you had mistaken chuckm's post, but I'll assume you might have. Muscle tissue is heavier after it undergoes hypertrophy (increase in muscle fiber size) due to something like strength training:
Originally Posted by Dance Fanatic
She's not overweight, which you may have meant, but she did up her exercise regimen which indubitably increased muscle diameter ("bigger") and muscle strength.
But, essentially, [Virtue] upped the ante in off-ice workouts from her already-rigorous regimen and altered some basic mechanics of her skating stroke — which few skaters in their 15th year of competition ever do.
“We tried to focus on taking the load off my calves, activating and recruiting different muscles,” Virtue told The Spectator.
Is she fat? Heck no.
Heavy has a lot of different connotations, but this time, it wasn't used in a "fat" context. It was used more in a "she's stronger" context.
("Heavy" doesn't necessarily translate to "overweight". I mean, you wouldn't call a UFC fighter with tons of muscle overweight without hesistation, would you? BMI is just a little obscure in that way.)
Besides, muscle hypertrophy is less pronounced in women than in men. She really doesn't look that much more buff and it's nice to see that the changes in her strength training allowed her to forgo surgery in her legs.
ETA: BUT if you said this in response to let`s talk, then I am not defending that person.
Last edited by aftertherain; 12-09-2012 at 01:05 AM.
I know Tessa gained a bit of weight, but am I the only one who thought Scott looked SMALLER than he used to be? When he was standing by the boards getting ready to go, he looked miniscule!
I think let's talk probably meant that Tessa looked heavy on the ice which is different from saying she looks like a cow. Of course, being new, I could be giving the benefit of the doubt to someone who doesn't deserve it. Oh well.
Edit: After reading the comment again and reviewing a bit of post history, I retract the above. Not cool, let's talk, not cool.
Last edited by Riemann; 12-09-2012 at 12:53 AM.
I believe the term is 'Hollywood fat.'
Tessa is muscular, and that allows her to actually skate and not have constant leg problems. I think Scott does a pretty good job of proving that you can still do very athletic, high quality lifts without having a big size difference. The fact that Tessa is not unnaturally thin like some of the others is refreshing to me. Poor Meryl looks like she could use a good meal, although her size does allow them to execute the lifts with more ease. I think that because so many skaters are unnaturally thin (or prepubescent), our minds actually start to believe that is "normal size". It's not!
Last edited by gold12345; 12-09-2012 at 04:27 AM.
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