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The Demise of Beer Gut Glory

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Jen, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Nice. I am squatting fully loaded escalades for toning, but find them awkwardly balanced. I am building up to a fully loaded semi, but it's hard to break that wall. Tips?

    Seriously, though, my buddy and I just finished a 10 000 m row (we are sort of "training" for the indoor rowing half marathon (a full marathon of rowing seemed a bit extreme) in two weeks. I('ll post a link when we actually do that 21 000 m and some bits.) And my gluts ache like I was just in a Mexican prison.


    Better than my ass, which after 3 hours straight on my new mountain bike with the crappiest seat I think Trek has ever put on a cross country bike, also feels like its been through a Mexican prison...

    Jon.
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Better than my ass, which after 3 hours straight on my new mountain bike with the crappiest seat I think Trek has ever put on a cross country bike, also feels like its been through a Mexican prison...

    Jon.


    I'm no longer enjoying this Mexican prison imagery.
     
  3. globetrotter

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    Nice. I am squatting fully loaded escalades for toning, but find them awkwardly balanced. I am building up to a fully loaded semi, but it's hard to break that wall. Tips?

    Seriously, though, my buddy and I just finished a 10 000 m row (we are sort of "training" for the indoor rowing half marathon (a full marathon of rowing seemed a bit extreme) in two weeks. I('ll post a link when we actually do that 21 000 m and some bits.) And my gluts ache like I was just in a Mexican prison.


    I am, I guess you could say, enjoying, a little bit of free time now due to the untimely death of my company. so I have been getting back to the gym a bit more. I am aiming at getting back to my peak of pre-marital lifing capacity, over the next 6-8 months. I was able, at my fittest at age 19, to just get under a four hour marathon. so I figured that wasn't something that I should pursue. but I do enjoy lifting, and hopefully I will get back into that and stick with it once I am gainfully employed.
     
  4. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I didn't think that lying about your physical fitness level was really an option. being that I am short and round, I doubt that I would be able to convince anybody that I am a marathon runner.
    Have you watched a marathon lately? No offense to any party intended, but you'd be at home. I have huge respect for all the participants who take interest in these kinds of events, regardless of their shape. Give it a shot, you might surprise yourself.
     
  5. globetrotter

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    Have you watched a marathon lately? No offense to any party intended, but you'd be at home. I have huge respect for all the participants who take interest in these kinds of events, regardless of their shape. Give it a shot, you might surprise yourself.


    no, see, when I say that I am short and round, I am not being falsly modest. seriously.


    actually, I may very well be able to get myself to the shape where I could finish a marathon, but I would probrably looking at a year of shin splints and painful work to produce a 5 hour race. In 30 minutes a day, doing something I enjoy, in a year I can get back up to squatting 300 or 350 pounds. it seems like a better place to put my efforts.

    but I was actually just talking about looks - people expect marathon runners to be extremly thin and long legged.

    but thanks for the encouragement - who knows, stranger things have happened.
     
  6. greg_atlanta

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    Skinny guys don't age as gracefully as beefier guys. I much prefer being a little overweight than underweight.

    The super athlete biker/runner types look like 7-day-old corpses to me.

    Men have them same body image problems as women, it's just more fashionable to talk about it now. Talking about yourself all the time is the ultimate expression of vanity.
     
  7. Martinis at 8

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    Evidently men are now as concerned about their body image as women, and even go so far as to lie about their weight and exercise routine to their friends and partners.

    Do you ever lie about your fitness level? Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks? What is replacing the "beer gut" and bicep as symbols of manliness, or is manliness itself passe?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4812276.stm


    Jen,

    I believe this to be incorrect. In fact the opposite is true. The gut is being glorified in the media by such shows as King of Queens, Ask Jim, etc. The situation is actually getting worse.

    And contrary to the post(s) above, being overweight actually adds years to one's life, and makes one look older. However, being emaciated, also has its drawbacks. I believe the right formula is to carry weight as muscle with a proper program of weight lifting, cardio, and some plyometrics.

    Fitness does take self-discipline, and as one slides into one's career life, that discipline easily breaks down. Problem today is that a lot of youth is already fat and out of shape during high school and college years, so when they start their work lives it gets worse earlier. They don't need to slide into fatdom, because they are already there.

    Fashion is going along with this. Hence the popularity of wearing shirts with tails untucked, baggy loose fitting clothes, etc. Over time, dress and grooming standards declined with the increase in obesity. What was "normal" 30 years ago in a man's suit is now referred to as an "athletic" cut. I could go on and on...yadda-yadda.

    Only fundamental lifestyle changes can get the majority male and female population back into attractive shape. A drop of 8 is just not that hard to achieve or maintain with a little bit of work.

    Cheers,

    M8
     
  8. designprofessor

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    Boy that is the truth M8. I see whats coming down the pike looking at college kids all day, stuffed into tight low cut pants showing butt crack. what a bad time in American history to introduce some of these recent cuts of clothing. They're stuffed into them like sausages. 75,000 people at NASCAR races affirm this to one another.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    Such glorification of "the gut" in TV shows as those are designed to appeal to the average male, of which, let's face it, don't possess marvelous physique not to mention superlative wit.
     
  10. Martinis at 8

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    Such glorification of "the gut" in TV shows as those are designed to appeal to the average male, of which, let's face it, don't possess marvelous physique not to mention superlative wit.

    I think it's more sinister that. I believe it to be a Hollywood emasculation scheme. Notice how the these men are coupled with babes who seem to control them.

    M8
     
  11. Arethusa

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    You are going to fit right in at Ask Andy's.
     
  12. globetrotter

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    I think it's more sinister that. I believe it to be a Hollywood emasculation scheme. Notice how the these men are coupled with babes who seem to control them.

    M8


    yeah, but hot babes.
     
  13. Martinis at 8

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    yeah, but hot babes.
    True! [​IMG] But that's in Hollywood. In real life she's an ugly shrew, but because he has a gut he can't go locate a fine trade-in. He has been duped by Hollywood. M8
     
  14. mizanation

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    That's weird, why would anyone do that? Anyway, I'm 6'3". Swimmers build (swimming All-American, and US Olympic Water Polo team). Can bench 2x my weight and can squat a small automobile. I run a 4 flat in the 40yard dash, and last year, I ran a sub 2:15 marathon in the last leg of the Ironman. I also hold two belts in three international mixed martial arts competitions. As a result, I find that fitting into OTR suits can often be a challenge. Hate to do it, but I'll probably have to go bespoke...

    ok, sorry to resurrect this thread, but you're a real fit dude (if you're not joking, if so, then i completely missed it)

    can you say which mma competitions you've competed in? we probably know some of the same people...

    i think the people on here have no idea what kind of shape you need to be in to compete in mma.
     
  15. Arethusa

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    Man, he is joking. I've seen renault in real life. He's like 4'10" and 300lbs.
     
  16. mizanation

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    Man, he is joking. I've seen renault in real life. He's like 4'10" and 300lbs.

    really? well, he got me.

    i actually have friends who are almost that fit. a couple nationally ranked decathaletes (one u.s., one british), a couple former mixed martial arts champions and several competitors (one who used to be ranked #1 in the world), and a bunch of just plain good athletes.
     
  17. Renault78law

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    Yeah, that was a joke. The context was that members often lament their physical abnormalities when buying bespoke, complaining that RTW caters to the lowest common denominator.

    Man, he is joking. I've seen renault in real life. He's like 4'10" and 300lbs.
    Dude, you said you wouldn't tell! Besides, 4'11". And a half. Get it straight, son.
     
  18. GQgeek

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    Dude, I know lots of people who'd die to be that size. Super slim jeans and clothing is the shieet.

    The grass is always greener... I've been 5'11 135lbs for a long ass time and I was never really happy with it. I do pretty well with girls compared to a lot of guys but I know I could do a lot better and go after the super-hoties in total confidence with an extra 20lbs of muscle. I always found it very hard to gain weight though.

    Since I started my new diet (about 3000 cal..280g protein/day over six meals) and weight lifting routine I've been very disciplined and I've gained about 5 lbs. so far. I've gained some stomach fat too but that will be easy enough to lose when I diet after gaining the muscle I want. My target weight is 150-155lbs. I'll decide where to stop when I get there. I don't want all of my clothes to stop fitting though [​IMG]
     
  19. otterhound

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    Since I started my new diet (about 3000 cal..280g protein/day over six meals)

    Am I the only skinny guy out there that can't eat that heavy? I'd be constantly nauseous if I had to chow down 3k calories/day.
     
  20. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    I'm pretty happy with my overall silhouette. I have zero desire to look like a Men's Health fitness model, nor do I want to look like a Dior Homme model. Lean and muscular works for me. (38" chest and a 31"/32" waist/inseam )
     

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