Are you big, but not as strong as you'd like to be? Or strong, but not as big as you'd like to be?

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    Aug 12, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    I was reminded tonight at the gym that we're all fighting our own particular battle. For the first time in years, I worked out with someone (nice guy that I met here), who happens to be bigger and better built than me. What's surprising though, is that despite being bigger and more buff, Im apparently stronger, and able to lift more.

    More surprising to me is how kept saying he's "weak" at this workout and that one, and how he'd "trade size for more strength." And here I am on the other side of the coin, I'd love to be his size, even if I wasnt able to lift as much.

    Are you in a similar place, would you rather be stronger than you are now, like a workout buddy or someone you see at the gym? Or would you just rather be bigger/more buff, and dont care how much you can lift?
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    Aug 12, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    Neither. I'm happy with myself the way that I am. Continued improvement is pretty much just a fun hobby.
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    Aug 12, 2010 11:19 AM GMT
    Im like you where I am stronger than I look, and I know how you feel. In particular, my bf has HUGE arms compared to me, yet we lift the same weight with those muscles. Drives me crazy. I would much rather be buff and weak than strong and lean.
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    Aug 12, 2010 11:57 AM GMT
    Oldscorp saidOr would you just rather be bigger/more buff, and dont care how much you can lift?


    This. Had this conversation with someone online recently. I feel quite feeble compared to what some guys are lifting, but if I had to choose I'd pick size over strength any day - I am training for aesthetics and fitness, not to be able to impress people with how much iron I can move.
  • geebus

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    Aug 12, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    I'd trade strength for size. I've always been weak in the knees for a big guy even if he's a bit chubby, but strength is just too...too...practical hahaha icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    Same.. Size.. lol. so vain....
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:24 PM GMT
    Neither.

    Not strong enough, not big enough. Simply a work in progress.

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    Aug 12, 2010 1:01 PM GMT
    DjDorchester saidNeither.

    Not strong enough, not big enough. Simply a work in progress.



    Same here icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 12, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    I'm far, far stronger than I am big. And as I trained just for that for some 30 years, quite happy about it ;-)

    I now enjoy to put more weight on, and from where I come, it's a lot easier to gain weight and power than to gain power without weight.

    But I would not trade strength for size, to me, what I can do with my body is more important than the way it look.

    I want to get bigger AND stronger AND fitter AND faster etc....
  • westsideindy

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    Aug 12, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    I am stronger than I am big, I would rather be buff than strong. My workouts consist of lift heavy or go the f home. I do that because it is fun. hope fully some day my body will catch up to my strength lol. take care
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Aug 12, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    I started wt. lifting regularly as a hobby in my mid 30s. As i grew in bulk so did my strength. Now that i am approaching my mid 40s, i find my strength weaning (often due to joint pains). Given my age, this is expected. What i find interesting is that, for the most part, the bulk has stayed the same.
    Occassionaly i will see much younger guys lifting very heavy wts - while using great form. In many of these instances they have considerably less bulk that would be expected. I suspect the lack of bulk is more than just genetics but also largely influenced by the lack of a muscle building diet - not poor diet just not eating foods that promote muscle growth. Often times i want to offer some friendly advice but ......................................most of the time i do not.

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    Aug 12, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    If Im in a fight, or need to climb a rock, or need to swim a distance, size wont get me nearly as far as strength, so duh... strength... I dont bother thinking about what I look like, because if I start worrying about that I would never be satisfied with it and may as well trade in my whole physique for something I find aesthetically pleasing....
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    My problem is that I wish I was more stronger but since I do quite a bit of cardio my muscle mass does not seem to grow at all and I have been lifting the same amout of weight for the past 4-5 five years. I don't wish to get any bigger but I would like to get stronger.
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    I want to be Ashley80's size.
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    Aug 12, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    I can lift more than my body weight for most upper body exercises and easily more than twice my weight on lower body exercises. But I wasn't really seeing gains in size. Turns out I wasn't eating nearly enough to gain weight. Now that I'm eating more and taking more time off between lifts, I'm gaining weight like crazy. Sadly, I have 10-12lbs more muscle on my frame than in my pics and nobody to take pics of me. ~crouches in cold dark corner and cries

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    Aug 12, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    I'm big and strong and not as lean as I would like to be. Still haven't learned the happy medium to shed fat without losing muscle.
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    Aug 12, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    Ive realized im actually more stronger than bigger. Ive been eating alot more protein and carbs, but I guess being ectomorphic, it will take awhile for me to gain more mass.
    I have added 4 lbs to me, so im noticeably a bit bigger than before.
    Patience...
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    Aug 12, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    I'm both big and strong, but I have trouble keeping the flab off when I'm trying to bulk... there's like no hope of me ever being "lean" without being manorexic lol
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 12, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    No, I'm not as strong and big as I would like to be. However, since I've started visiting the gym everyday (almost two months ago), I have noticed my body is getting leaner and stronger. I'm going to be taking my measurements for the second time on August 17th. Can't wait to see how much progress I've made!
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Aug 12, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    I aim mainly for functional fitness -- that is a balance of strength, flexibility, and speed, mainly for my mountain bike, trail running, and endurance races. I wish my fitness would also make me appear more muscular, but so be it.
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    Aug 12, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    I'm strong as heck but to build size i end up having to give up some strength and I'm always a little hesitant about doing that, I like scaring bigger guys when I pin'em against the wall
  • fitartistsf

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    Aug 13, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    He may be lifting for the look. Sculpting his physique to be symmetrical, and balanced, to look classical, and not for strength... as am I. I don't need, or necessarily want, to be super strong, but I would like to perfect the look of my physique to reflect more of the classical ideal of the male body... so yes, he may not be as strong as you, he might be concentrating on something else entirely in his workouts...
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Aug 13, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    strong and not as big lol lol. i guess it is ok this way thought because then they underestimate me and i make people look not to smart lol lol.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 13, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    I would trade in size to become stonger.
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    Aug 13, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    Sometimes I see guys at the gym just about my size or just slightly bigger liftin tons more weight. I'd like to be stronger! Actually, I wouldn't mind putting some more size on either.