being athletic vs built?


  • Nov 15, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    before anyone says this, i completely understand that you can be both i was just wondering which one you would rather be if you had to choose. I was at the gym this morning (military base) and saw these two well built guys playing racquetball. they just looked uncoordinated and awkward.
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    Nov 15, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    It's hard to be competitively athletic without being somewhat built. Granted, some distance runners can get pretty scrawny looking. Still...I say both.
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    Nov 15, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    If I had my way I would prefer to be athletic, or even skinny. Well built is fine if it provides a deterrent against potential bullying, but with the likes of me with a low metabolism rate, it would lead to becoming overweight or even obese later in life, something I'm fighting against after becoming obese last year.
    When I was in my twenties, I pumped muscle in the gym two or three times a week, mainly to deter bullying. It worked at the time.
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    Nov 15, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    I more like an athletic build guy then well built you know like bodybuilders
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Nov 15, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Built.
    You can train for athleticism. Those awkward racquetball players can be schooled (or do the schooling....your choiceicon_twisted.gif )

  • ohioguy12

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    Nov 15, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    Athletic, I'm a compeitor and love playing sports, and if I saw a built guy who looks akward playing sports then it's a complete turnoff...
  • Beeftastic

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    Nov 15, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    I was an athlete, a swimmer, but on dry land I am about as awkward as it gets with sports etc.

    Now I am working at building muscle, as I will never have that thin athletic appearance again, built is the type I need to aspire to.

    I am always very impressed with my trainer, he is a big muscle builder, but is one of the most flexible people I know. That's a pretty rare combo.
  • laxdude25

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    I don't really have a choice. I have an athletic, lean/muscular body, and my genes/high metabolism mean that it is REALLY tough for me to put on bulk. I can do so during a focused period where I am lifting heavy and eating heavy, but I can't maintain it. On other guys, I am into all types.
  • coastguy90814

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    curious_athlete saidbefore anyone says this, i completely understand that you can be both i was just wondering which one you would rather be if you had to choose. I was at the gym this morning (military base) and saw these two well built guys playing racquetball. they just looked uncoordinated and awkward.


    If I had to pick ATHLETIC for sure ;-)
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    Athleticism takes talent, practice, and a little bit of genetic luck.
    Being built takes spending hours in a gym...
    I like choice number one.
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    One's hot and the other is hotter.
    Athletic Man:
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    Built Man (Only non-Schwarzenegger image):
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    *Google image search results show that the 'athletic man' keywords provide the searcher with images of hotter men. icon_wink.gif

    Mmmm.. I still don't feel better- I hate you DADT video!
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]A1EX said[/cite]One's hot and the other is hotter.
    Athletic Man:
    400_F_1920672_tBhiNgqUIxkGZr13DrWpUHRkuZ


    Ooo my so sexy and so hot that is what i was talking about Athletic Men go icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    It depends on the person's personal preference really and what they're wanting to do.

    For me since i'm 5'5 and was rather skinny (135lbs) I was sick and tired of being thrown around the damn soccer field by someone just batting an eyelash at me... Literally when someone would go 50/50 on a ball with me shoulder to shoulder i'd go flying. I was sick of it.

    Now that i'm a tiny bit bigger (165lbs) I can fight a little bit more. I do notice that if i do not stretch out before game though it's MUCH easier for me to pull a muscle.. Where as before i didn't really have to stretch at all..

    Also, being bigger does help me for when i play lacrosse too. I don't have to spear people nearly as often to try to tackle someone.. Sick and tired of getting flagged for spearing icon_sad.gif But it's what i have to do to compete so... Being bigger is a must for me.

    Now what i really want is to get size 47" chest so i can just flex them and make people fall back over themselves on the soccer field, but i doubt that will happen ;) hehe
  • MidwesternKid

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    I would much rather be athletic please icon_smile.gif
  • Webster666

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    I'm not athletic, and don't care to be.
    Athletics are no fun for me.
    I don't enjoy beating someone else.
    And, I definitely don't enjoy playing a game with somebody who has to win at all costs.
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:49 AM GMT
    I guess I'm going against the grain on this one. If I had to choose between built and athletic. . . I'll take built.

    If built means healthy, strong, in-shape, looking good. . . having lots of energy and stamina. . . and having extra self-confidence because you present yourself well . . then sure, OF COURSE, isn't that WAY BETTER than being some probably out-of-shape guy with none of the above qualities who might happen to excel at a particular sport or two? So what if I'm good at racquetball? Big deal.

    I might play racquetball once every couple of years. That's no benefit whatsoever to me. But even if I played it once a week. . . it's still no real benefit to me, other than the pleasure I get from playing it. But in the scheme of things. . . so what if I'm good or bad at it?

    But built guys can move heavy things. . . run for miles. . . look good in their clothes (or out of them). . . look younger than they actually are. . . and typically wake up feeling good with lots of energy.

    That's what you get if you're built and live a healthy lifestyle. That's something that really matters. A built guy can put that one quality to work for him every single day in hundreds of different situations.

    Try doing that by being good at racquetball.



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    Nov 16, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    With my naturally low metabolism plus being a mesomorph, I'd rather combine the two and be built with good definition...which is exactly what my ultimate fitness goal is anyway.
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    Athletic.
    You dont even need to do or like sports to be stocky. I dont find it pleasing to the eye. They are not flexible (which sucks in bed). . Have no stamina as they never run or do any cardio sports. Always thinking about the calories and the shake they need to drink. I dont see the pros at all
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    I'd rather be built, but only because I'm not. I've never been able to put on weight without tons and tons of effort (and eating 6 to 7 giant meals a day becomes expensive for me), so I've always admired built guys. I'm sure if weight gain came easy, I'd be complaining that I can't stay lean enough. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    I'm definitely not built, but I think I'm athletic.
  • Anto

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    Nov 16, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    curious_athlete saidbefore anyone says this, i completely understand that you can be both i was just wondering which one you would rather be if you had to choose. I was at the gym this morning (military base) and saw these two well built guys playing racquetball. they just looked uncoordinated and awkward.


    Athletic is better than just being built imo. Being really strong/big muscled is great for lifting weights but it's clunky and inefficient in general, even impractical imo outside of the rare occasion where you might be the only one in an adventure of fellows capable of holding up the heavy iron gate or stone slab from collapsing and sealing the only means of escape.
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    Nov 16, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    curious_athlete saidbefore anyone says this, i completely understand that you can be both i was just wondering which one you would rather be if you had to choose. I was at the gym this morning (military base) and saw these two well built guys playing racquetball. they just looked uncoordinated and awkward.
    i really don't think you can be athletic without having a nice build. i do think you can be built without being athletic but i do not think you can be athletic without being muscular.
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    Anto said
    curious_athlete saidbefore anyone says this, i completely understand that you can be both i was just wondering which one you would rather be if you had to choose. I was at the gym this morning (military base) and saw these two well built guys playing racquetball. they just looked uncoordinated and awkward.


    Athletic is better than just being built imo. Being really strong/big muscled is great for lifting weights but it's clunky and inefficient in general, even impractical imo outside of the rare occasion where you might be the only one in an adventure of fellows capable of holding up the heavy iron gate or stone slab from collapsing and sealing the only means of escape.


    But in the event that a giant stone DOES fall on someone who is simply athletic, it'd be great to have the hunky built guy around. Also if you're being chased by a bear, because the athletic guy will probably run faster and longer than the built guy, making the built guy the more probable meal.
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 16, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    To me, an athletic body implies nicely proportioned muscles and built for movement and agility. That's much more appealing to me than muscles for the sake of mass. Maybe because I associate athleticism with being dynamic and active in the outdoors and taking pleasure in movement, whereas the bodybuilder look I associate with a lot of time stuck in the gym.
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    Nov 16, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    In school I was an athlete and not so big and I liked looking at and playing with other jocks, but I've been bulking up this year and like the results so I guess now I'd say i like built guys more then athletic. Not huge guys, just athletes with big muscles! icon_wink.gif