How long?

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    Jun 23, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    How long have you been working out and at what point did you start looking like something?
    I've been at it 7 months lost 30 pounds but still have a ways to go.
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    Jun 23, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Wow - my posts must really suck............LOL
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    Jun 23, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    It will take well over a year to make a major transition. Keep working hard.
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    Jun 23, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    I've been at it 1.5 yrs so far...lost ~60 lbs of fat and gained a few lbs of muscle.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 23, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    About a year, it takes forever icon_confused.gif
  • monet

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    How many years did it take you to become out of shape? With lots of hard work it will take about the same amount of time to get back in shape.
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    I've been working out off and on since I was 16. The first time I became really consistent and diligent about it was when I was about 26. It took about four months but I saw some pretty significant changes.

    Keep at it! You have to be consistent and you have to push past your comfort zone if you want to see some real changes!
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI've been working out off and on since I was 16. The first time I became really consistent and diligent about it was when I was about 26. It took about four months but I saw some pretty significant changes.

    Keep at it! You have to be consistent and you have to push past your comfort zone if you want to see some real changes
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    Thanks sashaman that part helps a great bit and sometimes we need to be reminded of these things.
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    Jun 23, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    sashaman saidKeep at it! You have to be consistent and you have to push past your comfort zone if you want to see some real changes!
    That can be taken in more ways than one. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 23, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    I didn't start working out seriously until college. I played H20-polo and the coaches put us all through an intense work out regime, including weights, running, swimming sprints - twice daily (an hour and a half before and again after classes). All through the years (unless I was sick or traveling) I've kept up a lot of the same work out routine, with the exception of the running. I run very little now, to protect my knees. I'm in the gym at least every other day, and try to swim the alt. days. Staying in shape helps me feel and look great. I had started out as a skinny bean pole type of guy. By lifting and working out, I was developing wide shoulders, and the 'V' that all my teammates had. My legs, abs, every part of me began to look amazing within a few months.

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    Jun 23, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    It's a journey, not a destination.
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    Jun 23, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    I started seriously working out about 5 years ago. Although my workouts would not compare to most guys on here, I have been able to change my physical appearance and my eating habits a lot. Much more conscientious about what I eat.

    I feel as though I'm at a plateau and feeling burned out and discouraged. My desire has decreased dramatically and my enthusiasm about heading to the gym is almost nonexistent. I'm finding that as I age, small nuisance injuries are creating a big frustration.
  • musclepuppy

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    Jun 23, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    It's been about 15 weeks now. Definitely noticeable progress in the arms/chest area. I have one pic that shows a before and after at the 10 week mark. It's probably just beginner gains but, still, happy with them. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, it's been 6 months and 30 pounds. I've started to see muscle development in all parts of my body but was just wondering how long some of you really in shape guys had been at it.
    I started more for health than anything but have been consumed by the results. I figure 6 months and I should be able to reach my goal of another 30 pounds of fat, give or take with muscle gain.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 24, 2011 11:42 AM GMT
    Gosh, about 4.5 years.

    I've gradually gained 30 lbs, but I still don't really look like anything. I'm more a maintainer than a builder.
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    Jun 24, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    ohh I thought the title of this thread was asking something dirty hmmm.......

    anyways I'm going into my 4th month of working out 5 times a week and I'm amazed at how much my body has changed in that short amount of time. I have recieved heaps of compliments from family and friends and i'm using that as motivation to stay dedicated!!
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    Jun 24, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    My results were probably atypical.

    Round 1, when I was nearly 40, it took five months to lose 60lbs and look like the undated physique shots posted in my profile.

    Then I got slammed with some major unrelated health issues and gained 80lbs.

    Round 2, when I was nearly 50, it took about a year (minus some injury setbacks) to lose the 80lbs and look like I do in the datestamped pictures posted in my profile.
  • qd2009

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    Jul 07, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Started 3 months ago. But was a total waste; I didn't eat enough.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Jul 07, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    a long itme cant remember will let u know after i get going again full force.
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    Jul 07, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    Almost exactly 1 year. Just very recently some of my patients were remarking that I was looking like I gained weight...probably because of summer clothes.
    (My trousers told me that 3 months ago)icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 07, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    I've been at it about 4 years now and honestly I feel like I'll hit periods when I really see results and then it plateaus. I've had good results lately with high intensity interval training and really eating better. It took a good year before I started to really see changes though.
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    Jul 07, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    About 6 years - I was 19 when I started.
    Didn't take long to see results, I was pretty skinny back then. Maybe a couple of weeks?

    Over six years, I gained 20 pounds of lean muscle and right now I'm probably the best I've ever looked (body wise). I'm not looking to gain muscle or change anything, really...just want to maintain
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    Jul 07, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
    If you want to get your ideal body, like the body of your dreams - Forever!!

    If you just want to be see noticeable results and want other people to notice it too - three months of serious cutting should be sufficient. People noticed it even when I have my clothes on that I lost weight after 3 months of cutting. Also people would make the comment that I look fit.

    Congrats on your weight loss! Please keep it going! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    If you can extrapolate from my experience, you need at least a year. I've been working out a little over a year and am slowly toning and acquiring muscle mass. I've also noticed that I can better feel the muscles "activate" that are targeted in a given exercise. This feeling of lats contracting during a pull-up or pecs squeezing during a dumbbell press or fly was very gratifying. I inferred, a bit wishfully, that I was at long last more fully benefitting from the exercises, that I had refined my form and intensified the mind-body connection.

    I'm still a little mystified/miffed that I cannot gain muscle and lose the stubborn fat remaining. The two goals would appear at cross-purposes. The more I work out, the more I eat, and the more the nagging little soft spots on my lower back hunker down.

    I imagine the process of getting the best body my genes and age permit will takes yearS (plural). Starting at 40yo probably makes progress slower.