Need an objective assessment here guys...

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    May 04, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    What better way to torpedo your self esteem?

    Anyhoo, there's a "fitness" picture on my profile taken today. What I'm curious about is an overall opinion of what I've done to my physique.

    Now for the baggage part. I've been aware for a while that I have a slight muscle dysmorphia problem and have days where I see myself and think I'm an absolute scarecrow - which, in fact, I used to be. I used to be a collegiate bike racer and was around 4% BF once upon a time so I walk a very fine line between not wanting to be "fat" and feeling like I have no muscle development, hence the difficulty with an objective self-assessment.

    Any constuctive feedback would be really cool.
  • Timbales

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    May 04, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    I would say for such a tall guy you look very well muscled. I think you've got a great build.
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    May 04, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    I cant tell about your posture tho....

    Are you standing like that intentionally or do to muscle weakness in certain muscles?
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    May 04, 2008 8:56 AM GMT
    Quite possibly the latter. Please elaborate.

    caslon saidI cant tell about your posture tho....

    Are you standing like that intentionally or do to muscle weakness in certain muscles?
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    May 04, 2008 12:09 PM GMT
    I have a problem with the word "critic-ing"
    Caslon is right it's hard to tell by the picture that you posted
    but everybody has room for improvement
    I'll give you a word of advice As someone who was into competitive biking myself
    Your body will build and keep muscle in your lower half at the expense of your upper torso
    so you're going to have to put extra effort in keeping and building your chest, shoulders and arms
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    May 04, 2008 12:21 PM GMT
    I no longer compete in cycling. I still ride though, not willing to give it up.

    I think what started me on this was an odd compliment I got the other day. An Australian I met noticed that I worked out and when I asked what made him think I spent time in the gym, he said I looked "unnatural." Kind of hit me the same way "you're thin" does. I never know whether it means "not fat" or "hey, look at the toothpick."

    I also wonder in a roundabout sort of way if I'm overlooking something in my workouts. I feel like I have a well rounded program, but I've been wrong many times before.
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    May 04, 2008 12:26 PM GMT
    You look like you are in pretty good shape to me...

    I might concentrate a little more heavily on your shoulders and arms though if you are really concerned or interested...
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    May 04, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    JustJohn saidI think what started me on this was an odd compliment I got the other day. An Australian I met noticed that I worked out and when I asked what made him think I spent time in the gym, he said I looked "unnatural."


    Eh, take what us Aussies say with a grain of salt icon_razz.gif

    I think you look pretty damn good and I'd be stoked to look like you!

    I think what Caslon might be refering to is your stance in the photo, your resting on one leg which is throwing you off center and forcing you to lean over. Which btw is totally normal when you are resting on one leg hehe
    I do the same thing and constantly switch when I'm forced to stand still for something
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    May 07, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    I'm in agreement with ITJock. You look like you have great frontal development. It could be your stance, but you look like you could use some bulk on your shoulders to balance your body out. Also work on the back and lats to add thickness up top. Good luck.
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    May 07, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    you have some nice tone and with more work you can bring out the definition more.

    I also recommend to stop second guessing yourself and watch your posture. The picture I seen is of someone is not sure of himself. Peoples opinions of you shouldn't matter.

    There is a saying opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one and most of them stink.

    Now if you aren't happy with your physique then you need to sit down write out what you dont like and come up with a plan to either work with it or change it.

    Its like the people who complain about their nose of face etc., when there really isnt anything wrong and they just need to realize happiness comes from within.
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    May 07, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    john good tone taller guys have a harder time to show muscle ROM on most gym machines not geared to a guy 6 6

    Keep it up
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    May 08, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    Hey thanks for the feedback guys. To the above comments, it's not so much an issue of what other people think as it is a perceptual problem. I actually have days where I see my own reflection as much thinner than I am in reality. I've done some reading up on it and, though I don't think my case is extreme, it is something that drives other men to excesses of diet/exercise, and steroids. Being realistic about your genetic inheritance and potential is difficult enough. Unfortunately, most formulaic assessments also do not apply because I am usually beyond the generic range they are designed for.
    So...I think I got what I was looking for from the majority of you guys - basically that I'm not a stick figure this week.