Does your body type match your favorite sport?

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    Aug 21, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    In college I knew a guy who had a classic "pit bull" physique, but he wasn't a sprinter nor was he into contact sports. You could often find his 5'4" self charging around a basketball court on wintry or rainy days. And his main jock passion was to grind out mileage on the xc team and go for hours-long runs during down time.
    The star quarterback of my high school's football team was the shortest kid on the entire squad.
    Recently I found out that a towering beanpole at my job had never gotten serious with "hoops" or swimming. He'd attained high state rankings in high school, and three college intramural champion trophies, in wrestling.

    For every few thousand barrel-chested power lifters, there has to exist a lanky one. Not all tennis players have string bean builds - take a look at the Williams sisters. And so on. When you have the "heart" and the ability, whether or not you fit the physical stereotype is beside the point in any sport.

    So...when you compare your body type with your teammates and/or competitors, would you say you're "normal" or an exception?

  • danners

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    Aug 21, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    Normal. My body was able to grow into and adapt to my sport. That's one of the advantages of playing a sport young and sticking to it through the years.
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    my favorite sports are tennis and football. my body type is perfect for tennis and not so great for football...lol
  • Timbales

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    Aug 21, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    no, I'm not built well for volleyball
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 21, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    I`m probably too heavy and muscled for my favourite exercise,distance running;about fourteen stone and six foot one.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    I think I am still built for swimming, but maybe not for the events I used to swim, like the 400 IM and the 200 Fly. Probably built (and training for) mid-distance freestyle now.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    I've been told I have more of a wrestlers build, but I've played soccer my whole life.
  • errol88

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    Aug 21, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    I have long limbs, so they're perfect for volleyball; only problem is that I'm short of a male volleyball player.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    My body is perfectly proportionate for what I practice...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Kinda ... since my role isn't depending on fitness only .. its like 80% mind/Sense ... 20%Physical
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Im going to say no since I don't have a favorite sport. I pretty much play everything or would play everything, just not for a legit sports team.
  • laxdude25

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    Aug 21, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    My favorite sports are, in order: sailing, soccer, lacrosse, squash, surfing, skiing. I'm lean/muscular, but with very big muscular legs. So pretty perfect for sailing, soccer, squash and skiing. Wish I had been able to build more upper body bulk for lacrosse and surfing, but for lacrosse my speed made up for it. Surfing...well, I guess I'll always be lousy but enthusiastic.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    I have the quintessential 400 sprinters build and stride.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Sadly, no. I love hockey and baseball, both of which require a lot of "meat" and size. Boo to the asian genes!
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    Aug 21, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    My fave sports are gymnastics, volleyball and bodybuilding.
    So depending on my weight at the moment, Yes on all three! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    nerdjock76 saidSadly, no. I love hockey and baseball, both of which require a lot of "meat" and size. Boo to the asian genes!


    HEY!!!
    Dont blame it on your Asian genes.
    Eat more steak and rice, and milk!
    Less cardio. Bench, squat, deadlift. There you go. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    nerdjock76 saidSadly, no. I love hockey and baseball, both of which require a lot of "meat" and size. Boo to the asian genes!


    HEY!!!
    Dont blame it on your Asian genes.
    Eat more steak and rice, and milk!
    Less cardio. Bench, squat, deadlift. There you go. icon_wink.gif


    Welllll, that's not gonna get me another 6 inches in height will it? lol
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    Aug 21, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    Whenever I get the chance (which is extremely seldom) I like to play volleyball and kayak.
    I "think" my body type matches them, but I never knew there was a stereotype body for either of those sports.
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    Aug 21, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    In the competitive sports I played, I had the typical build. I swam and did crew and I'm tall, have broad shoulders, and long limbs.

    When I went rock climbing, people would always comment on my climbing technique. I used a lot more lower body strength than upper body. I would whip my legs around to the next hold and lift myself up that way. It worked for me.
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    Aug 21, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    nerdjock76 said
    GigoloAssassin said
    nerdjock76 saidSadly, no. I love hockey and baseball, both of which require a lot of "meat" and size. Boo to the asian genes!


    HEY!!!
    Dont blame it on your Asian genes.
    Eat more steak and rice, and milk!
    Less cardio. Bench, squat, deadlift. There you go. icon_wink.gif


    Welllll, that's not gonna get me another 6 inches in height will it? lol


    Thats all you man, its all up to you.
  • tdot46

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    Aug 21, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    these days my fave sport is softball, so ya, i'd say i have a softball body icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    nerdjock76 said
    GigoloAssassin said
    nerdjock76 saidSadly, no. I love hockey and baseball, both of which require a lot of "meat" and size. Boo to the asian genes!


    HEY!!!
    Dont blame it on your Asian genes.
    Eat more steak and rice, and milk!
    Less cardio. Bench, squat, deadlift. There you go. icon_wink.gif


    Welllll, that's not gonna get me another 6 inches in height will it? lol


    Thats all you man, its all up to you.


    I call BS. I eat steak, rice, and chug gallons of milk, but I remain an unimpressive 5'4''. icon_cry.gif

    But good thing I love gymnastics and Capoeira, so I don't mind my height at all. icon_biggrin.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Aug 21, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Not at all! My favorite sport to play is basketball, but being only 5'8 (generously) is not idea for playing hoops.
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    When I did gymnastics 'til 14, yes (and now that I'm getting back into it).

    However for crew, it's another story. In high school I was able to row bow since our town is primarily Italian, ergo, not the tallest of people. I was primarily a coxswain, and then was recruited for college. Although I'm short--5'5--I've a natural stockier build which made maintaining 130lbs or less harder, so that blew. I was definitely jealous (and a little grossed out) of the other coxswains that were 5'8/5'9 and 115-120lbs.

    Definitely glad that's over, but I love the sport and my experience with it; very rewarding.
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    MMA, boxing, wrestling, football: yes.
    Tumbling is the aberration, and it amuses my buddies no end to see the big dumb redneck do a series of backflips.