How long did it take you to build your physique?

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    Oct 19, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    How long did it take you to build your physique? I'm asking this because I'm wondering how long it's going to take me to reach my goal of getting a hot body.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    I wish I could say I've ever stuck to a workout regimen more than 3 weeks. I always break it and don't return for weeks...

    I guess this my "natural" build... But I hope to put on 20 lbs, I've given myself a New Year deadline.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidI wish I could say I've ever stuck to a workout regimen more than 3 weeks. I always break it and don't return for weeks...

    I guess this my "natural" build... But I hope to put on 20 lbs, I've given myself a New Year deadline.

    Are you serious? I have a hard time believing that you don't do any strength training at all unless your job consists of manual labor.
    Edit: I just read on your page that you work out 5 days a week. I knew you were bsing me. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 10:58 AM GMT
    I'd like to know this too. Ive had O.K results since December and dropped 40 pounds. I've gained some muscle too but seem to have plateaud (sp) since July.
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:03 AM GMT
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    ThePenIsMyTier saidI wish I could say I've ever stuck to a workout regimen more than 3 weeks. I always break it and don't return for weeks...

    I guess this my "natural" build... But I hope to put on 20 lbs, I've given myself a New Year deadline.

    Are you serious? I have a hard time believing that you don't do any strength training at all unless your job consists of manual labor.
    Edit: I just read on your page that you work out 5 days a week. I knew you were bsing me. icon_smile.gif



    This profile is 3 years old. I haven't worked out in about 7 months icon_sad.gif

    The pictures are all between 2 weeks and 3 months old. (With the exception of the upside-down picture, the "O.o" Picture, and the golden background one.)
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    A year to get where I am now....

    I'd say a year to really get big results, if you are doing it in moderation. So for me thats about 4x a week.

    If you have the time and drive to gym it 6x a week, you could shave off a few months I'm sure. If you are eating like a machine, rather than a person who eats what he enjoys... again... results will happen faster.

    I have "improved" my diet - ie, trying to eat cleaner and healthier, but I dont really restrict myself from things that I like. Yes, sometimes I'll treat myself to that piece of key lime pie that I just love.... *gasp*
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:45 AM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidA year to get where I am now....

    I'd say a year to really get big results, if you are doing it in moderation. So for me thats about 4x a week.

    If you have the time and drive to gym it 6x a week, you could shave off a few months I'm sure. If you are eating like a machine, rather than a person who eats what he enjoys... again... results will happen faster.

    I have "improved" my diet - ie, trying to eat cleaner and healthier, but I dont really restrict myself from things that I like. Yes, sometimes I'll treat myself to that piece of key lime pie that I just love.... *gasp*


    About the same (a year and 3 months). 4x a week, eating more but not to the point of puking.

    Just did some measurements again and found that my chest grew another inch since July. Slowly but surely I'll get to 40 inches (my goal).
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:47 AM GMT
    46 years.
  • BrownsTown

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    Oct 19, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
    For me, 90% of it was this year; started working out (P90X) on January 4th and did the program twice. I like the results, but I won't sugarcoat it; it was damn hard and took a lot of mental discipline, both the workouts and the diet.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    I'm at 5 years so far. I was a skinny little punk, not that I'm huge now but for the longest time I couldn't get up to 140.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    I tell people it's still in process, probably always will be.

    I've probably been exercising regularly for about 10 years, but as time has gone on, probably more seriously. I learned the basics of it prior to 2002 and did some regular exercising in the 1990's but to go to the gym and make it a part of my lifestyle, it was 2002....

    Morning cardio has been about 5 years.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    I started out a tall skinny pale kid who swam and rode his bike - and ran relay races. I was a bean pole. At about 16, I started running track and the coach started us on lifting. I learned all the basics and began to fill out and get better looking almost overnight. Really, it probably took a few months. I remember a guy I hadn't seen for a few months said, "You look a whole lot better". I then started my true love of sports, H20-polo. The work outs were so intense that I got more and more buff right away.

    Now - all these years later (30) I have kept up pretty much the same work out routine in the gym........just to stay in top condition. I'd advise you to get some good training at first so you know just where you're going, and then stay with it for life. When you get to be in your 50's, you can still be looking and feeling your absolute best!

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    Oct 19, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    I focused on weight loss for a year, and I've been lifting free weights for the past year anda half icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    33 years and I am still having a hard time or be comfy in my own skin. icon_sad.gif

    If you know how fat I was, you'll know why. icon_wink.gif

    (Serious training and dieting time: about 2 years on and off)
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    God not that I even have a "physique"now. But I am much improved than when I started.

    I have been lifting for about 15 months going 4-5 days a week for 1-2 hours.


    I am no where near where I want to be and kinda plateaued since May after my last cut failed. I just decided to put a concentrated effort towards bulking again on Monday and hope to break my plateau. I just have to get over the fact that my fat tummy will b getting fatter and try to gain 20lbs before I even attempt cutting again. If I go from 165 to 185 I think I will have a better base of muscle to aid in my next cut.


    Anyway I am interested to see more responses to this topic so I can guestimate how long I have until I reach my goals.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    11 years.

    People are generally way too unrealistic with their expectations in this area.

    Also, the notion that 3x VS 4x VS 6x is a key factor is usually always misguided, as is the notion that the scale is a useful metric.

    /rant off
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    After college I was a professional kayaker for seven years and didn't do anything besides boat. When I moved to DC I started lifting weights and running. That was about ten years ago. I was just your average gym goer...not very focused and just doing stuff that I liked.

    I started doing crossfit about two and a half years ago and definitely feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. It took about six months to really start seeing results.

    I still have a lot of things I'd like to improve. It's always a work in progress but a lot of fun messing around with your own health and fitness. It can always be better.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    ive been at it for 10 months. I would think I am at least two years off from being anywhere close to most of the guys on here.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    I've been going to the gym on a consistent basis for about 8 months now and I have def noticed changes. The thing you need to remember is that it doesn't happen over night, you need to be motivated and dedicated to working out if you want to make improvements.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    i started working out when i turned 40 - never really touched a weight or any fitness equipment really prior to that. big mistake on my part! You're at the perfect age to get started, but as i have found out, goals will always change and adjust. Just as soon as you get one area looking good, another wont look as well, and you'll focus on that. Its an on going process, much like a sculptor that never finishes he artwork - and to me, thats the beauty of it - the human body, as it ages and grows, constantly changes, as does your perception of it.

    So - perhaps you shouldnt focus on getting a 'hot body' - but rather focus on getting a body that you are happy being in - and constantly strive to make it better! I find that to be my greatest motivator, and what has propelled me in being in the best shape and look of my life at 52.

    So in short - there really is no time period for getting a hot body - but rather, its an on-going process, that depending on your level of dedication to the workouts and the diet, will progress at a pace that you are happy with
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidAfter college I was a professional kayaker for seven years and didn't do anything besides boat.

    What does one do as a "professional kayaker" ?
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    I started working out when I was 29, determined not to turn 30 still hating my body. After 17 years, I can say that it's definitely a life-long process. At 47, I'm not so much concerned with being the biggest guy, but being the healthiest. I'm in the best shape of my life right now and plan to continue improving for the rest of my days.
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    joe122 saidHow long did it take you to build your physique? I'm asking this because I'm wondering how long it's going to take me to reach my goal of getting a hot body.

    "Hot" is subjective and how long it'd take you depends on a variety of factors, i.e. age, genetics, determination and consistency in diet, training and supplementation. As for how long it took me to go from "flab to fab" Round 1 (my undated profile pics at age 40) took 5 months and Round 2 (dated profile pics at about 50 after major health setbacks) about a year. Not sure if I've achieved "hot" yet but I think I'm less than a year away. Having observed the rapid growth rate of hawt Italian New York boyz ages 19-24 at my old Long Island Powerhouse Gym I'd imagine it'd take you far less time.
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    joe122 saidHow long did it take you to build your physique? I'm asking this because I'm wondering how long it's going to take me to reach my goal of getting a hot body.


    2 years. Do it slow and do it correctly man, cheaters using steroids and other stuff get inflated fast, but the faster you gain it, the faster you lose it!
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
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    ThePenIsMyTier saidI wish I could say I've ever stuck to a workout regimen more than 3 weeks. I always break it and don't return for weeks...

    I guess this my "natural" build... But I hope to put on 20 lbs, I've given myself a New Year deadline.

    Are you serious? I have a hard time believing that you don't do any strength training at all unless your job consists of manual labor.
    Edit: I just read on your page that you work out 5 days a week. I knew you were bsing me. icon_smile.gif



    This profile is 3 years old. I haven't worked out in about 7 months icon_sad.gif

    The pictures are all between 2 weeks and 3 months old. (With the exception of the upside-down picture, the "O.o" Picture, and the golden background one.)

    You probably have good genes then. In the Camelback picture, you definitely look like you've been working out your chest, shoulders, and arms.