When you can't compete with the muscle gods, hunks, studs, and hot bods.

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    Jul 09, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    I'm happy the way my body is and how it's progressing. But, as look around this site, magazine adds, and movies... how can I compete with such "perfect" bodies. The hard pecs, tight abs, bulging biceps,and firm asses, all seem to be everyone look at. I've noticed that guys like looking at the sculpted beauties than the average joes. It's just overwhemling sometimes.
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    Don't know if it helps, but I LOVE looking at you...icon_twisted.gif

    However, if you are going to compare your appearance with how other people appear in media, atleast give yourself the advantage of Photoshop! LOL. A lot of work goes into making models and actors look like they appear on television - lighting, make-up, air brushing, etc.

    If you are comparing yourself to the fabulous members of this site, keep in mind that so many of them have been working out and pursuing a healthy lifestyle for a long time.




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    Jul 09, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    No ones bodies are perfect. Dont be too hard on yourself. The guys that are on those magazines...for the most part that is their profession. They spend countless hours training and eating accurate portions of food.
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    Try not to worry about it. Comparing yourself to other guys' bodies will drive you insane. Just be the best you can be.
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    Jul 09, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    Thank you all for the kind words and comments.
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    Jul 09, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    KevinII saidI'm happy the way my body is and how it's progressing. But, as look around this site, magazine adds, and movies... how can I compete with such "perfect" bodies. The hard pecs, tight abs, bulging biceps,and firm asses, all seem to be everyone look at. I've noticed that guys like looking at the sculpted beauties than the average joes. It's just overwhemling sometimes.



    The same way half of them keep up


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    Jul 09, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidTry not to worry about it. Comparing yourself to other guys' bodies will drive you insane. Just be the best you can be.


    exactly! look at them for inspiration to go work out or to try a more challenging routine, but keep in mind that you're working toward YOU.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    KevinII saidI'm happy the way my body is and how it's progressing. But, as look around this site, magazine adds, and movies... how can I compete with such "perfect" bodies. The hard pecs, tight abs, bulging biceps,and firm asses, all seem to be everyone look at. I've noticed that guys like looking at the sculpted beauties than the average joes. It's just overwhemling sometimes.


    I think we'll all been through this phase, wishing that we had pecs like so-and-so, delts like what's-his-name, an ass like what's-his-nuts. I've also admired and wished I had arms like that one gym rat that comes in all the time.

    But then I realized something: why would I spend all that energy pining to look like someone else when I can use it constructively and work on becoming the best me possible? Besides, every body is different and will develop in their own unique way. Who knows? Maybe after some time, some of us will want to look like you.

    Grass is always greener on the other side, so appreciate what you got in your own back yard. Speaking of which, you look like you're going to be in shape soon where I'll want to have a little barbecue in your backyard.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    You don't need to compete. And you definitely don't want to try compete with fantasy. Hot has a million interpretations.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Not really, like Alpha13 said, we each have our own version of what's hot. My ideal body type for a guy is stocky (even slightly chubby), not quite the sculpted adonis, for example. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Don't compete. Develop other skills, like reading or eating chocolate.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    If you try to compete with that your gonna get crazy. When I learned one thing, than its that you need to be satisfied with your self before you can expect someone else to be satisfied with what you offer.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    AMT87 said


    The same way half of them keep up


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    Really? Ya think? I've found more than a couple on this site that were all too obvious Photoshop jobs. One has his face so airbrushed it almost looks like a Disney animation. Another apparently couldn't correctly size the head he pasted on someone else's body.
  • MisterT

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    Jul 09, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    I think we all know the feeling, but competing with the magazine gods and site gods will only depress you, I've been through that many times.

    Most of them don't have real lives, they have to spend every waking moment working on themselves and planning meals, workouts, makeup just to look that good. then what happens when time eventually takes it's toll? They fall apart and don;t have anything else to fall back on.

    I'm not saying there aren't exceptions, some are also very intelligent and have real jobs, but a lot only are successful because of their looks and have nothing when they loose their looks. Not giving any set age either, to those of you that would think I'm saying that we all lose it at a set time, I'm not ageist like that.
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    Jul 09, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    What are you competing for? What's the prize?
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    Jul 09, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    McGay saidWhat are you competing for? What's the prize?


    From my point of view, the prize would be to be able to date one of those "gods". Since you mostly got no chance to land a date with one of them if you don't look that way.
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    Jul 09, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    i have dated ripped bodybuilders that weren't looking for mirror images of themselves. You really can't s predict what another guy desires for date..
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    Jul 09, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidi have dated ripped bodybuilders that weren't looking for mirror images of themselves. You really can't s predict what another guy desires for date..


    Thats true. My expirience says 10% chance. But in the time I tried to date such guys, I mostly had to fight with a weight of 220 pounds, so that might be also the reason I did not have so much luck so far. Now it seems to work better, still no gods, but at least some hotties are coming my way. icon_smile.gif
  • Run4Life83

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    Jul 09, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    Following suit with the rest of the group, be yourself! You look great. Like your profile says, you find Personality better than looks, don't doubt that there are others of us that believe the same thing!icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 09, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    i'd kill a bunny for your body