No one can see the work I've done.

  • DCEric

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    Jul 19, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    Ok so, I've been going to the gym regularly for just over a year now. I have gain a lot of strength, and put on about 35 lbs... but I look as soft as ever (ignore the pics, they are selected from moments when I was tensed up or where the shadows helped.

    How do I get the work I've done to show up? I run (actually my favorite thing to do) for 35 min at ~7 mph every other day, with the other day being for 15 min. I don't think that is the issue. No sweet tooth (although I do have the occasional non-lite beer), don't like fast food, but other than that I eat what I want. Do I need to start counting calories?

    Thanks for your help.
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    Jul 19, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    My situation was similar I weighed 145 and after a year of hard training I am over 180. My friends around town didn't notice it because it is a very gradual change. But when I go across the state to visit my folks and my high school chums they had 35 extra pounds of zombie to deal with and they noticed.
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    Jul 20, 2008 12:35 AM GMT
    maybe its what you wear... wear clothes that'll show off all your hard work... icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 20, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    9 times out of 10 it's the diet! You may think you are eating well but if you are eating "whatever you want", even though you aren't eating a lot of fast food and don't have a sweet tooth (and define an "occasional" non-lite beer) most likely you are still eating more calories than you need if your goal is leaning up.

    Counting your calories for a while would probably be a good idea to see just how many calories you are taking in everyday. You'll most likely be surprised at how many it is!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 20, 2008 9:20 AM GMT
    There's a few things that you can do and things that you're not doing

    1. Shortnsexy's right take a look at your diet
    cut out all fastfood and a lot of the fats and carbs

    2. Looking at your pictures... I don't think you look "soft" at all
    but you might want to focus on the areas that will transform your shape now
    after a year your body has gotten used to workouts
    Time to kick it up a notch
    To get that V... shape in your torso
    you need to work on your back and shoulders specifically
    Take a look on RJ and the net for workouts designed for that purpose
    you start off with these two things and you'll start seeing results
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    Jul 20, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    "Results" are mostly an illusion.

    I have the same problem as you. I gained about 20 pounds last year, but you'd never know it--even by progress photos. I lift the same or more poundage than most of the buff guys at the gym, and I still don't look nearly as buff as they do.

    The illusion, however, is in definition. Someone who is 5'10", 150lbs and really defined inevitably looks subjectively more muscular than someone who is 190lbs and less defined. The bang for your buck is going to come from definition, and alas, not from general size. It's not a _total_ illusion; someone who weighs 150 lbs and has 5% bodyfat has a lean mass of 142.5 lbs, whereas someone who weighs 170 and has a 15% bodyfat has a lean mass of 145 lbs. The heavier guy is heavier, but probably doesn't look at helluva lot more muscular than the lighter guy, despite the 20 lb difference in weight.

    So while you've put on some good mass, if you want people to see the work, leaning down is going to give you more bang for your buck then trying to put on more lean mass while keeping the same percentage of body fat (which actually means you're increasing fat mass).

    And while steady-state running can be fun; sustained aerobic activity is probably not the most efficient way to lean down and likely does have detriment to maintaining lean mass. Interval training might be something to look into--especially if you're only going to do it for 15 minutes.
  • DCEric

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    Jul 21, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    LOL!

    Thanks for the tips...As for the beer.. one per week, 5 a month tops.

    I guess I posted this knowing people who go after the food thing, but needed to here someone else say it. The other tips will be helpful too.

    Thanks all.
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    Jul 21, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]DCEric said[/cite]
    I guess I posted this knowing people who go after the food thing, but needed to here someone else say it. The other tips will be helpful too.
    [quote]

    I was gonna say the same thing.

    I kept a food journal for a week, writing down everything I ate, and how many calories.

    What ended up working best for me at first was dividing up the total number of calories over more meals. So, if you eat 3 meals a day, change it to 5 meals instead, but keep the number of calories the same.