To guys with great bodies on here - Curious - Background in HS/College athletics or not?

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    I was just curious....how many of you guys that have great bodies here actually didn't play athletics in HS/College?

    I just wonder how many made amazing transformations later in life without that background to help them accomplish it. (and how you did it) Thanks.
  • Kel_

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    I didn't play much sports during high school or college in an academic way, but I did play some street hockey when I was growing up. It's a Canadian thing.

    Anyways, I'm one of those people with high metabolism rate, and I bike during the warmer climate a day, down to the beach nearby. It's about 12km one way.
  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    I started swimming competitively at 14, and swam at a pretty high level. When I got to college, though, I realized I wasn't cut out for the rigor of Division I swimming, so I started doing triathlons. I've been doing them now for 28 years. The discipline of swimming 5 hours a day set me up pretty well for that.
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    I played tennis but was otherwise a band and academic nerd. However, I did start working out with weights in early high school on my own and I think that's a key to setting metabolism and muscle memory for life. Athletics certainly helps but I know a LOT of former high school and college athletes that look like crap later on. It's never too late; it's just harder and slower if you haven't done it before. (That's an opinion, not necessarily a fact.)
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    Never played a sport in HS or College, or picked up a dumbbell until I was 26. I don't think it's ever too late to get fit.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    I've boxed since age 15, and had some football and rugby matches with friends, but i've worked through most of secondary school and all of undergraduate uni so that took up much of my time and I never got to experience the North American phenomenon of being a soccer mum's son.
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    Oct 29, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    Played some sports but just with friends and my brother. Never competitively and I sucked at all sports and was never really interested. But I was always interested in improving my physique even though I was always slim. Just didn't have the opportunity and encouragement back then. I did 1 year in a gym 20+ years ago but didn't know what I was doing and no info to help me. Later spent some years in the gym on and off and not getting anywhere. So finally got exasperated at my lack of progress and decided to step up my game by reading/learning.
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    Oct 29, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    I'll leave it to others to assess my body, but for whatever it's worth, here's my experience: I did play lots of sports growing up. . . and was actually fairly decent, particularly at baseball and basketball. . . but I was usually the smallest kid in class. In HS I barely weighed 100 lbs. The summer after HS I started lifting weights and noticed gains within a few months. After that, I never stopped.
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    Oct 29, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    I'm assuming I fit the description of having a "great body"; nonetheless:

    I was a fat kid growing up. My parents encouraged my brothers and I to play sports, something I did not want to, or as I later found out, I didn't want to play the sports my brothers played (football, baseball). I tried out for basketball and loved the running side of it.

    I ran cross country and track my last year in high school. In college I did not run cross country until my senior year, battling Freshman, Sophomore and Junior year poundage.

    After college when I was on my own, I began running marathons, eating right, and lifting more. After 27 marathons, countless tris and all the training that went into those competitions, I decided a year ago to try and put on muscle and mass; the results are posted in my profile.

    I think there's always fear in me of that fat kid showing up again; I'm in a place to kick his ass if he does.
  • Vaughn

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    Oct 29, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    Define "great body".
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    Oct 29, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    I never played sports in high school or college. I was always naturally thin and toned. I started working out three years ago.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    Don't know exactly what qualifies as a "great body", but I do gymnastics.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Yes. Golden Key National Honor Society.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    So, you all agree, you think you have great bodies?

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    Oct 29, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    Don't know if I qualify as a "great body" but I didn't have defined clearly visiable abs until I hit 40.

    Had ZERO athletic ability in HS and was rail thin.

    I am still scrawny but can lift a refrigerator over My head with one hand and I wouldn't recomend starting a fight with Me unless You are REALLY sure You can win...

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  • TrainHard

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    Oct 29, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    I was too small in High School to play. I was actually on the Chess Team (Crazy I know).

    Started heavy weight lifting when i graduated from College. I am a beast now in Flag Football!
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    track and field...sprints in high school so I always was into working my legs and it was the favorite and easiest bodypart to work
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    Working at it to attain a "great body", but I didn't participated in any sports until after HS.
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Cash saidDon't know if I qualify as a "great body" but I didn't have defined clearly visiable abs until I hit 40.

    Had ZERO athletic ability in HS and was rail thin.

    I am still scrawny but can lift a refrigerator over My head with one hand and I wouldn't recomend starting a fight with Me unless You are REALLY sure You can win...

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    Let's fight!icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    I was a moderately overweight band geek in high school.

    Now I have a complete home gym (all Olympic freeweights and stuff), and ride 2-3 hours a day on bicycles (either mountain or road).
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    Cash saidDon't know if I qualify as a "great body" but I didn't have defined clearly visiable abs until I hit 40.

    Had ZERO athletic ability in HS and was rail thin.

    I am still scrawny but can lift a refrigerator over My head with one hand and I wouldn't recomend starting a fight with Me unless You are REALLY sure You can win...

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    Oct 29, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    i was a fat kid in primary and middle school. i was a late bloomer and later in high school during my junior year, i joined rowing/crew and swimming, which continued through to university. however, i was a lean body type at this point, weighing between 155lbs and 165lbs.

    i started becoming more muscular about 3 yrs ago when i changed my gym routine to workout the stress of a major breakup and i wanted to bulk up. now i weigh 185lbs.

  • Tantor

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    Oct 29, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    ingenious84 saidNever played a sport in HS or College, or picked up a dumbbell until I was 26. I don't think it's ever too late to get fit.


    LMAO! so great, and so true, Im on the path to a healthier, more fit lifestyle and for some reason I've noticed a lot more guys joining the gym no a days, most of the time not necessarily to bulk up or to have beach bodies, but to be healthy. My point is that I agree with "ingenious84" its never too late if you have the right mindset, and the drive icon_smile.gif I just began my routines, and gl with yours icon_smile.gif))
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    Oct 30, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    Not sure if I am in the "Great" category but I didn't start lifting until I was 22, no sports in high school/college.
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    Oct 30, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Lifting, riding a bike, for 38 years plus. Played ice hockey in mid 30s to early 40s. Some football in high school. I weighed 185 at about 10% in high school.