How many lbs is too much

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    Sep 20, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    I was just wondering...how many lbs do you think is too much to have on you personally at whatever height you happen to be.

    Is there such a thing, I don't think so I've seen some pretty big guys and never failed to be anything other than impressed in real life. I had a 240lb personal trainer once that was shorter than me and another guy at my last gym that wasn't even that big but had huge strechmarks on the side of his chest, man looked like he was busting out of his own skin Hawt! and guys I was with said it was tragic he didn't stop 40lbs ago.

    I do personally think that a guy can looked to ripped once he drops his bf into the sub 10% range

    An ex bf of mine said i was starting to look deformed.... another friend that I couldn't gain the same perspective when looking in the mirror you never get the same perspective how you look too thick from the side.

    I generally disagree think easily 20lbs, 30lbs even 40lbs+ before i could reach that stage when I would start alienating myself from general society (wishful thinking on my part)

    But I'm interested to hear other peoples perspectives on themselves
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm shootin for 180. I see some guys on here 5"10' and 180 and i think it looks great. Evenly distrubuted that is icon_smile.gif
    It's more of a see as I go. If i feel deformed of course stop! lol icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    I'm 5'9 and I was pushing 220 lbs here a couple months ago (200 right now). I've got massive stretch marks on the sides of my chest, around my arms and legs, and down my back. I'm not horribly lean right now, but I still stand out in a room because I'm so damn wide.

    If you carry more muscle people are gonna treat you different: the general responses are either jealousy or fear, but you get some weird ones like blatant adoration and guys who wanna try to kick your ass because they feel threatened. Even an extra 10 lbs of muscle will get those responses from people, but you won't start "alienating" yourself from society unless you're real freaky.

    One thing that's really changed for me is I don't associate with the same people I did before I got big. Not because I had a problem with them, but because they had a problem with me being built the way I am.

    I have absolutely no problems being my size, and I would like to hold a solid 220. It really gets down to what you're comfortable with and to hell with anyone who has an issue with it.
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:36 AM GMT
    For me, it's a matter of function over form. I prefer the "lean and mean" physique right now. Weightlifting isn't the only physical activity that I enjoy. I also like running, mountain biking, and other stuff that requires agility. If I were a 200lbs slab of beef, it would greatly hinder my ability to do those other activities. The biggest I've ever gotten was 190lbs. It was kinda nice being that big. But it just killed my running and made me sluggish.

    If my joints ever get rickety from age and I can't run anymore, then I'll consider putting all my effort into bodybuilding. I don't have a target weight in mind. But I don't want to get freaky big.

    I've always liked Lee Labrada's physique. He's got the right amount of muscularity and symmetry for his height/frame, without looking too freaky. I guess that would be my ideal physique.

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    Sep 20, 2009 3:42 AM GMT

    For me? 200lbs. I do not feel right ... 175 = extremely lean, 185 = optimal, 195 = getting a little concerned, 200 = do something now.

    weight for someone else? I don't really care. If my guy is 200+ lbs, I find that to be more of a turn on than turn off.
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    ^ would be so much damn hotter with a little more body fat and body hair. But some people like me really don't care for the shrink wrapped and shellac look.
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    Sep 20, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    How can a person say what is too much for another?


    Individually we all have a weight/size in mind that we think is ideal.


    Isn't that what we should strive for?
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    Sep 20, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 said^ would be so much damn hotter with a little more body fat and body hair. But some people like me really don't care for the shrink wrapped and shellac look.


    It's because he used Pam cooking spray and a couple weeks on a diuretic LOL!
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    Sep 20, 2009 1:16 PM GMT
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    I´m about 180lbs, and am OK with that.... though would like to reorganise it a bit... icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 20, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    If you have stretch marks you have a problem. period
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    Sep 20, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    i am around 180 (down from 192).

    i like to stabilize in the 170-175 range with a body fat less than 15%.

    my upper body is shaping nicely lately, but i need to be more disciplined with eating.
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    Sep 20, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    Unless it's from being overweight in your younger years. which is my case. icon_sad.gif I would have thought they'd be gone by now.. guess i'll give it a few more years. lol
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Sep 20, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    i weigh like 235 right now, but I think it depends on ur heigh and body type. My friend weights 225 but is 5'9 and has like titties and tiny legs lol. So its all different. Personally I like a guy to be a little under me in weight, but theres guys on here that are 160 that I think are so gorgeous
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    Sep 20, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    Flexibility. When you loose your fluidity and begin to walk and bend like a cartoon character and a robot, then, for me, its too much bulk. If you are bulky to begin with, then that's just the way you are built. But when you look like you are always counting from 1 to 10 outside the gym, then its time to take a yoga/stretching/pilates class.
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    Sep 20, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    xrichx said

    I've always liked Lee Labrada's physique. He's got the right amount of muscularity and symmetry for his height/frame, without looking too freaky. I guess that would be my ideal physique.

    leelabrada2.jpg


    It's all relative. I think this guy does look freaky, and can't imagine ever waking up next to him.

    RespectyourselfI'm shootin for 180. I see some guys on here 5"10' and 180 and i think it looks great. Evenly distrubuted that is
    It's more of a see as I go. If i feel deformed of course stop! lol


    You are already gorgeous, either way.

    Flex89If you carry more muscle people are gonna treat you different: the general responses are either jealousy or fear


    Bad assumption, and incorrect. Some of us just aren't into that look.
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    Sep 20, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    Anything worth doing should be worth doing well.

    If your goal is the most muscular development, then, there is never too much. If your goal is being the best motorcycle rider, or basketball player, more power to you. Bodybuilding isn't about pounds, per say, but, more about "lines"/ aesthetics.

    If you like small and fat, that's fine. If you like big and lean, that's fine, too. If you like big and fat, or if you like tall and starving, that's o.k., too. We all have our prefrences. Surely, a 36 year old understands that, but, then, perhaps, not.

    You don't require the approval of the pack. Do what makes you happy.

    One thing I've found over the years, having been 175# at 5'5" in high school, and 230 in my late 20's and late 40's is that folks that are small and insecure often lash out. Sometimes, they'll tell you how hot you are and if you reject them spew venom. It's really rather funny.

    Sexual attraction is what it is. There's something very primal about confidence and size that even if the smallest say they don't like does affect them. I've seen it around me for three decades.

    Folks exuding strength and self-confidence interact differently with folks, and often end up with a more favorable outcome. It's the nature of things.

  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 20, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Anyone that can carry a lot of weight and still be well proportioned will always get my attention. When I see a guy in a crowded room bigger than me I always have to do a double take, triple take, hell I should just take a picture. That's not to say that the person is my "type" or that I want to date the guy, it is more admiration for their hard efforts or curiosity.

    For me, I think I could get bigger, but I want to be able to still fit in a suit in a reasonable manner. My goal usually is to get more defined.
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    Sep 20, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    thanks badmikeyt!

    Looks like it really is a individual view on one's self. It's usually different per person. icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 20, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    I'm all for the do what you want like no ones watching mentality and I seldom consider the feelings of the pack unless they happen to be individuals which I can gain materially from respecting their opinions or an individual who I particularly respect.

    But that said there's a line there somewhere where you cross over that alienates you from humanity. It's not so much resent or lashing out on their part but rather a lack of understanding of others motivations

    There's a stage where the majority of people are impressed and admire, a stage where it's a well that's not for me but it's still impressive and admirable and a stage where it crosses over to a wtf? I don't comprehend point


    Also most size minded people when they start out are going towards a particular number but get there and aren't satisfied, loose perspective on where they are at

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    Sep 20, 2009 11:04 PM GMT


    My goal was 180....at 5% bf....im at 170 at 8%...started at 168 with 15% bf a year ago....but when I look in the mirror I dont see much of a difference! The numbers are there...im getting somewhere...I just dont think I'm ever going to be happy, I just hope someone will tell me if I start to look a bit too funky haha
  • swimbikerun

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    Sep 20, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    It is hard to reconcile ideal body image with reality. Since recently losing a lot of weight, I get more attention and I feel great but I still feel like I haven't "arrived" at my ideal body.

    I would say, with regard to your question, I think it must be first answered: what is your daily/weekly caloric intake and expenditure?

    Armed with those figures, anyone can then make decisions about how much body fat is being carried, and how much should be shed (or gained).
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:18 AM GMT
    civicevolution said

    My goal was 180....at 5% bf....im at 170 at 8%...started at 168 with 15% bf a year ago....but when I look in the mirror I dont see much of a difference! The numbers are there...im getting somewhere...I just dont think I'm ever going to be happy, I just hope someone will tell me if I start to look a bit too funky haha


    Okay nothing personal but you don't look 8% and I don't think you can hold 5% for any extended period of time icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 28, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
    I'm 185 at 6-feet tall, and if I could gain it as all muscle, I think I would like to be 20-to-50 pounds heavier. I say "I think" because never having been that weight, I'm not sure how I would feel, and if I found being that carrying around another 50-pounds of muscle made me feel lousy, I'm sure I would change my mind. As far as other men, I like them big - and almost nothing is "too big" as long as it's solid muscle. I have noticed that bodybuilders who compete in the 185-to-230 range can look "freaky" (by some standards) when in competition, but just look "well built" when you put them in street clothes. Some of the pros, who compete in the 250-to-300 pound range can look very good on stage, but in street clothes the just look like very large men and don't necessarily convey the same athletic look of the guys in the lower weight clases.
  • victor8

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    Sep 29, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    i weigh 178 right now....i wouldn't mind a few more lbs....i also like functional training...i switch it up all the time from bosu, plyo, weights, functional, pilates...i want a good athletic lean functionally athletically fit body...i abused anabolic steroids for awhile about 10 years ago, i got to 215...i was emotional crazy and depressed and big...a little pinheaded for my frame...it took me 5 yrs to lean down and rid myself of the bloat it caused...so right now i'm good...i think pro bodybuilders are a bit freakish looking...and feeding all that muscle it way too much work
  • victor8

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    Sep 29, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
    drew, i think you'd be great w/10lbs more....but from your comments you want to be a BIG BOY, its hard work...good luck!