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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    Default What "look" do you prefer?

    We all want to get stronger. Thats a fact. Just curious to know what body type "look" you guys prefer to attain in your pursuit of strength. The muscle magazines allways show a massively built guy with huge pipes and chest. You notice the guys grimace and allways show alot of teeth when photographed? Who finds this to be the ideal look? As a former fattie and a guy who does gain weight very easily the massive muscle look is not where I want to go. I envy the guy who finds it difficult to gain weight. Wish that was my problem. My ideal look of strength is lean wiry "rangy" look. In bootcamp my DI SSgt Andrews had that "rangy" look. He could move like a snake or a wolf and he did perform one arm pullups for all of us to see. He was a VERY fast runner. He did not run aerobically. It was all strength. He had muscles that functioned extremely well and even in a relaxed state he looked like a coiled spring. RELAXED TENSION as Pavels says. ..Dennis

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    Long legs....wavy hair....smooth skin...a bit exotic...almost dangerous...

    oh wait....you mean my own looks?

    sorry about that misunderstanding.

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    I look how I look. I train for the purpose of being healthy, able and strong. If it changes the way I look then it does. If it doesn't, then it doesn't.

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    Okay, first, I'm a 145lb weakling. Always have been. I actually ran across this topic in an article around the time the Thor movie came out. Never seen the site before, and I'm not into bodybuilding at all. I was interested in how Hemsworth put on something like 50lb from his TV role to his movie role. Turns out his trainer included kettlebell work within a broad training program, which got picked up by kettlebell fans around the net as the secret to the actual Norse god Thor's mystical powers.

    So the article starts with "Would you rather look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club or Chris Hemsworth in Thor? Fitness model or super hero?", and a pair of pictures. Personally, the shot of Chris looked a little puffy to me, but he was relaxed. And he'd put on some 50lb for the role. I've always thought Pitt maintains a great physique from film to film, and I walk around within 10lb of his Fight Club size.

    Next paragraph, the author decries Pitt's light weights, high reps, no food routine for Fight Club and answers his own question with "I’m going to guess that most Swole readers would prefer the Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman look".

    Apparently, I was wrong, and in the wrong neighborhood. A few weeks ago, one of the giant strongman competitors at my local gym greeted me with "Hey, big guy!". That's all I have to contribute to the internet today. Enjoy.
    [B][URL="http://ironflinger.blogspot.com"]John Beamon[/URL][/B]
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    [SIZE=2] My thread "Guest User? Really" prompted some 6 pages of discussion on why Pavel's user account had been changed to "Guest User" status. John Du Cane answered in a forthright manner, and I thanked him for his professionalism in this very forum.

    That entire thread was removed from the forum on or around August 26. I've been an HKC and an active, outspoken member in good standing for some 3yrs now, but I don't support this sort of censorship. Look for me on the public web.

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    To be honest, I really like having big shoulders, traps, upper arms, and upper back. Very defined forearms and waist thanks to a fairly low amount of bodyfat are nice. I love having a butt like a cheerleader. Is this vain? I don't care. I also like having straight white teeth, an olive complexion, blue eyes, pretty great looking hair, clean hands, and dressing like a superhero who's bad at hiding his secret identity. If that's vain, I'll take it. I'll call it self respect.
    [COLOR=black][I]Are you a man, a dog, or a monster?[/I][/COLOR]

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    I guess that the way Pavel is built is what I mean by "rangy". Obvious muscle def but not HUUUGE muscularity by any means. Being able to move fast, climb, fight and lift better than most men - without muscles getting in the way. Being able to brush my hair (in my case shave my head..hehe!) or brush my teeth is too important. BUT if I were ever that hoooge I would never wear a speedo...Dennis

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    I've always thought the muscular-and-athletic-but-not-like-a-bodybuilder look was my preference. Leaner and more muscular than average without looking like "I bet he benches and curls a lot".

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    Tune into the Olympics ... watch the male gymnasts ... that's my choice. (choice of how to look, not necessarily what to watch <grin>)
    Be well ... Lee.

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    I like the lean muscular look. I believe that's how truly healthy and fit people should look. But if huge muscles is your thing than go for it!

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    From a muscularity standpoint, I am what I am. I don't get a lot of hypertrophy. I can increase strength, and certainly do. I can maintain and increase strength gains over years if I want to, but I don't look much different. Putting on/taking off fat makes a bigger difference.

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