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 Sweet_Danimal
Joined: 6/22/2012
Msg: 32
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Your body shape is primarily determined by your genetics, your exercise routine only has the ability to enhance what you already have.


One AGAIN, you're getting technical - your skeletal structure determines your overall body dimensions - fair enough - that's genetic - but what hangs off of it is entirely up to your own disposition. When I say 'Shape' I mean the physical condition of your body, NOT just a physical dimension.

Neglecting exercise has the ability to damage what you've been given genetically, so please don't try to spin this like it's entirely about genetics - it's not.
 Just___Jim
Joined: 10/21/2012
Msg: 33
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/19/2012 4:08:09 PM
Message: ^^^
I agree, and I think a lot of people confuse being in shape with being in condition.


And if you can lay flat on the floor & get up without using your hands that means you still got it happening,or so i just read somewhere! lol

^^^^^^^^^^
 Paddy_o_Lantern
Joined: 5/24/2012
Msg: 34
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/19/2012 5:47:36 PM
Do you really think that what sport someone participates in is going to determine their body type


Taking into consideration that I was 5'11.5" and 125 lbs ( people did think I look a little emaciated back then and I have been around 200 lbs for 20 yrs now ) when I was 18 and my body type has changed significantly since I would say yes it does if you have enough determination and make changes to both your diet and exercise habits.


if you can lay flat on the floor & get up without using your hands that means you still got it happening


I thought that just meant that you hadn't had too much ( or enough - depending on your point of view ) Christmas Cheer.
 mic1212
Joined: 12/11/2012
Msg: 35
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/19/2012 6:46:15 PM
I just talked with some people this week. someone told me her ex ate a lot pills to boost up his muscles... unbelievable! Now I know why some muscle guys are weak now lol
On the other hand, I enjoy to play the squash and tennis on a regular basis. I think tennis really keeps girls in good shape! My brother introduced it to me when we were studying at the same school. I found out it is very different from running though. I tried to introduce tennis to girlfriends, but most of them felt hard to handle it after 15 minutes on the court; it took them quite some time to get used to the game. That did surprise me because I am just on the beginner level of tennis. But those girls are all good at running and/or aerobics.
 Sciencetreker
Joined: 2/13/2012
Msg: 37
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Posted: 12/20/2012 11:15:48 AM
Re the mention of some sports (tennis, etc.)

We can fool ourselves thinking we are getting a harder workout than we are. Often the better we get , the more efficient we are. (best example, swimming). I've played soccer since i was a knee high . I can play with some guys who are younger and better runners than me and they are 'wiped' after 10 minutes and I'm barely getting going. In most sports we learn position, posture, etc. This is the same in tennis, raquetball, basketball, etc. Less energy is expended when in control of our movements. An experienced pro boxer doesn't usually try to knock out the younger and bigger guy early on but wears him out. An hour of playing tennis, swimming, cyscling etc. is often less of a workout after a decade than when we first started unless we've notched up the pace.
 billingsmason
Joined: 2/3/2012
Msg: 38
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/20/2012 4:51:40 PM
Same goes for laying block or chopping stone.
The younger guys are always struggling to keep up. The older guys make it look easy.
Had a lil bet with a guy last week or so- he looks like that Taylor guy from the vampire movie, 22 y.o.
I did 35 pullups after stocking the wall, to his 17. All mine were form strict and his were tough. He was like wtf.
Challenging the body has to increase, or you stagnate.
Do it enough and your body turns to iron.
Get active enough, and a 5k cal diet will be deficient.
 Just___Jim
Joined: 10/21/2012
Msg: 39
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/21/2012 9:15:26 AM

I thought that just meant that you hadn't had too much ( or enough - depending on your point of view ) Christmas Cheer.


lol It would take me more then a wee bit to do that feat of strength,balance & agility!

As my lady friend challenged her girls friends one time ago. And as they were also slender, and well toned, out of the 5,
2 actually could only get up without using their hands. Amazing.....if you dig a female with a gymnast bod....

And a person who does yoga religiosity is very athletic to me. cheers
 Paddy_o_Lantern
Joined: 5/24/2012
Msg: 40
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/21/2012 5:09:29 PM
All of those sorts of things are much easier to do if you are skinny.

You could look at it another way if you like ... if you cant get up without using your hands then maybe you need a partner who is more attractive, a more willing participant or perhaps it's time for Viagra.
 relaxingwithyou
Joined: 12/2/2012
Msg: 41
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/22/2012 11:49:59 AM
I've been an athlete for most of my life and even in my 50's it's easy to maintain an athletic body type with physical activity like riding a bike, swimming and a few yoga classes a week. My body has formed that way due to a lifetime of exercise and training. If I gain weight if comes right off pretty fast with exercise.

Olympic training in swimming and years of basketball and running......and at 52 people look at me and ask if I was a professional dancer, go figure? I am unequovically in the athletic body category.

IMO natural athletes are graceful and lean even as they age, if they take care of themselves.
 Iron-nerd
Joined: 10/29/2012
Msg: 42
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/22/2012 12:16:07 PM
Definitely subjective. I only say athletic on my profile because of how I look, not what I do. I like to go to the gym but I don't play sports. Although I could, if I was interested in sports, and could easily lie about it, but to me 'athletic body type' on here refers to how you look and what you COULD do, not what you actually do.
 jsyl87
Joined: 8/31/2012
Msg: 43
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/22/2012 1:24:51 PM
Agreed. I know tons of "fit looking" people that are nowhere near athletic and horrendous at sports.
 AronSH17
Joined: 11/18/2012
Msg: 44
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/26/2012 9:44:30 PM
People should be more honest with themselves. I wouldn't even consider the guy who created this thread to be athletic. Just looks like a bloated guy with roid belly or something.
 fitrainer
Joined: 7/24/2012
Msg: 46
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/27/2012 8:21:13 PM
I have found that for the most part Athletic is just another word for being overweight. And average is too. How these people found that being that large is athletic or average really makes me wonder.
 Sweet_Danimal
Joined: 6/22/2012
Msg: 47
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/27/2012 9:25:41 PM
My personal mark for 'Athletic' - at least at first photo 'blush' - would probably be having a chest measurement that's bigger than their waist. It's not all that impressive, but in my market area, there's gotta be easily 50% of the people online would fail that mark. Male AND Female. Of course it takes a little more evaluation to find out if they are truly active individuals and enjoy exercise, but if you want an evaluator mark for just the 'Meet Me' photo albums; does THAT sound fair?
 Paddy_o_Lantern
Joined: 5/24/2012
Msg: 48
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 12/27/2012 10:27:27 PM
My personal mark for 'Athletic' - at least at first photo 'blush' - would probably be having a chest measurement that's bigger than their waist


How about a chest and hip measurement significantly bigger than his waist. A 10 inch or more difference between chest and waist seems like a good marker to me.

If a man can fit into an off the rack suit he probably cannot consider himself to have an athletic body especially if he shops at the big and tall store.
 Fede_83
Joined: 4/1/2010
Msg: 50
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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:54:51 PM
I doubt the "body type" section refers to athletic ability, but rather only to what you look like. The categories on POF are sometimes blurry, but to me, and to most people I know, athletic simply means someone who looks fit. Not compared to your age group or friends, but objectively fit. Think someone with some level of muscularity and low body fat levels with definition. A lot of high level professionnal athletes don't have an athletic body type, but they can perform feats that most of us would not even dream of. And yet, they should be clicking on either average, thin or "few extra pounds".
 Smootheticate
Joined: 12/11/2011
Msg: 51
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 1/2/2013 11:06:46 PM
It was the most accurate description out of the possible options.
 independant_thinker72
Joined: 3/10/2013
Msg: 53
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 3/21/2013 7:26:34 PM
I put down average body type because that's what i currently and honestly think i have. i do have one pic where i obviously have an athletic body but since that pic i've also had some work related injuries which have made anything "athletic" an impossibility for the time being.

i wish most woman would be so honest with their descriptions however most are completely oblivious to what they think each category really is.
 Hilly02
Joined: 10/7/2011
Msg: 54
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 3/21/2013 11:20:37 PM

i wish most woman would be so honest with their descriptions however most are completely oblivious to what they think each category really is.

How about you tell us then because it's all a complete mystery to me lol
 independant_thinker72
Joined: 3/10/2013
Msg: 55
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 3/22/2013 6:33:33 AM
^^^^ i'd say you got it right, you have more of an ahtletic body as i can see some definition in your arms and you're relatively lean. i was more referring to the woman that put down "a few extra pounds" when they are "clearly obese"

it's sad but the new average is fat
 regulrjoe
Joined: 12/11/2011
Msg: 56
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Posted: 3/23/2013 2:42:26 PM
It is all very subjective! I am 6'1" 210 lbs 34" waist. I feel I am in decent shape! I don't look like the model for Soloflex but not bad! That is why I continue to hit the gym, Physical fitness for me is a lifestyle nothing else. Just sayin!
 Hutton2226
Joined: 12/11/2013
Msg: 57
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 1/17/2014 4:55:02 AM
It's amusing to read profiles where some ladies "think" they have an athletic body. I'm an athlete. Scratch golfer once, played college basketball and baseball, and have worked out my entire life. I'm over 60 and still have a good body, but it's no longer an athletic body. Very few people over 60 have an athletic body...for that matter, over 50.
 Peppermint_Petunias
Joined: 3/30/2012
Msg: 58
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Posted: 1/17/2014 2:14:47 PM
The people that have them don't need to put athletic, we can see what we think if they have pics.




People love to correct others that put what they think and not what the person writing a description of themselves think.

For example



I choose my body type as athletic because I do focus a lot on physical fitness.

^^^^Thats your choice, but a man thats puts athletic needs to LOOK athletic imo on a profile, not necessarily be athletic.
A woman can get away with more leeway if putting athletic because we dont bulk like guys do.
The shirtless pic you LOOK average to me, but is an opinion only. ( I think it's against the rules here, so may want to check)



i wish most woman would be so honest with their descriptions however most are completely oblivious to what they think each category really is.

^^^^^^^^^^^
How many mens profiles do you look at? Thought so.
Look at some in this thread that put athletic. No one looks the same or even close.

I get messages from so called average or athletic or "a few extra" obviously OBESE men, so back up off the women.
The waist is not an inch above the penis.
I cant tell you how many brag they have the same waist size as when in high school.
I'm thinking, do they think saying that makes them look different?


Very few people over 60 have an athletic body...for that matter, over 50.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
Have you seen a high school bus let out lately? Thought not.

So people are delusional? Who cares?

The average American woman is actually around 5 foot 4 and 160 pounds today so maybe they go by that.
I may not agree it's average, but no one but me cares what I think about it.
It doesn't matter what anyone puts if the person looking at you doesnt agree or like what you put.

Photos tell a lot,use them.
 statemachine500
Joined: 8/25/2011
Msg: 59
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 1/17/2014 4:47:48 PM
^^^
Smootheticate looks like he lifts.His yoke is solid so he must be doing heavy basics.
 LiterateHiker
Joined: 11/30/2012
Msg: 60
Athletic body type and the people that have them
Posted: 1/17/2014 9:56:50 PM
Just post pictures that show your body.
On line it could mean anything

Exactly, peppermint petunias. I posted recent photos that show my body and consider myself athletic. I lift weights, am a passionate hiker and walk/jog regularly. With a petite frame and small bones, I have been thin all my life.
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