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 activemelaney
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When I was in Match I only ever searched on guys with athletic bodies who exercised at least 4 times a week. Athletic people tend to be attracted to other fit people. Of course the labels are tentative but athletic people tend to label themselves as such. Fitness is important to them...it was a dealbreaker for me. If non athletic men assume the label...no big deal. I could discern a lot from the complete profile. Also, not the end of the world to have a meet with someone more 'average'.

I met 3 men on Match and fitness, fun hikes,etc. was a good part of the conversation. In general athletic people are better educated, successful, active. There are exceptions but when dealing with a few hundred profiles, some criteria is needed to decide which guys to meet after messages exchanged. It's possible for me to have met my dream man in a bar but way more likely while chatting on a trail in a hiking group. It's weird in a good way, but a lot of the chatting we do when hiking is about literature, art, and such. Usually just a bunch of interesting people.
 activemelaney
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Posted: 3/1/2014 10:35:31 PM
^^^^aanarchist

From your postings it is understandable that you haven't met many well educated people...athletic or not.

You may do be better to associate with people in better venues in life. This will improve your language skills and perhaps introduce you to new concepts and ways up looking at society. Best not to dumb down.

^^^peppermintpetunia...agree, Vertizontal looks athletic.
 Peppermint_Petunias
Joined: 3/30/2012
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Posted: 3/2/2014 3:55:59 AM
You can't be to uneducated to finish Stanford, Yale,Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton or Harvard and they have a lot of athletic clubs.

Most physicians, judges and other professionals I knew/know growing up and now were/are into athletics.
Many are also good at playing many musical instruments.

anachrist, you must be hanging out at the "I pick things up and put them down" gym.
We all have met the "type", but you are wrong.
 satx78218
Joined: 10/30/2007
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Posted: 3/4/2014 9:53:45 AM
"thin" as my body type (hey, if they had a "scrawny" option I'd take it

If you look around for pictures of Americans, of any age, in the 1940s, 50s, you see lots of people who are as lean as you. And nobody was calling them emaciated, skinny, underweight.

I have a picture of some friends in their Little League team picture from about 1955. Every kid and both coaches would be called skinny or scrawny, even sick, today.

the average amount of accepted, even expected EXCESS weight (pounds beyond lean) has greatly increased, for the worse.
 TrustInKarma
Joined: 2/14/2014
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Posted: 3/4/2014 8:57:26 PM
I've met guys who put down "athletic" in their profile but who were anything but. Just because you are not fat does not mean you are athletic. If you don't exercise or play a sport on a regular basis, you are not athletic. If you have thin, untoned noodle arms with no muscle definition, you are not athletic. If you have a gut you are not athletic. Some people are delusional.

I consider myself athletic because I exercise on a regular basis, have non-jiggly thighs, a flat, firm stomach (no six pack) and good muscle definition. I also have curves though, but "curvy" is code for "fat", so I didn't pick that one.
 LiterateHiker
Joined: 11/30/2012
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Posted: 3/4/2014 11:08:37 PM
Hey, Verizontal, you look GREAT! You look very fit and have a gorgeous smile.
 Vertizontal
Joined: 2/17/2014
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Posted: 3/5/2014 7:51:42 AM
Agreed, satx. Things have changed for the worse over time. These days people have convinced themselves that quality of life is paramount. Many (not all, but heh, too many) feel enjoying huge portions, unbalanced diets of tasty, but bad food, little to zero exercise, etc is ok 'cause this is 'Merica, and we go big or nuthin'. It's just our mentality. A co-worker and long time friend of mine recently passed...he was very overweight and admitted his doctor warned him - yet he freely mentioned he'd rather enjoy his poor food choices, beer and so on than diet and exercise. Shame. I miss him (we used to fish together), he was a super nice guy. I'm sure there are plenty of others here with similar stories.

Thanks LiterateHiker! Kind of you. (=
 JoggerGirl02
Joined: 2/24/2014
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Posted: 3/5/2014 3:29:41 PM
When average is actually overweight as it seems to be these days, what else is one supposed to put but athletic??
Thin is horrible......and so few people are thin these days that it's almost a redundant description....and an ugly one.
I have often wondered why there is no "slender" or "slim" category.
Personally, I would like to see a "Fit-ish but trying hard" option :-)
 YourDadWillLoveMe
Joined: 2/20/2014
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Posted: 3/6/2014 4:28:32 PM
I claim to have a athletic body type because...well I use to be a athlete. 2 sport athlete in highschool and I still regularly hit the gym. Sometimes people ask me, are you a UFC fighter? Or "Cam you should be a gym teacher". If they stopped saying that, I will probably quit saying i have a athletic body.
 LiterateHiker
Joined: 11/30/2012
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Posted: 3/6/2014 7:11:09 PM

Thin is horrible......and so few people are thin these days that it's almost a redundant description....and an ugly one. I have often wondered why there is no "slender" or "slim" category. Personally, I would like to see a "Fit-ish but trying hard" option :-)

Good point, JoggerGirl02. I hate being called "skinny" and prefer "thin, slim, petite, svelte or slender." What is between "athletic" and "overweight"?

How about "petite, slender, stocky, soft and round, or muscular"?
 activemelaney
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Posted: 3/7/2014 3:58:47 PM
I agree about descriptions. Slender or slim are positive descriptions. 'Average'' is meaningless...average as in healthy BMI or average as in overweight like most Americans. As I said, my boyfriend searched on athletic for women and I was the same for men. I would have been fine with slim.

A no brainer...should have height and weight (Fitness Singles does). Match and others don't because they know it would discourage the 'average' (overweight) from signing up.

I don't care about a man's height or if he has hair or a straight nose...I want to be able to bounce a quarter off his stomach.
 Hozo
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Posted: 3/9/2014 8:17:17 PM

With a petite frame and small bones, I have been thin all my life.


I believe you should have selected "thin" as body type. You are no more athletic than I am according to your description, yet women do not consider my body type "athletic" at all.

I chose "thin", as it is the best description. I am in marginally overall better condition compared to someone my age that looks like a has--been, no--neck football player with bad knees, diabetes and a 42" waist , yet considers himself "athletic". Perhaps double standard according to gender??

We are not 'skinny' ot "thin'. We are normal. This is what a normal human being is supposed to look like. Half of the planet's population looks like us. The other half that doesn't look like us is somewhat overweight in my opinion.

I am the same size I was when I was high school senior. Thank goodness for that.....at my age I do myself a favour and work to maintain this form. I have none of the health issues shared by those who are chronically larger. Those would be the ones who claim "average" or better yet, "athletic".
 LiterateHiker
Joined: 11/30/2012
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Posted: 3/9/2014 9:38:00 PM
Hozo:
I believe you should have selected "thin" as body type. You are no more athletic than I am according to your description, yet women do not consider my body type "athletic" at all.


I chose "athletic" because I regularly lift weights, walk fast/jog, and am a passionate hiker. I am athletic and thin. Last year I did 26 steep hikes in the high Cascade Mountains and Olympic Mountains of Washington State. I am stronger and faster on the hiking trail than men half my age. "Slow down!" my male hiking partners yell.

As a musician, I have a rhythmic gait. "ONE, two, UP, step, ONE, two, UP, step..." I have an internal rhythm, a song in my heart. It keeps me rhythmically grinding up steep trails.

Saying I am no more athletic than you is your opinion. Join me on a hike and I'll kick your butt. No man has ever called me "un-athletic" before.
 Hozo
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Posted: 3/9/2014 10:05:10 PM
I have backpack hiked in the wilderness with the best of them in the Appalachian mountains many times. I was one of the few who were not out of breath when we took breaks... although its been a few years now since I"ve hiked. People who hike around here hike on flat-pre-cleared trails and consider themselves hikers. I call that walking through the woods. LOL.

I choose to bicycle 60-80 km round trips these days. I am still considered thin and not "athletic" by anyone on here at first glance. That is all I am saying! Again perhaps it is a gender thing. If I were female I may be considered "athletic", but as a male, I am merely "thin", as defined by the majority.
 LiterateHiker
Joined: 11/30/2012
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Posted: 3/9/2014 10:34:11 PM
Hozo,

Like you, I consider hiking on flat trails walking through the woods. In WA State our mountains are 10,000 to 14,000 feet high. I hike to high alpine lakes, surrounded by white glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. Staggering physical beauty. A typical hike gains 3,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation over eight miles.

I laugh at the "mountains" back East: hills to me.

You raise a good point about male and female perceptions of body types. Women often call me "skinny," a term I hate. Men call me athletic.
 Hozo
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Posted: 3/9/2014 11:19:18 PM
Yes, that is hiking! The Appalachians are mere foothills in comparison. We gained maximum 300 metres (1000 ft) or so during a half-day hike up, then back down .


Women often call me "skinny," a term I hate. Men call me athletic


I prefer to think I am "Mick Jagger" skinny...to put a more positive spin on it LOL

My observation is you are able to wear the athletic badge here on POF, but I cannot, due mainly to gender it seems! I am predominantly thin, and that is what I am visibly tagged with, since I do not have anywhere near a mainstream football-player physique. Women and men both call me "skinny", but the funny thing is that I could slap any similarly-aged mainstream football-player physiqued athletic type, for example, then outrun them as they collapsed trying to chase me.


Being athletic and having an athletic body type are two totally different things


True....for men mostly. Not fair!!!
 Coma_White
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Posted: 3/10/2014 12:53:53 AM
What I find strange is that many people that have the so called "athletic" body type in my city are also smokers. I wonder if they'd like to have a friendly footrace. It's almost as bad as the heavy smokers that say: "People tell me I look a lot younger than my age".
 Sweet_Danimal
Joined: 6/22/2012
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Posted: 3/10/2014 10:14:10 AM
I prefer to think about 'Athletic' in terms of lifestyle, not a body shape. I fully appreciate pictures of runners from marathons - but if it's from 3-4 years ago, it doesn't hold as much sway. It's pretty much like a 25 year old talking about lettering in three different sports in high school. You've been past that for several years now - what have you done for yourself lately?

We have a LOT of women in my area that love posting pictures from those 'Mud Runs' where they set up an obstacle course with flaming logs and mud bogs and the like. Yeah, they are a lot of fun - but in terms of fitness those things are not a huge challenge to do once a year. I have a friend who has stage IV cancer and is constantly suffering from the effects of Chemotherapy and she's run in that Mud event the last two years and is planning a third.

Photos end up being the only real online truth-in-advertising, not any text label or description.
 Coma_White
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Posted: 3/11/2014 11:15:02 PM

I prefer to think about 'Athletic' in terms of lifestyle, not a body shape. I fully appreciate pictures of runners from marathons - but if it's from 3-4 years ago, it doesn't hold as much sway. It's pretty much like a 25 year old talking about lettering in three different sports in high school. You've been past that for several years now - what have you done for yourself lately?

We have a LOT of women in my area that love posting pictures from those 'Mud Runs' where they set up an obstacle course with flaming logs and mud bogs and the like. Yeah, they are a lot of fun - but in terms of fitness those things are not a huge challenge to do once a year. I have a friend who has stage IV cancer and is constantly suffering from the effects of Chemotherapy and she's run in that Mud event the last two years and is planning a third.


I'd have to agree. I listed myself as "athletic" because I try to be as active as I can. I train three times a week as a black belt in Karate and I'll go to the gym or do yoga as well. My asthma has always been a problem so I'm trying to get rid of it by doing more cardio. I don't think those mud runs are a good way to guage physical fitness either. Then again, a lot of larger folks will describe themselves as "average" and when you meet them they're the biggest person in the room.
 JMM603
Joined: 12/2/2014
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Posted: 12/8/2014 7:32:50 PM
Even though I'm not really "built" I still picked "athletic" as I was up until a few years ago, skinny fat, with a gut and man boobs. But still average build. A few years ago I decided to clean up my diet and workout. I do about 100 pushups a day, 15-20 pull-ups, kettlebell swings and brisk walk (bad knee, can't run for long distances) per day and am now pretty lean with a flat stomach. I've also been told I look "fit" by quite a few people.
 awesomefiftyman
Joined: 12/1/2014
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Posted: 12/8/2014 11:02:13 PM
I would think that "Athletic body type" should mean that you look like an athlete.
In other words, you actually are lean, have "muscle tone".

And just because you exercise all the time does NOT necessarily put you in that "Athletic body type" category because when I go to the gym, I see regulars there all the time and wonder why they don't step up the INTENSITY because they still look out of shape.

Please people....look in the mirror before putting "Athletic body type" in your profile...it is deceiving.
 Countryheart1967
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Posted: 12/17/2014 3:18:16 PM
Not entirely sure everyone would see me as athletic. I chose it simplt because I'm in good shape and maintain it through exercise and other activities. Wrestled for seven years, infantry for over five years... I've just kept at it, part of my daily life at this point.
 Peppermint_Petunias
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Posted: 12/18/2014 3:47:08 AM
A pic says it all.. as I have said before. Think I posted a link to athletic body types a few pages back.
It varies a great deal.

I know what I find looking /being athletic impo, and others opinions will vary by quite a bit I have found.
https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=pics+atheletic+body+types&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001


Not entirely sure everyone would see me as athletic

^^^^^^I would unless below the elbows is a whole dif ball game.( gut esp)
Your arms look in shape ( good). I can't see the rest of you.I would assume you are at least fit and not over weight.

Put anything you want to. The truth comes out when you meet regardless of what people say about themselves( in the eye of the beholder of course).

I would prefer a box that says" fit"myself.
We dont have many options to choose from. Athletic is a close as I can get other than slim/fit and they dont have slim/ fit. They could also have avergae/ fit or just bodybuilder/ muscular which is a body type and not necessarily what one would call an athletic person.

Look at football/baseball players, lots of them chubbos esp football.
They are athletes, but are not always athletic looking.

You also can have a lot of muscle but put a few pounds of fat over that and you can look almost obese.

People get to wound up about what others choose to put.
Decide for yourself what you think.
 Countryheart1967
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Posted: 12/18/2014 7:26:27 PM

I can't see the rest of you


About the same as what you can see. Abs and "v" taper.
I have to have shirts tailored or they look kind of dumb on me.
They are all cut straight these days which leaves a lot of loose material around my midsection, just looks sloppy. :-\
 AlienHumanHybrid
Joined: 10/31/2014
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Posted: 12/21/2014 9:25:34 AM
I have an athletic body type under the squishy layer.
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