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2017/05/30 12:14:24 (permalink)
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Ever think of giving the weights up?

I've used a gym since I was 18 years old and barely had a break since...... not that you'd think to look at me!  Those first 2 or 3 years I'd take an extended break of a month or 2 after Xmas or a summer holiday but generally I have never stopped training.
 
I've spent my adult life in a battle to avoid my natural physique...... skinny fat.  I've put a bit of muscle on, lost fat for the summer, had visible abs a few times.  Got bored and found myself going through the motions with weak training and diet for periods before "getting back into it" and getting back into shape.
 
As I get older (I'm now 40), the difference between my summer and winter shape gets less and less.  I gain less muscle, lose less fat.  Just stuck in the middle.
 
I'm a keen runner and ran a marathon in 2015 and one in 2016.  I still did weights during the training, just backed off a little.  I was talking to someone the other day about potentially running another marathon and beating my time and suggested I'd maybe stop the gym for 3-4 months to concentrate on marathon training.  And that got me thinking.  Some of my running friends have also got into triathlons and that interests me.  
 
My fear is, I have enough mental struggles with how I look when I do diet and train........... so not lifting for an extended period of time scares me to death.  Like I'm a slave to it.  I will always be active with running (or something new like biking and tri's as mentioned) so I'm sure I'd never get too fat, but thought of reducing training and reducing protein intake is a difficult one to stomach.
 
I do enjoy weights and usually enjoy the dieting process.  This comes at a time when I'm re-running a cutting diet at the minute that worked really well last year but isn't working at all this year!  And part of me thinks, what is the point!
 
I'm sure if I did take a decision to leave the lifestyle behind I would maybe still include a couple of full body weights sessions per week to keep some shape, but without the pressure of trying to beat numbers and improve my look.
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 12:30:01 (permalink)
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I haven't lifted weights (or done much exercise of any kind for that matter) in about 4 years. I never thought I'd say that because I used to be borderline obsessed with lifting and the lifestyle that goes with it.

I can't really explain why, but my physique just suddenly ceased to be a priority. It may be a lot to do with the fact that around the same time I met my girlfriend and things started to ramp up with my career. I'm sure I'll get back to it at some point, but I doubt it will ever be as big a priority as it was before.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 12:55:52 (permalink)
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I haven't lifted weights (or done much exercise of any kind for that matter) in about 4 years. I never thought I'd say that because I used to be borderline obsessed with lifting and the lifestyle that goes with it.

I can't really explain why, but my physique just suddenly ceased to be a priority. It may be a lot to do with the fact that around the same time I met my girlfriend and things started to ramp up with my career. I'm sure I'll get back to it at some point, but I doubt it will ever be as big a priority as it was before.



Part of me would love to get to that stage..... part of me would hate to.  I know I would hate to be over weight but I'd like to think that would be controlled with lots of exercise doing other things (biking, running) and simply controlling my diet when I need to.
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 13:07:59 (permalink)
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No genuinely like lifting and even when i broken and couldn't it was something i looked forward to getting back into. Whereas my boxing and bjj i know i will most likely stop by the time I'm 40.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 15:40:52 (permalink)
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No genuinely like lifting and even when i broken and couldn't it was something i looked forward to getting back into. Whereas my boxing and bjj i know i will most likely stop by the time I'm 40.




I do enjoy lifting.  It's more the feeling that if I stop what I'll look like....... so I feel I HAVE to lift.  Add to that the diet.  I can live with not being lean for a few months but I have to lean out in the summer.  
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 15:42:46 (permalink)
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I reckon if I stopped I would eventually return due to getting depressed by how out of shape I would be. For me training turns off a lot of noise in my head (demons, self doubt etc.). But unlike you, I'm not into any other type of exercise.
 
OP, have you thought about minimalist training?. I reckon you could maintain an excellent physique by training twice a week for 45 minutes
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 15:46:30 (permalink)
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Just to add you would still look pretty good. My step dad is an avid cyclist. He used to be into bodybuilding from the ages of 21-45. He stopped weights altogether but still cycles loads and at 60 he still has a great body, has a body of a 40 year old
 
post edited by MrReps - 2017/05/30 15:47:35
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 15:57:33 (permalink)
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No genuinely like lifting and even when i broken and couldn't it was something i looked forward to getting back into. Whereas my boxing and bjj i know i will most likely stop by the time I'm 40.




I do enjoy lifting.  It's more the feeling that if I stop what I'll look like....... so I feel I HAVE to lift.  Add to that the diet.  I can live with not being lean for a few months but I have to lean out in the summer.  


Oh well I don't suffer your insecurities or weaknesses so I wouldn't probably suggest you see a shrink rather than a gym/sunbed combo.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 20:20:16 (permalink)
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I go through the motions but I love the feeling of getting back into it, there's no reason to stop doing something you love unless you physically can't, the mental benefits outweigh the not being arsed benefits..... of which there are none.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 20:39:41 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Mobster 2017/06/02 06:18:43
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The question does not compute :)
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 20:49:13 (permalink)
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I'm far to vain to consider stopping.
 
I enjoy doing it, I like the outlet and 'me time'. I like the gym atmosphere and social circle as I really don't have other social outlets ATM. I like that it keeps me somewhat healthy and permits me to enjoy my food. I would have to find another release and for the life of I don't know what other sporting lifestyles I could really throw myself in to.
 
It helps that I am currently in the best shape I have been at 44 years old so am in no rush to lose what I currently have and can hopefully build on it.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 21:01:28 (permalink)
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 21:54:02 (permalink)
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Been doing it for 12 years with the odd break here and there like you, and although it's not very long compared to some "veterans" I do already feel that way sometimes. But I remember that when I took longer breaks all I could think about was getting back into it and it was a real struggle to watch the muscles get smaller and the gut bigger every time I looked in the mirror.
 
Most sports bore me, the only thing I enjoy enough to do for the sake of it is lifting heavy weights and anything resembling cardio seems like time and energy that would be better spent lifting. So if I stopped lifting I doubt I would take up anything else. When I was young I did enjoy cycling but nowadays when I think about doing it seriously I think about the dangers of riding on public roads, I drive by cyclists on the road almost every day and I can look past the nuisance factor and consider how exposed they are, the constant stress of less thoughtful drivers passing them too fast and too close or driving right on their tails, and how easily they could get very seriously hurt or outright killed.
 
So I don't think I'll be giving up lifting altogether, although I've been gradually shifting more towards an athletic sort of training and less focus on developing muscles for the sake of it. After this summer I've decided to dedicate myself properly to master olympic lifting, which means a lot of skill and flexibility work and little time left for proper lifting so I will get smaller and weaker but so be it.
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 21:54:05 (permalink)
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Been doing it for 12 years with the odd break here and there like you, and although it's not very long compared to some "veterans" I do already feel that way sometimes. But I remember that when I took longer breaks all I could think about was getting back into it and it was a real struggle to watch the muscles get smaller and the gut bigger every time I looked in the mirror.
 
Most sports bore me, the only thing I enjoy enough to do for the sake of it is lifting heavy weights and anything resembling cardio seems like time and energy that would be better spent lifting. So if I stopped lifting I doubt I would take up anything else. When I was young I did enjoy cycling but nowadays when I think about doing it seriously I think about the dangers of riding on public roads, I drive by cyclists on the road almost every day and I can look past the nuisance factor and consider how exposed they are, the constant stress of less thoughtful drivers passing them too fast and too close or driving right on their tails, and how easily they could get very seriously hurt or outright killed.
 
So I don't think I'll be giving up lifting altogether, although I've been gradually shifting more towards an athletic sort of training and less focus on developing muscles for the sake of it. After this summer I've decided to dedicate myself properly to master olympic lifting, which means a lot of skill and flexibility work and little time left for proper lifting so I will get smaller and weaker but so be it.
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 22:00:34 (permalink)
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 22:03:49 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Mobster 2017/06/02 06:19:21
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When I can't lift heavy weights anymore, I'll lift lighter weights.

If I can't lift lighter weights it's coz I'm dead

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/30 22:07:47 (permalink)
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haven't lifted for around 3 months now,i want to get back into it this week,at 56 its getting harder and harder to find motivation tbh,but i will.

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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/31 05:49:52 (permalink)
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/31 06:09:14 (permalink)
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Re: Ever think of giving the weights up? 2017/05/31 06:14:03 (permalink)
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I sort of gave up lifting a while ago as it just didn't suit my lifestyle anymore. I didn't stop training but changed to a body circuit x2 that i would do 4 times a week with CV, run or interval. Weights sometimes involved, but light and loads of reps. I was concerned with the change in body comp but to be honest i think i look better now. Benefits of changing for me have been a few (less injuries etc)but i took a 2 week break recently and when i started back i had lost no muscle and retained a good level of fitness. Had i taken a two week break when i was a serious lifter i would have felt weak, ugly and would have beaten myself up about it.
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