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Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear.....

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2009/07/13 17:46:46 (permalink)

Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear.....

Anyone else been to the white isle this year and come back feeling distinctly inferior? I've been working out solidly for 18 months and thought I was in pretty decent shape, certainly compared to the other guys in my gym. OK, not necessarily ripped, but I thought I looked fairly big & strong (lol).
 
Well Ibiza changed that and so did the photos of me. I look like a puny weed boy. Are these guys taking something? I mean, there were just so many huge ripped guys there. At one point, I was surrounded by seven or eight guys at the pool who were flippin massive. It was like a cage fighter's convention and I felt like a child.
 
So I need a confidence boost and have highlighted some areas of deficiency. I'm probably spending too much time on my legs and not enough on my upper torso (my shoulders & arms look particularly bad in comparison). I can only hope & pray that the other guys are taking more than creatine and will have horrible health problems and very small testicles when they're older.
 
Gonna hit the gym like a mutha for the next...oooo..... ten years!
 
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    CitizenKane
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/13 17:50:01 (permalink)
    this could be all in your head, put up one of those pics you mentioned and we can decide for you!!
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/13 18:48:37 (permalink)
    I thought I looked pretty good before I went on holiday last year, I got the pics on my computer, I looked like ****, probably worse than when I started. Dont think this year will be much different. Dont think this should be in the routines section, though!
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/14 09:48:18 (permalink)
    agree completely, just got back from Mallorca, felt exactly the same. sod it, just means im gonna hit the gym harder.
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/14 10:48:44 (permalink)
    yeah i was the same when i went to greece, there were only a couple of others in good shape (one in very very good shape) however looking at some of my pics i didnt look as i thought i should and since have been working very hard altho wont be going on another beach/club holiday for a year (prepare partly for that i guess :) )

    I think some of it is down to others too, you see people you think are in really good shape and look at bits theyve done well on and youre slightly slacking on so think youre not so good, however compared the the majority you;ll probably be in good shap[e.



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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/14 13:44:07 (permalink)
    I got back from Majorca 2 weeks ago (Stag weekend)  I felt wicked by the pool didnt really see anybody in as good a shape as me, lots of looks and stares even prods sometimes LOL, saw a couple of bigger guys on the beach but then they had 15% BF at least, it all depends what your goals are, if you wanna be massive you have to remember there is always someone bigger!!!!   I definatly felt better on holiday probably the heat it makes my veins just explode
     
     
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/15 13:09:00 (permalink)
    KEITHA19

    I got back from Majorca 2 weeks ago (Stag weekend)  I felt wicked by the pool didnt really see anybody in as good a shape as me, lots of looks and stares even prods sometimes LOL, saw a couple of bigger guys on the beach but then they had 15% BF at least, it all depends what your goals are, if you wanna be massive you have to remember there is always someone bigger!!!!   I definatly felt better on holiday probably the heat it makes my veins just explode
     
     


    That must feel so rewarding, what are your stats?
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/16 12:34:14 (permalink)
    KEITHA19

    I got back from Majorca 2 weeks ago (Stag weekend)  I felt wicked by the pool didnt really see anybody in as good a shape as me, lots of looks and stares even prods sometimes LOL, saw a couple of bigger guys on the beach but then they had 15% BF at least, it all depends what your goals are, if you wanna be massive you have to remember there is always someone bigger!!!!   I definatly felt better on holiday probably the heat it makes my veins just explode
     
     


    yeah i felt the same this yr when i went to zante, felt really good compared to last year. and my gf kept saying guys where looking at me,( i just noticed girls!) i think im in pretty good shape and i think my height and broad shoulders help!i used to get jeleous a bit when i seen bigger guys, but like KEITH19 said they all had more BF than me. ,not the biggest guy or most cut guy but im happy with the way i am now  maybe would like my abs a bit more shredded but thats not impossible
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/16 17:51:35 (permalink)
    Mate i am so glad 2 see this thread!!
     
    Im just back from Gran Canaria. B4 i went i was delighted with my weight loss and muscle shape, untill, i got abroad lol
     
    I literally spent 2 weeks almost depressed, i just felt like i looked like rubbish compared 2 most out there. I felt fat, flat and so out of shape it was a disaster. I almost felt like i had been wasting my time for the 3 years ive been doing this. I even thought about packing in training lol
     
    All in my head i know, cos im back now, went to the gym 2day and it was tough after the break, but i worked liked a monster and i have to admit i looked damn pumped by the end of it lol
     
    I think its all mental, and its natural to compare yourself and look down on yourself. One thing it did show me though is that i need to cut up a whole lot more. Under these layers is a well sculpted figure im sure lol
     
    And lets face it, most of the guys out there have legs like pipe cleaners and are clearly all bi-cep boys!! Most arent actually that big, but very skinny which just adds to the illusion!
     
    Great thread and great to see im not the only one who thought this way! 4 me ive taken the positives out of it and am pushing harder now than ever before........
     
    Just wait till next year :P:P:P

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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/16 18:17:08 (permalink)
    i was in ok nick (for me anyway) last time i went away, was a few weeks off all abs being visible

    then i supped about 20 pints in the first day, all hard work gone
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/17 11:40:29 (permalink)
    evad

    i was in ok nick (for me anyway) last time i went away, was a few weeks off all abs being visible

    then i supped about 20 pints in the first day, all hard work gone


    What can you really see a noticeable difference after just one days binge?
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    Re:Thought I was buff, then I went to Ibiza. Oh dear..... 2009/07/17 14:00:56 (permalink)
    Currently coming in at 204lbs 5ft 11" 33yo i would hazard a guess BF is somewhere in the region of 8-9%.
    Abs are through veins in arms like a road map.  My profile photo was taken 4 days after i got back from Majorca so a little flat from too much beer and not enough food!!!!!
     
    My advice to anyone who is looking to get ripped for the summer make sure you carb up before you go! Give it a good 3-4 days, it takes your body well over a week to assimilate fat anyway. When i go to Tenerife with my family after about 4 days of serious eating (big evening meals especially) my vascularity and weight just sky rockets last year i went from 202lbs to 211lbs in 7 days that was genuine weight! However i had been cutting for 9 weeks prior and went as light as 195lbs carb depleted.   
     
    I cant emphasise the eating part enough! Oh and loads of water 2 gallons a day!
     
     
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