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    look like a bodybuilder

    been wrestlin with this one for a while. to me there are two looks for those in the gym. those who look like they lift weights and those who look like bodybuilders. at 265lbs and right at 10%bf i still feel that i look like a "weightlifter" not a bodybuilder.

    in your opinion, what are the defining visual characteristics of a bodybuilder versus all those guys that simply "lift weights?"

    i've narrowed it down to leanness. a big muscled up guy with 15%bf looks like a weightlifter while the same guy at 7% has the bodybuilder look.

    whatdyall think?

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    i think its the leanness also. once the person is showing solid mucsle and very good definition thats when they look like a bodybuilder, but at 10% i dont think u would be far off thats pretty good, especially at 265. how tall are u

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    6'1".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbouncinballs
    6'1".
    big boy...u got pics up?

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    working on it. there's an old one somewhere on here when i was at 250, face shot and all but i don't have a digicam so i have to borrow one.

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    by the way 8-man, i play lock.

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    cool man... always good to meet a rugger

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    i dont think its so much leanness... although both are big only bodybuilders try to shape and develop every muscle in proportion to one another

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    I find that in some ways it is more the way the person works out. When i see BB's in my gym they are usually the ones who do more drop sets and always drop to lower weights and go through the motions perfectly to really bring out the muscle definition. When I see just a regular person who works out and is fairly big they usually do a more standard 4 sets 8 reps routine. And although this can be seen with BB's also, I usually see them concetrate a lot more on working every head of the muscle and "touching" up on proportions etc.

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    Proportion and leanness are the key. Bodybuilders lift for muscle development, not strength.

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    Bodybuilder trains to for asthetics, trains for symetry, and tries to keep the abs showing through with out having to look really close, under good light.
    Weight lifters train to get as much weight up as possible in squat, deadlift, clean and press, clean and jerk, snatch, and the bench press. They need to diet right for max gains. I read some where that the modern weight lifter looks like a bodybuilder six weeks out from a show.

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    Leaness....

    But also, visible abs, and round separated shoulders, seems to me serious lifters always have a chest that overpowers their shoulders way too much....

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    as far as a bodybuilder, you could look either way, depending on if you are bulking or cutting. I think lookin big and healthy is what is important, unless of course you are competing and bodybuilding is sort of a job for you.

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    symmetry, proportion, and leanness. If i remember right its supposed to be:
    forearms the same size as calfs, arms the same size as your neck... etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by juicehoe
    If i remember right its supposed to be:
    forearms the same size as calfs, arms the same size as your neck... etc
    i could be wrong but i read calves and arms are supposed to be the same size and your neck is supposed to be one inch bigger than your arms in order to look proportioned. but again i could be mistaken

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    you might be right... i was going off memory and that has failed me before lol.
    Anyone know for sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRandy
    i could be wrong but i read calves and arms are supposed to be the same size and your neck is supposed to be one inch bigger than your arms in order to look proportioned. but again i could be mistaken

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