Poll: Strength or Aestetics

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Strength or Aesthetics

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  1. Strength or Aesthetics


    -what is your goal?....

    Do you train to look aesthetically superior....or....

    Do you train for strength not really concerned with shape of muscle?

    I am all about aesthetics,and could really give two sh*ts how much i lift. Im more about the athletic side of training.

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    Last edited by TripDog; 11-11-2007 at 02:21 AM.
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  2. Trip, I TOTALLY enjoy seeing a half naked chick, as opposed to your half naked a** :P ... But oddly, I miss it!

    I could care less about strength most of the time. Well, I care about increasing it, along with muscle size. But most of the time, that's as far as it goes.

    Now, If I'm pretty cut, and lookin pretty good, I tend to shift more towards strength.

    Lately, Im finding I LOOK the best, when I train for strength tho, so...

    I can't remember the last time I made a girl wet telling her how much I benched

    (which, by the way, my bench sux so much, I havent been writing it down on those days :P)

  3. If I absolutely had to make a choice, I would definitely go for aesthetics. It is hard to imagine a well-defined, visually appealing and superior physique that lacks in aesthetics. Yet, along with great aesthetics, one should expect good strength and endurance. Strength and endurance, in my opinion, should not be neglected in the pursuit of aesthetics. Somehow, they come to be expected from an athlete with solid aesthetics. So, a polling option "Both" may be appropriate for voters.
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  4. Strength, but if I started looking like absolute sh*t I would probably gear my training more towards aesthetics.

  5. Trip, I noticed that you spelled 'aesthetics' 3 different ways in your thread, you are trippin....dog!

  6. Definitely strength but I always plan to stay fairly lean too. I've seen a lot of powerlifters that turned into blobs after a while and it doesn't seem healthy. I'm vain as well.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    -what is your goal?....

    Do you train to look aesthetically superior....or....

    Do you train for strength not really concerned with shape of muscle?

    I am all about aesthetics,and could really give two sh*ts how much i lift. Im more about the athletic side of training.

    ~this is a tripdog production~
    But isn't strength the true sign of athletic ability, as long as you can put that strength to use?

    There isn't much athleticism in bodybuilding, IMO.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by AM07 View Post
    But isn't strength the true sign of athletic ability, as long as you can put that strength to use?

    There isn't much athleticism in bodybuilding, IMO.
    Athletic ability is the combination of endurance and strength,and flexability.....not just strength.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  9. there are plenty of fat guys that are super strong.
    but that wouldn't necessarily make them athletic or healthy.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Athletic ability is the combination of endurance and strength,and flexability.....not just strength.
    I think its agility not flexibility, but whatever. Do you do a cross training type of routine, Trip?

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    I think its agility not flexibility, but whatever. Do you do a cross training type of routine, Trip?
    I have always been more into cross training than set training. I like to run sprints and actually do something with my body,not just flex in the mirror. I have always been huge into skateboarding and that is a whole lot of balance and flexability/agility. I just did set training while on this last cycle,but now i want to train more around heart rate and cardio. I need the best of both worlds,cant have it just one way.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    there are plenty of fat guys that are super strong.
    but that wouldn't necessarily make them athletic or healthy.
    amen brotha
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    I have always been more into cross training than set training. I like to run sprints and actually do something with my body,not just flex in the mirror. I have always been huge into skateboarding and that is a whole lot of balance and flexability/agility. I just did set training while on this last cycle,but now i want to train more around heart rate and cardio. I need the best of both worlds,cant have it just one way.
    Do you still skate? I played most american sports pretty seriously, but never really got into skateboarding, not a fan of the roadrash I need to start incorporating some sport into my training. Glad to see you're staying in shape, not just looking in shape.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    Do you still skate? I played most american sports pretty seriously, but never really got into skateboarding, not a fan of the roadrash I need to start incorporating some sport into my training. Glad to see you're staying in shape, not just looking in shape.
    Thanks...Yea i still skate,i got 3 boards in my truck for whenever i get the urge. ....
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  15. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Athletic ability is the combination of endurance and strength,and flexability.....not just strength.
    Which is why the majority of people in this sport aren't athletic.

    You seem to be an exception, though. I am a small guy compared to most people on this site. Once my injury heals, I'm going to start training more so leaning towards overall health than just trying to get big. That's why I'm going to start taking up full body and/or half-body routines rather than split routines, and do a lot more cardio.

  16. strength is good....but looking good is what its about for me....and its a hobby/stress reliever

  17. I used to be about purely aesthetics, but now I am about strength and performance. I do enjoy lifting for aesthetics more, but I love lifting more than anything else in my training.
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  18. Strength is great, and so is sculpting your appearance. But mobility and functionality are also important to me (hence some of the weird exercises I choose).

    Aside from bodybuilding, I also enjoy a few other sports.

    I used to skate (fruitboot), but don't tell Trip. Woodpushers hate fruitbooters.
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  19. I use to skate too....when I was 10 and it was cool.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by thesinner View Post

    I used to skate (fruitboot), but don't tell Trip. Woodpushers hate fruitbooters.
    Razorcake..
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by Travis View Post
    I use to skate too....when I was 10 and it was cool.
    No b*tch i mean like trick skating....like if your momma was a piece of wood and i flipped her around a few times before landing on her.... just playin t-bag
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Travis View Post
    I use to skate too....when I was 10 and it was cool.
    Yeah, I kinda lost interest in skating near the end of high school, simply because I got tired of sharing the skate park with 10-year-olds who's mom's would come to watch them skate. Probably would've been a lot cooler if kids who skateboard had hot mom's, but from my experiences....no.
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  23. i did both blade and board. skateboarding is ooooh soo much cooler lol

  24. Quote Originally Posted by sfearl1 View Post
    i did both blade and board. skateboarding is ooooh soo much cooler lol
    blade ........ as in rollerblade?


    you know what the hardest thing about rollerblading is?

    telling your parents that you are gay.

  25. im for strength because i look good when i train for strength. I already have aesthetics :P

  26. i voted for the wrong one.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by pistonpump View Post
    i voted for the wrong one.
    I know it probably was confusing for you
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    blade ........ as in rollerblade?


    you know what the hardest thing about rollerblading is?

    telling your parents that you are gay.
    I know,right!
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  29. go eat some mashed potatoes...

  30. Quote Originally Posted by pistonpump View Post
    go eat some mashed potatoes...
    ............Maybe i will
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  31. Well i definitely train with aesthetics in mind. However I like to see strength going up. But if I feel like I'm getting to big then i back it down. I just want to have a good amount of sex appeal and be healthy.

  32. Aesthetics! Although, they go hand in hand. To get lean mass you need to push more weight. The stronger you get, the bigger you get, because you are pushing more weight, thus training and tearing muscle fibers stimulating growth. Although, strength is not always measured by the amount of weight you push, but by how you push the weight. The difference is the types of movements and diets really that seperate training for strength or looks.

  33. Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    blade ........ as in rollerblade?


    you know what the hardest thing about rollerblading is?

    telling your parents that you are gay.
    sounds like you were a rollerblader/
    so how did your parents take it?

  34. Quote Originally Posted by sfearl1 View Post
    sounds like you were a rollerblader/
    so how did your parents take it?
    hahaha.......now go put your rollerblades back on and skate away. lol.

  35. Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    hahaha.......now go put your rollerblades back on and skate away. lol.
    i'm fast too

  36. Quote Originally Posted by sfearl1 View Post
    i'm fast too
    Thats what the girls are sayin too...
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  37. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Thats what the girls are sayin too...
    i know...

  38. Quote Originally Posted by sfearl1 View Post
    i know...
    Be optimistic, at least they're saying something.
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  39. I super vain and one of the things I'm vain about is my strength. I try to stay as lean as possible but the thing that makes me most angry is when I stall in strength progression. True, everyone loves a dude wit a 8 pack but how bout the dude that knocks that other dudes teeth out :bruce2:

  40. Right now, it is all about functional strength, explosiveness, and agility.. I don't just train to be strong in the gym. I train to enhance overall athleticism that i can apply on the football field... Unfortunately i play defensive lineman(DE) and am only 6' tall... So i basically have to put most of my focus on bulking for about 8 months per year, then really hit the speed training, plyometrics, and Olympic lifts hard the other 4 months... Luckily for me, with all the cardio during football season, i get pretty cut up as well.
  

  
 

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