running is bollox

running or bodybuilding

1 to 20 of 53 messages
30/05/2009 at 00:18
I am torn between two evils.Do I diet lose weight and look like a stick.Or simply go to the gym 4 times a week,eat like mad (which i enjoy doing) and bulk up like a proper bodybuilder.Lets face it no competetive runners have bodys to die for do they? I am a member of a club and do ok with my times, I usualy manage a 10k in about 44-46 minutes, however there is this obsession with every runner to go quicker why???
30/05/2009 at 00:39

If you want to look good then you can do better than being a runner. I run because I enjoy it. If you prefer gym then you can gym it and run as an extra.

I don't think everyone who's a runner is obsessed with times, but if it's your main hobby, there's nothing like improving..

30/05/2009 at 00:59

Loads of runners have great physiques., or at least I think so.

However, if your ideal bod is that of a body builder, go build that body.  Do it natrualy though othersie us runners will out live you

Good luck with whatever you chose.

30/05/2009 at 06:50

I think runners have fantastic bodies actually

I know which i prefer out of a runner and a body builder

Mmm

its why i like going to races

PSC    pirate
30/05/2009 at 06:59
perv
PSC    pirate
30/05/2009 at 07:02
don't agree with the "all runners want to get faster thing"........  I've met many who are less worried about their speed, but want to go further.  Ultra runners have very good physiques presumably because they run in the fat burning zone all the time and therefore have a lower %age of body fat than many......
30/05/2009 at 07:10

"Or simply go to the gym 4 times a week,eat like mad (which i enjoy doing)"

Brilliant Stuff
30/05/2009 at 07:53
Brad Robinson 2 wrote (see)
I am torn between two evils.Do I diet lose weight and look like a stick.Or simply go to the gym 4 times a week,eat like mad (which i enjoy doing) and bulk up like a proper bodybuilder.Lets face it no competetive runners have bodys to die for do they? I am a member of a club and do ok with my times, I usualy manage a 10k in about 44-46 minutes, however thered is this obsession with every runner to go quicker why???


two things are very short sighted in what you say:

'look like a stick' - believe me Brad, I do NOT look like a stick. Im 6ft and weigh 75kg.

'obsession to go quicker' - dur, its a measurement of progress isnt it! I imagine that the bodybuilding equivalent however is bulking up and getting bigger, which in itself is a measurement of progress.

The last point I am reluctant to comment on, but fuck it I will (mainly because I think that your inital post is on the whole rather narrow-minded). I have had quite a few very positive comments from people on here about my body. Now I run because I ENJOY it. I also cycle and do gym stuff (high rep low weight), so as an added bonus my body has become quite 'good' not through purely vanity reasons which sounds like your motivation.

9 out of 10 blokes down the gym grunting away in the heavy weights section of my gym are all tubby big blokes with no definition quaffing protein powder rubbish and all that shit, and I imagine (looking at your picture) you would probably fit into that category too if you were to go down that route. Running can fit in with weights, and would be a HEALTHIER option....get outside, the weather is lovely at the moment, fresh air, sun, etc etc - why be cooped up in a gym in the name of vanity?

30/05/2009 at 08:17
I was in the pub the other week with a bunch of running mates - all of us in our 40s and all of us looking pretty good for our age, no doubt about it.

my son plays rugby and when I'm with the other rugby dads I look about 10 years younger than any of them even though we're all about the same age!

Long term, running will keep you in better shape - and better looking - than bodybuilding. imho, of course.

It comes down to 'why are you running?'. If you are considering chucking it in then it seems to me you don't really have a love for it. If you want to just go to the gym four times a week that's absolutely fine - you don't need to apologise for it. Perhaps you just need to get the balance right?

btw - I used to run seven days a week and eat like mad and it seemed to work fine for me.

and one last thing - all women who run are beautiful.

Cheers

30/05/2009 at 08:32

Weird thread.

Most bodybuilders are unhealthy, have small weak hearts, and a even smaller brain.

Alot of runners do weights, for increased strength, vanity etc.

Nam
30/05/2009 at 08:37
Zanzinger wrote (see)

Most bodybuilders are unhealthy, have small weak hearts, and a even smaller brain.


and an even smaller shnizzle...
Nam
30/05/2009 at 08:42

Having said that though I do agree that many runners, both male and female, look emaciated to a point where it's no longer deemed attractive to the majority (although it is in the eye of the beholder and I'm sure some do find it attractive).

I think folk who look different often do things on top of running that gives them that shape, like Alex throws in a few tris or Nick L you do some rock climbing etc don't you(?) to give you that upper body definition. 

Double 0    pirate
30/05/2009 at 09:09
Do Triathlon Brad, if your looking for a fit bod and it's great fun!  
Nam
30/05/2009 at 09:26

You're right Double 0... my mate is an RAF triathlete and he just uploaded some pics from a recent duathlon...  hellloooo boys!!! 

>drools<

>wipes drool<

30/05/2009 at 09:45

Thanks for all your replies and constructive comments.I think that I am being misguided by the running club,and the big bodybuilders at the gym.The runners at the club are all obssessed by going faster and losing weight to go faster.The guys at the gym are all obssesed to the point were they want to lift more and eat as many calories a day as possible.Like most of you guys have said why don`t i just do both disciplines ie running and the gym, which is what i am allready doing and enjoying.I allways set out to keep fit and control my weight which is what i am doing.What I do lack is focus though, i think i need a new challenge to work towards.Double 0 I have thought about triathlon until i saw the price of the bikes!!!!

p.s. Nick L I am deffinately not a  "tubby big bloke with no definition quaffing protein powder rubbish"

30/05/2009 at 09:56

Brad - if you're looking at tri-specific bikes then yes, they're very expensive. But you don't need one. Any half-decent road bike will more than suffice, and you can try out a few sprint events on a mountain bike without looking out of place.

Tri is as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be.

30/05/2009 at 11:00
I'd like to know which pub Bazza and his mates will be in this weekend please
30/05/2009 at 11:51
bazza wrote (see)
and one last thing - all women who run are beautiful.

What a lovely thing to say!

Nam wrote (see)
Zanzinger wrote (see)

Most bodybuilders are unhealthy, have small weak hearts, and a even smaller brain.


and an even smaller shnizzle...

And this is just what I was thinking

And I wanna see these pic's of Nam's mate

30/05/2009 at 12:35
Wot Schmunkee said .... word for word, took the thoughts right out of my feverish mind
cougie    pirate
30/05/2009 at 15:56
Do what you want to do. If pumping iron in a sweaty gym and seeing your mates oiled up in trunks does it for you - then go ahead !

I shall stick to running outside in the sun and seeing nature.
And girls in lycra.
1 to 20 of 53 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW Forums