T Nation

Looking Big Without Looking Like You Lift?


#1

How big can you get before the average person will know you lift just based on what you look like in regular clothes? Let's say regular clothes are long-sleeved shirts and pants, but not wearing a suit every day. Assume 10% BF and average height to keep things simple.

This isn't anything important to me, I'm just idly wondering... Quite a few people ask me if I "do any sports", but only when they see how much I eat, which I think is pretty funny.


#2

199.997 lbs at 6"

200lbs and its totally obvious.


#3

Judging by the RMP thread, I’d say 145 lbs is the threshold for Hyooge.

If you hit 165, you’re Jacked.

Anything greater than that is simply Swole.


#4

I have no clue what you are talking about. It’s all subjected. My nutritionist is an IFBB Pro Middleweight. When he wears a shirt and tie he looks stocky. You see him in a t-shirt and he looks like a pro bodybuilder.

I hovering around 230-240 in the offseason and people comment to me about my size when i am wearing a winter jacket occasionally.

What does it matter anyway?


#5

It’s not 6’ 195lbs at 15% body fat. You can’t even tell I lift if a wear a regular shirt with long sleeves. If I wear a good fitting t-shirt I’ve gotten comments about being in shape. Recently a nurse asked me if I did pushups because I looked in shape. This was kind of an ego deflater. I got my bench up to 275 so I can look like I might do pushups?!


#6

[quote]sam_sneed wrote:
It’s not 6’ 195lbs at 15% body fat. You can’t even tell I lift if a wear a regular shirt with long sleeves. If I wear a good fitting t-shirt I’ve gotten comments about being in shape. Recently a nurse asked me if I did pushups because I looked in shape. This was kind of an ego deflater. I got my bench up to 275 so I can look like I might do pushups?![/quote]

Don’t take it as an insult- everyone knows that pushups are more functional.


#7

Depends entirely on your frame.


#8

[quote]tribunaldude wrote:
Depends entirely on your frame.[/quote]

[/thread]

Hey, does anyone know how much money I have to earn before I have “a lot”?


#9

[quote]Professor X wrote:

Hey, does anyone know how much money I have to earn before I have “a lot”?[/quote]

Just more than the next guy…


#10

[quote]sam_sneed wrote:
It’s not 6’ 195lbs at 15% body fat. You can’t even tell I lift if a wear a regular shirt with long sleeves. If I wear a good fitting t-shirt I’ve gotten comments about being in shape. Recently a nurse asked me if I did pushups because I looked in shape. This was kind of an ego deflater. I got my bench up to 275 so I can look like I might do pushups?![/quote]

Yeah, I second that. I’m 201/202 at 6’, about 15% bf (maybe a tad more, but under 20 for sure), and the most common thing I get is, ‘did you play sports in school?’ Uggghhhh… I’d much rather, ‘dude, you must work out!’


#11

[quote]patricio2626 wrote:
sam_sneed wrote:
It’s not 6’ 195lbs at 15% body fat. You can’t even tell I lift if a wear a regular shirt with long sleeves. If I wear a good fitting t-shirt I’ve gotten comments about being in shape. Recently a nurse asked me if I did pushups because I looked in shape. This was kind of an ego deflater. I got my bench up to 275 so I can look like I might do pushups?!

Yeah, I second that. I’m 201/202 at 6’, about 15% bf (maybe a tad more, but under 20 for sure), and the most common thing I get is, ‘did you play sports in school?’ Uggghhhh… I’d much rather, ‘dude, you must work out!’[/quote]

It’s usually something more like, “do you workout?”…as if muscles just grow for no reason. Sometimes you get, “I was your size back when I was your age!” coming from some 140lbs dude in his late 40’s.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get, “my cousin is even bigger than you”.

Apparently everyone has a cousin over 300lbs ripped who hardly ever trains.


#12

[quote]Professor X wrote:
It’s usually something more like, “do you workout?”…as if muscles just grow for no reason. Sometimes you get, “I was your size back when I was your age!” coming from some 140lbs dude in his late 40’s.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get, “my cousin is even bigger than you”.

Apparently everyone has a cousin over 300lbs ripped who hardly ever trains.[/quote]

Ah, yes, the older and more out of shape they are, the better they once were, or the better somebody they know is. Freakin’ one-uppers, gotta love it…


#13

[quote]Professor X wrote:
If you’re lucky, you’ll get, “my cousin is even bigger than you”.

Apparently everyone has a cousin over 300lbs ripped who hardly ever trains.[/quote]

My cousin is bigger than you. Last time I saw her, she was around 500 lbs. She never trains.


#14

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
Professor X wrote:
If you’re lucky, you’ll get, “my cousin is even bigger than you”.

Apparently everyone has a cousin over 300lbs ripped who hardly ever trains.

My cousin is bigger than you. Last time I saw her, she was around 500 lbs. She never trains.[/quote]

Ooooh, snap!


#15

[quote]patricio2626 wrote:
Ah, yes, the older and more out of shape they are, the better they once were, or the better somebody they know is. Freakin’ one-uppers, gotta love it… [/quote]

http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-saturday-night-live-penelope-traffic-school/H79_HlYXG0Tff_eUAb5wgRHwRsmPI4Sr


#16

[quote]patricio2626 wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
Professor X wrote:
If you’re lucky, you’ll get, “my cousin is even bigger than you”.

Apparently everyone has a cousin over 300lbs ripped who hardly ever trains.

My cousin is bigger than you. Last time I saw her, she was around 500 lbs. She never trains.

Ooooh, snap![/quote]

…crackle and pop!


#17

[quote]forlife wrote:
patricio2626 wrote:
Ah, yes, the older and more out of shape they are, the better they once were, or the better somebody they know is. Freakin’ one-uppers, gotta love it…

http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-saturday-night-live-penelope-traffic-school/H79_HlYXG0Tff_eUAb5wgRHwRsmPI4Sr [/quote]

Hah, nice.


#18

[quote]patricio2626 wrote:
forlife wrote:
patricio2626 wrote:
Ah, yes, the older and more out of shape they are, the better they once were, or the better somebody they know is. Freakin’ one-uppers, gotta love it…

http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-saturday-night-live-penelope-traffic-school/H79_HlYXG0Tff_eUAb5wgRHwRsmPI4Sr

Hah, nice.[/quote]

LOL!!

I probably enjoyed that more then you though, hmmm. My dad owns Saturday Night Live so I probably watch it more often than you do, Hmmmmm.


#19

what’s the threshold for not being “skinny”?


#20

well the guys at school noticed and sad to me taht I have changed(from a fat bastard).and now they say to me taht I have got big,anyways I feel small at 196lbs 17%bf,I want to be at least 200-220lbs with 10% bf,it’ll take years but I am not running anywhere,and for that cousin thingy,Most cousins claims come for 130 pound “ripped” cousins,with ABZ…