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How big do I need to get??? Pics included!

#1 Postby boardn10 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:53 pm

I would love to compete in a contest at some point, although at 42 years of age, it would have to be a Masters class. I have been at it for years adn right now I am 6' 2 1/2" tall and I weigh 216 lbs.
I know size is not everything, but over 200 lbs is considered heavyweight so should I target a specific weight range before I start concentrating on balance and getting cut, etc?

Pics posted on next page. :mrgreen:

The pics are embarrassing. Not that great. I am also embarrassed because I have gained some chub since last August. I was in great shape in August at 210 lbs. I then hurt my shoulder and stopped heavy lifting for 4 months! I was told to keep eating big but as a result gained fat. We also went to Disney World for a week and although we walked a lot, I ate a lot of bad food! Lots of deserts.
Anyway I am not in as good a shape now and I am frustrated. I lost a lot of definition and even the peak on my biceps is mostly gone and looks smaller. All I can do is keep eating better and working out and see where it takes me.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#2 Postby VeganEssentials » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:41 pm

It would probably always be easiest if you were to post a photo of yourself so that the BB'ers of the board can give the best advice on how much you'd reasonably expect to need to do before considering stepping on stage. Stats alone can be VERY tough to go by for gauging how someone would fare in competition, so I have the feeling that you're going to get more of the request of "photos are needed for good advice" before you're going to hear too much!
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#3 Postby boardn10 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:24 am

OK, I will try to get a photo up. Thanks!
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#4 Postby boardn10 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:14 pm

I will say that since increasing calories and lifting heavy, my strength and size has been going up noticably. Funny thing is, I don't even do protein powders any longer. I just increase calories and the protein takes care of itself.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#5 Postby boardn10 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:22 pm

What is the best way to take a pic of myself, in the mirror? Man, I am so pale, it is embarrassing.
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#6 Postby VeganEssentials » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:33 pm

Mirror works, otherwise, just have someone else get a few good shots. Preferably, for being able to get a good gauge of where you're at, it'd be good to get a front shot, side shot and back shot, as well as a few of the traditional bodybuilding flexing poses and that should be enough for the experts to weigh in better!
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#7 Postby haroldabolyo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:11 am

in order to determine how big you wanna be often settles down to the kind of height you have. You have to consider also your height on this aspect.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#8 Postby boardn10 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:28 pm

haroldabolyo wrote:in order to determine how big you wanna be often settles down to the kind of height you have. You have to consider also your height on this aspect.


Exactly, that is why I mentioned that I am 6' 2 1/2" :)
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#9 Postby haroldabolyo » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:24 am

oops sorry hehe I think I skipped that part. Yea you are right that size is a big part in the competition. If you can boost and form those hard to work out areas then for sure you have a chance on those judges.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#10 Postby boardn10 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:12 pm

I don't really have anyone to take a picture of me and the mirror shots are not coming out well....too much glare. I think I am too white to compete. I am the whitest white guy!

My friends think bodybuilding is stupid and won't take the pictures and feel awkward asking my wife, LOL. I will try to get something.
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#11 Postby VeganEssentials » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:27 pm

Looks like you're due to find out if there's a timer on your camera - that should make it easy if you can set a 5-10 second delay!
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#12 Postby boardn10 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:45 am

Yep, I will get it soon, maybe this weekend. I am worried about gaining too much fat while bulking and then having belly fat that could be hard to lose. LOL.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#13 Postby Richard » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:58 am

Turn the flash off on your camera to avoid glare from a mirror
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#14 Postby vegansludge » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:41 pm

Richard wrote:Turn the flash off on your camera to avoid glare from a mirror


Or leave it so we can pretend like it's still 2001 and MySpace is still awesome.

All kidding aside, I totally understand what you mean, OP, about not knowing how much muscle to put on, though, my concerns aren't BB specific - looking to do PL competitions and I'm currently touting the line between classes and, although competition is a long way off for me, I'd like to start planning ahead.
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Re: How big do I need to get???

#15 Postby boardn10 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:53 pm

I will try to get something this week guys! I am a little upset because I looked better last year when I weighed 210 and had more of a V shape. I have been taking in a lot of calories the last few months and do not look as good at 216 right now. I am trying to gain muscle, but I was stronger over the summer when i was 210! I get frustrated feeling like I can never get beyond about 212-218 unless I were to try steroids which I would never do. Maybe I need to start back on the protein powder and creatine in a another month or so. Last summer I was in the middle of a 4 say program so maybe I should try that split again.
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