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View Poll Results: Can you have a beer gut and still be fit?
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post #31 of 51 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 01:11 PM
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I had to ask cos the question was "can you have a guit and still be fit" and you didn't address the fitness aspect of the question.

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Asian genes? I resent that. I'd run you into the ground 2003, ya weasel.

So someone recently informed me that my sig was empty. Said I needed a life affirming motivational quote by a positive role model like Einstein or Oscar Wilde...

Great tip to stay fit and mobile: If you run up and down the stairs two steps at a time at least once daily, there will never come a time when you can't do it. Until of course one day you mistime a step, collapse and break all your bones... That would suck. But you had a good run.

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Definitely not!
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I had to ask cos the question was "can you have a guit and still be fit" and you didn't address the fitness aspect of the question.
Do you have a gut?

"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "

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Nalbandian and Malisse have won 5 set matches with their guts.
Malisse has a gut this year in his 30's and doesn;t even look tired.

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"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "

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Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

women generally say that a fit stomach is the sexiest part in a man's body.

for me it's kind of the same. the sexiest part of a woman's body are her waist and hips.

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federer has a gut and still has won more GS than anybody else before him. I believe that says a lot about the quality of this tennis era.


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Nice looking lats in that photo though

"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "

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Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

I've seen plenty of people with a beer gut running marathons
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here is a really good example:



That dude would knock out all the MTF readers for sure. A gut doesn't hurt your strength one bit. Just means you have eaten more energy than you spent. It does have some advantage in physical sports as it "shields your organs and bones" in some sense. It acts as a cushion to damage. But as noted above it definitely hurts your endurance. Why: because you are heavier and have a bigger body volume = more strain on the heart. Heart has to work harder and you get tired faster. Also more strain on your knees and joints = higher risk for injury.

So it depends on what the critera for fit is. Is it just being atheletic then sure you can have a gut. Is it being very agile with great endurance (important for soccer, tennis, long distance running etc etc) then having a gut is definitely sign of major fail and cheating with the training.

For most normal people it's more a question about diet than actual training. Fat doesn't disappear with training really. It's the body reserve. Build more muscle and your body consumes more energy so unless you start to eat more then your gut slowly disappears. Stop training and your muscles will wither away and unless you start to eat less to compensate for lower energy consumption then the gut comes back to say hello
I don't think Roy Nelson is a proper example for this thread, sure the guy has insane power + amazing chin + actual boxing/BJJ skills. Now, is he a FIT guy? Hell no. He looked pathetic in the coaches' challenge for the Ultimate Fighter were he was the team leader and he's well known for gassing awfully after the first couple of rounds, sometimes after the first round. He's clearly not a good example, and definitely not successful due to his fitness or stamina.

Best example that came to mind is Cain Velasquez:


Sure, he doesn't have a huge prominent gut but, not only he still has one, he's also got a very high bodyfat % and he's not ripped/shredded at all. Nevertheless, he's got remarkable cardio for a heavyweight (approx 110kgs) and can keep an insane pace during long fights with nonstop action.

On topic, yes it is possible to be fit while having a gut but it's far from a rule and some people are just naturally amazing athletes (exploited after the proper training of course).
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I've seen plenty of people with a beer gut running marathons
Jogging marathons*

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I've seen plenty of people with a beer gut running marathons
Same for cyclists on the road but it's hard to tell how much they cycle, anyone running a marathon has to be fit.

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In before Latso.

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Of course they can I weigh over 13 stone with 22% body fat and I play football 2/3 times a week and train most other days when I am not working
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I ran cross country in high school very successfully with a mini gut. I wasn't fat, and when wearing a shirt you wouldn't be able to tell. I just look like another thin guy. But I had a squishy gut, and it didn't impede me too much. Always been a terrible sprinter though.
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