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10-13-2015 02:12 AM
monfed
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

Depends on your definition of fitness. What's important is you're strong and healthy and can do most daily tasks like moving furniture, loading stuff in your home etc. If you're thinking about gaming women by pure body alone you will fail. To game women, you need to know how to flirt with a relatively decent body(don't be too scrawny/fat). Don't forget the big one - Throw money at her.
10-12-2015 08:49 PM
GOAT = Fed
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

NO you cannot. And most of the examples given here are of guys with moderately high body fat who have a lot of muscle mass.

Take my example; a year and a half ago I was supremely fit. 6'1'' and 85kg at 12% bodyfat.

I let myself go - badly, but still lifted, just diet was shit. I've made a lot of strength gains but my cardio was shit, I definitely got gassed climbing a set of stairs. Being ''fit'' and fat is a contradiction. I even stopped lifting 6 months ago and my health has certainly taken a downward spiral. Of course a few weeks ago I got disgusted at my body compared to my glory days and am back on it.
10-11-2015 10:51 AM
sorrybutyebiga
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

Yes
10-11-2015 03:44 AM
leng jai
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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Originally Posted by 2003 View Post
Do you have a gut?
She does.
10-10-2015 11:49 AM
Johnny Groove
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

Yes you can have a gut and be in decent shape, but you will never be in as good of shape as you would be if you cut that body fat %

It is simple science. More excess fat hanging around the midsection = more energy needed to maneuver the body around = tired quicker = more weight pounding into the joints, etc.

Just lose the weight, you'll be better off
10-09-2015 05:27 PM
HoorayBeer
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

Bevers is fit with a gut and he has a girlfriend who loves him very much

10-08-2015 01:56 PM
azure
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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.
10-05-2015 04:24 PM
cmchelsea
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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
09-06-2015 10:26 AM
Chris Kuerten
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

In before Latso.
09-06-2015 06:11 AM
2003
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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Originally Posted by ibreak4coffee View Post
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.
01-12-2013 07:44 PM
2003
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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Originally Posted by ibreak4coffee View Post
I've seen plenty of people with a beer gut running marathons
Jogging marathons*
01-11-2013 09:16 PM
Vinceremo
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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Originally Posted by MaxPower View Post
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).
01-11-2013 08:08 PM
ibreak4coffee
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

I've seen plenty of people with a beer gut running marathons
01-11-2013 08:02 PM
2003
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

Nice looking lats in that photo though
01-11-2013 12:46 PM
abraxas21
Re: Can you have a gut and still be fit?

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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