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    Progress Pics, Who Takes Them?

    Seems like one of the easiest ways to track your progress right?

    For me personally I forget all the time, or I just end up not taking the necessary time to have my wife hold the camera.

    So how many of you guys actually take regular progress pics?

    Those of you who do not, how do you keep track of your progress?


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    I track progress by logging my body weight and my big 4 barbell numbers (Squat, Bench, Overhead Press, and Dead lift).

    I also gauge my progress by my ability (read: inability) to fit in to clothes. Much of my old clothing which used to fit well is uncomfortably tight now.
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    I don't take progress pics, I just look at my numbers. I am no so concerned with aesthetics as I am just getting stronger.

    I would like to start taking vids of lifts, though.
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    I take them from time to time. I am more concerned with strength though so I normally just focus on my numbers.
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    Progress pics are very important for those training for cosmetics, but not soo much for people who just train to get stronger or to improve in athletics.

    I've got progress pics from 4 years ago and a picture is worth a thousand words, especially in bodybuilding.

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    I took some pics that are in my journal, I plan on taking pics again once I've lost 100 pounds from the weight I was at, I think it was around 370 in the pic. I didn't take pics when I was 460's but I sure wish I would have. I may take some half way pics, but I really don't make it a priority to stop and take them. I do think they're awesome though, seeing a transformation like that. Motivational.
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    I think progress pics are pretty cool...especially when people have some great gains or losses. I haven't taken any though...I guess I'm more concerned with adding weight to the bar than what I look like. Another reason I work out in hoodies instead of sleeveless shirts like everyone else.
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    i try when i remember, its not hard just pop the camera on the ledge (same ledge same lighting everytime) set the auto timer and take a pic. It usually dawns on me to do this about once a month.. kind of a cool log ive had for the past year.

    Its helpful while bulking, fat comes on so gradually it just feels like youre not gaining... take a pic of yourself and compare to the one right before the bulk and you'll notice some differences... well i did anyways.

    But yeah i think recording body weight and the four major lifts every few weeks or month or so is a better idea. Its not a good idea to get too caught up in appearances.
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    So would the majority of you not really consider yourselves bodybuilders?


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    I don't take progress pics. In fact, I bet there aren't but maybe 3 or 4 pictures of me with my shirt off past the age of 12.
    But, I'm not a bodybuilder, so it's just not a priority for me. I, like many of the others, judge my progress by my lifts and the scale/mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I don't take progress pics. In fact, I bet there aren't but maybe 3 or 4 pictures of me with my shirt off past the age of 12.
    But, I'm not a bodybuilder, so it's just not a priority for me. I, like many of the others, judge my progress by my lifts and the scale/mirror.
    I take progress pics. It's great to know that I look a ton better AND seeing my lifts/weight go up. I don't see why there has to be a cut off. Isn't that what Westside style powerlifters do GPP work for? To increase work capacity and stay in shape?

    My primary goals are to gain strength and mass, but looking good isn't a bad thing in my eyes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    So would the majority of you not really consider yourselves bodybuilders?
    This forum does seem to be more powerlifting oriented than a typical bodybuilding forum. It's like most of us on this 'bodybuilding' section are just the powerlifters who haven't gotten to the big numbers yet...and we're not quite ready for the powerlifting section of wbb. At least...that's what it seems like to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    This forum does seem to be more powerlifting oriented than a typical bodybuilding forum. It's like most of us on this 'bodybuilding' section are just the powerlifters who haven't gotten to the big numbers yet...and we're not quite ready for the powerlifting section of wbb. At least...that's what it seems like to me.
    Interesting point. I'm a firm believer that everybody starts the same way, basic lifting. After a couple of years it will become apparent if you are suited for power lifting or bodybuilding. Then you can focus on those goals. I'm not sure that we are all power lifters in waiting, I think we are a bunch of guys/gals using the most appropriate means of progression. Some will eventually head down the bodybuilding path while others will keep progressing in their 3 main lifts. Still others will just remain a hybrid between the two...garage gorillas if you will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    So would the majority of you not really consider yourselves bodybuilders?
    I sure don't and never really wanted to be. I don't care to worry about my diet so much and worrying about symmetry and all the bodybuilding stuff. I just like to eat a lot, lift big, and enjoy the benefits

    I'm not sure if is what I am going for there, but I like the little guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    garage gorillas if you will.
    Okay, I don't care what I am... I like that title...

    Please refer to me as a Garage Guerilla from now on... Yeah, guerrila... I'm at war with the iron [Not to be considered at all the same as real war, for those of you who actually put your lives on the line for your countries]
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    OK, well I'm relatively new here, but I'm going to go against the grain and admit that I'm all about the cosmetic side of it. That's why I'm here. If I could get nice and big benching only 135, that'd suit me just fine.

    As you can see from my signature, I'm a LONG way from anything that would resemble the image that "bodybuilder" conjures up to the average person. But... Since I'm doing this to look better (not really for the numbers) then perhaps I'm a bodybuilder. I do wish I'd taken a couple of photos back in December, because I do already look at bit different. Nine pounds is (18) 6-oz steaks. That's a lot of meat. Tonight: Pictures, period.



    And yeah: Garage Gorilla suits me just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Interesting point. I'm a firm believer that everybody starts the same way, basic lifting. After a couple of years it will become apparent if you are suited for power lifting or bodybuilding. Then you can focus on those goals. I'm not sure that we are all power lifters in waiting, I think we are a bunch of guys/gals using the most appropriate means of progression. Some will eventually head down the bodybuilding path while others will keep progressing in their 3 main lifts. Still others will just remain a hybrid between the two...garage gorillas if you will.
    I agree with this... I started in bodybuilding and always had a great strength carryover. For years people told me to get into powerlifting as my build is perfect for it (large bone structure, heavy weight, etc).. After about 5 years I finally embraced my fatness and decided to get as strong as I can.. Now I'm in it for PLing and SM, however, I do still want to do a BB show someday, but that day is way farther than away than it used to be..


    I take progress pics when I cut weight.. I've been recomping for about 7 weeks now so I really need to take a "before" pic so that in 3 more months I can see what the difference was..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Interesting point. I'm a firm believer that everybody starts the same way, basic lifting......
    Thats pretty much the way i'm doing it - sticking with basic compound lifts until 3 heavy lifts a day becomes too much, Then after that I'll have no choice to split it up and may start throwing in isolation and appearence based stuff in

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    I take them probably twice a year, or if I happen to gain a large amount (10+ lb) under the half-year limit i'll take some... I consider my self more of a powerbuilder like HB and many others are. I am interested in getting stronger, and getting larger while keeping down the BF. If I had to choose though I would be BB. I love looking back at my first pic I took when I started lifting at like 150 lb.
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    I take pics every few months.

    As far as the BB vs PL discussion, I don't think I'm really either, but I guess I'm leaning more towards the BB side.

    I definitely started lifitng for cosmetic purposes, but after joining this site and making some great gains in the gym I started becoming more obsessed with how much I could lift on the big 3. I don't have an interest in ever using equipment for my lifts though. Also I still like to stay pretty lean most of the year. Although I do now understand the importance of bulking (I spent years spinning my wheels trying to diet to get lean and not understanding why my lifts weren't going up). I think ultimately one day I'd like to be a lean (~12% BF) 250 lbs. I'm sure by that point I'd have also reached all the raw PR goals I have on the big 3 lifts. It will definitely take a few years to get there though.
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    I take one about once every 6 months. I dont consider myself a bodybuilder, there's just things that you dont notice looking in the mirror.

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    I never did before but after recently losing a ton of weight due to injury and getting a camera in the same process, I'll be tracking my re-bulk. Set up a home gym so I'll have videos of my form from now until the weights get heavy again and pics of when I get heavy again. Going to take progress pics once a month on the 26th(date I got around to taking first set).

    Hopefully once I have bulked back up, I can put together a montage type thing like some of the guys on here. Those always seem motivational when you see a guy bulk up like crazy.

    And no, I don't really consider myself a bodybuilder, just want to get big and strong and stay relatively lean(for now).
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    I've been taking progress pic about every 10lbs for the last 2 years. It seem to help me stay motivated seeing my progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by given'er View Post
    I've been taking progress pic about every 10lbs for the last 2 years. It seem to help me stay motivated seeing my progress.
    This is pretty much what I do as well. I definitely lift to get stronger but also to look better as well, and taking pics and seeing progress helps to keep me motivated.

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    When I was bulking early on I was taking progress pics every couple months, but now that I've been around the same weight and concentrating on strength for the past 4-5 years, I haven't bothered so much and have concentrated on just tracking my PR's. I have a spreadsheet tracking my numbers and progress on many of my lifts since I started tracking a few years ago.
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