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    What will it take to look big with a shirt on!

    I look pretty good after a workout with my shirt off. But damn, when I have clothes on...people can hardly tell I lift! This feels like an uphill battle. I guess I am kind of ectomorphish to begin

    Does anyone else share my pain? Do I have to just keep training ??? Or am I doomed to this forever.
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    Buy a shirt a size too small?
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    are you still cutting ?

    do you need to be cutting ?

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    at your height (6'2") you'll need to start weighing in at a low-BF 210 or 220 or so (or more!) to get the look you're hoping for... from what I can see of your lifts and extrapolating that vs. your weight (190something) I'd venture a guess you're probably not far off from that 22% you measured the other week... say 20% for ease of calculation...

    anyway, if you halved your bodyfat from 20% to 10% and maintained all of your lean mass, you'd weigh in at about 173 and would be damn skinny lookin', I'd think... now imagine adding 40 or so lbs of mostly-muscle after you're down to 170 and that'd get you back up to 210 or so but lean.

    At 6'2", and 10%ish BF, 210 would look big no matter what you wore. I don't know if this inspires you or depresses you but there ya go.

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    Wasn't arnies competition weight about 220?

    Why do people talk like its easy to just rock up to 10%bf and 220lbs?

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    Originally posted by WestyHeadbanger
    Wasn't arnies competition weight about 220?

    Why do people talk like its easy to just rock up to 10%bf and 220lbs?
    Hey man, no one said it was EASY

    and no, arnold didn't compete at 220lbs, IIRC... more like 250ish range. Rock or chris mason could likely confirm this...
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    thanks guys. I like how the first 3 posts had question marks at the end. lol Yea, I'm cutting. I do look like I have some muscle when I wear a tight shirt. But if I wear a "regular" size shirt forget it.

    Thanks for the tip Callahan. My bf% is accurate after all I guess. The f'cked up part, is that I still look skinny even @ 20%. My face got a little chubbier though. I would look good naked without this damn fat.

    LMAO @ jeebus. Always laugh reading your post I would love to be able to start fresh at 160 ( I actually was 160 before)
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    Originally posted by Callahan

    IIRC... more like 250ish range. Rock or chris mason could likely confirm this...
    I'm fairly certain, the heaviest he ever competed at was at around 235 or so.

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    Originally posted by Callahan


    At 6'2", and 10%ish BF, 210 would look big no matter what you wore. I don't know if this inspires you or depresses you but there ya go.

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    Inspiring. I am in this for the long haul. How long will it take to drop bf%? 6 months??
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    Originally posted by Blood&Iron

    I'm fairly certain, the heaviest he ever competed at was at around 235 or so.
    Holy f**k. You're telling me Arnold competed at 235!! Oh man, I am DEFINITELY doing something wrong.
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    Originally posted by Blood&Iron

    I'm fairly certain, the heaviest he ever competed at was at around 235 or so.
    No. He states in his book that he was 250 pounds when he first competed, but not as cut as he became during the Olympias.

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    arnolds bf was way lower then 10% on stage too.
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    Dont worry about it. I never look to big either. I mean I have a thick torso and a small waist that shows but I dont look huge. One thing I love about this is it's cool to keep it a secret from everyone, you lift for yourself not everyone else. People sometimes never realize I lift until they see me at the gym and the're shocked. They never knew because i don't walk around wearing small shirt I like to keep to myself. When I get bigger I just buy bigger clothes.
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    When I was weighing in the 220lb range, I looked big in pretty much any clothes I was wearing. Now at 200lb with 7% I don't look nearly as big in clothes but look much bigger with a tank top or shirtless. It's just a tradeoff I guess. I still wear XXX shirts but I don't quite fill them out as much now. I used to get upset about not looking big all the time....Now I just don't care. If people don't think I work out, I'll whip my shirt off and show them! lol!
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    Originally posted by NDBeast

    No. He states in his book that he was 250 pounds when he first competed, but not as cut as he became during the Olympias.
    I had originally thought of mentioning that in the post, but it seemed to me a trivial point.

    When most people speak about Arnold (at his peak), they're speaking about him from the period of 1970-1975 or so. For those contests, he most certainly WASN'T 250.

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    well, I guess the takehome point is that whether he was 235 onstage at 5% or 250something offseason at 10%, he looked big in or out of clothes, which was what stabber was asking about

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    Looking big in a shirt generally means having a higher bodyfat percentage. Those that are usually ripped don't look very big in a shirt, since there's less mass pushing against the shirt. If you have great lean mass already, and put a coating of fat over it, the shirt will conceal it, but you'll still have the shape and form of a huge guy.
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    big

    I believe how you "look" in clothes is due to your genetics also. I am 6'1'' and 220-225 with about 14-16% bf, and I don't look big in clothes or out of clothes. I am blessed with a great lower torso, but have wide hips, small chest and arms. This equates to me not looking the part of a bodybuilder.

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    you won't have to get very big for people to think you look big, but you will probably never think of yourself as big.
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    Big shoulders chest and traps would make you look big in a t-shirt, hit them extra hard :evillaugh
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    Originally posted by steveo
    you lift for yourself not everyone else.
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    wear a shirt with muscles printed on it

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    i think in order to LOOK big in a shirt you have to BE big.
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