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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-21-08, 07:24 PM   #1
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Do you get bigger as you get older?

I know that this sort of a strange question, but I seem to be getting bigger then when I was younger. I'll try to explain the best that I can. When I was 36 and started working out, I was 207 pounds and 26 percent body fat. That put my lean body mass at 153 pounds. I was able to get down to 15 percent body fat and put on 6 pounds of LBM at that point in my life. Now at 43, when I started this time, I was measured at 215 pounds at 24 percent body fat. That give me 163 pounds of LBM and I had not even started to work out yet. I had gained an extra 4 pounds of LBM on top of the 6 that I had before with out even working out or the use of creatine. Also, my chest is at 43 inches with out doing any anything to pump it up verses the 41 inches I had when I was trying to body build. My waist is now 37 verses the 32-33 inches that it use to be. I have a few more pounds to lose, but I don't see myself ever getting down to where I was before. I am OK with that, but thought that you were suppose to shrink as you got older I guess I was just wondering if anyone else was seeing the same thing happen to them.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:36 PM   #2
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You can....it's called middle age thickening. Also, the older you get, the harder it is to get rid of, so get cracking now.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:37 PM   #3
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How do you measure the body fat percentage? It's pretty tough to do that accurately (short of an autopsy, I guess).
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When I was 24 I was at 190. I was thin at 6'1. I started playing more itense sports and got more involved. When I was 29, I was 200 lbs but couldn't pull the same pants I wore at 24 over my thighs. Musular maturity is my guess.
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You can....it's called middle age thickening. Also, the older you get, the harder it is to get rid of, so get cracking now.
Tom, if you don't mind, I think I will go with Mr. Beanz muscular maturity name, it just sounds so much better. I have been "cracking" at it for a while now and I will find out Thursday if I have gotten below the sub-200 mark.

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How do you measure the body fat percentage? It's pretty tough to do that accurately (short of an autopsy, I guess).
The gym that I go to has an electronic pinch gauge for estimating body fat. They figure it is within +/- 3 percent. It is accurate enough to get an idea of where I stand. I have been fortunate enough to have the same person do the measuring, which helps keep the results as accurate as possible. There is another method involves submersion in a tub. The college does it the last time that I checked, but it runs over $75 for them to perform the test. I really don't need to be that accurate for my purposes.
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As you get older, you get bigger. Sorry, but that's just a fact of life.
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