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Thread: Bodies of weight-lifters vs marathon runners vs sprinters

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    Bodies of weight-lifters vs marathon runners vs sprinters

    Elite weight-lifters: (though not all are fat, it is common)


    The strongest man in history:

    http://www.thehumanmarvels.com/louis...an-in-history/

    Elite marathon runners: (skinny)


    Elite sprinters: (muscular with low body fat percentage)


    Though sprinters often do weight-training there are also the ancient Greek athletes - they were also muscular with low body fat and perhaps didn't do much weight training.

    BTW I started to walk recently and now I'm doing short sprints a few times each walk. I enjoy it much more than weight training or intense cardio.

    Also:
    http://blog.thegymlifestyle.com/spri...duce-body-fat/
    "It’s [sprinting] one of the few fat burning activities that can actually build muscle tissue instead of catabolizing it"
    Last edited by JohnClay; 02-05-2016 at 12:25 PM.

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    I'm guessing you look like a sprinter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrus View Post
    I'm guessing you look like a sprinter.
    No I think only people that do something like weights or sprinting would look like a muscular sprinter. I am pretty skinny with a fairly large belly and man boobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClay View Post
    Elite sprinters: (muscular with low body fat percentage)
    Wouldn't want to cross any of the two in a dark alley.

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    Did you have a point to make or did you just think this is interesting?

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    I know the point.

    People are drawn to activities that match their body type. Skinny people do well in sprinting (and related sports), so therefore they choose those sports. People who tend to acquire muscle mass choose sports where that is an advantage. And since we have a selection bias of seeing the success of people where the match is the best (i.e. ones with a poor match get weeded out), we can confirm our underlying belief that body type determines choice of athletic activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lud View Post
    Did you have a point to make or did you just think this is interesting?
    It is about 3 types of exercise - weight-lifting, jogging and sprinting and the type of body you can get just relying on that type of exercise. It seems like weightlifting can put on muscle and not lose fat, jogging makes you lose fat and muscle, while sprinting makes you lose fat and gain some muscle. ("Itís [sprinting] one of the few fat burning activities that can actually build muscle tissue instead of catabolizing it")
    I also mentioned that lately I've started sprinting and not bothered with jogging or weight-lifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheepDog View Post
    I know the point.

    People are drawn to activities that match their body type. Skinny people do well in sprinting (and related sports), so therefore they choose those sports.
    No joggers (marathon runners) are the skinny ones!

    Here are some more sprinters:

    (note: like I said elite weight-lifters often have a lot of fat - body-builders are different)


    Sprinter vs marathon runner:


    I wouldn't call those sprinter pics "skinny".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClay View Post
    No joggers (marathon runners) are the skinny ones!

    Here are some more sprinters:


    I wouldn't call those sprinter pics "skinny".
    This guy argues that at the intensity most non-elites are working out at, it doesn't really matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistamatic View Post
    This guy argues that at the intensity most non-elites are working out at, it doesn't really matter.

    Yes I said "Though sprinters often do weight-training there are also the ancient Greek athletes - they were also muscular with low body fat and perhaps didn't do much weight training."

    It seems his point was mainly about normal people vs elite sprinters and marathon runners... that doesn't change what I quoted: "It’s [sprinting] one of the few fat burning activities that can actually build muscle tissue instead of catabolizing it".

    In this part he says marathon runners are "torching through glycogen, fat, muscle..."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrDq...utu.be&t=5m27s

    So that's one reason why I don't want to do much jogging (any muscle loss at all would be bad)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrDq...utu.be&t=5m45s
    "The more reasonable comparison is the person doing an hour's worth of exercise and an averagely slow person doing sprints".

    Well that's good enough for me. BTW walking and sprinting can also be called "interval training".
    Last edited by JohnClay; 02-06-2016 at 12:31 AM.

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