OP - an excellent thread. Thank you for bringing it up. Every time I start to think I should lift weights I get confused so this thread cleared up a lot, and luckily I am a dude so do not have to stress some of the issues brought up by women here (though it is nice to see how the 'other side' fares on such topics)
Originally Posted by magnolia1973
To address the quotes above, I am not sure Mark could. As has been stated/implied in this thread, body is very much an n = 1. The OP does not want large thighs which make wearing pants/shorts uncomfortable, Leida wants to be firmer and have less body fat (despite having a body which Magnolia says 95% of women over 30 would want), Magnolia seems to be very happy with her ass but not with her arms, meanwhile poster X might want bigger arms and a different ass or to gain 20 pounds while poster Y wants to lose 20.
Originally Posted by Leida
As Iniquity said, we make the mistake of trying to tell others how they should look. How would Mark addressing body image be any different? Mark, "Hey, be happy with what you have..."
Again, as it has been said in this thread, some women gain muscle quickly, others don't, some have short legs, some have stubborn fat in certain areas, it varies.
Men are much the same. I have decent sized legs, broad shoulders, and tiny ass arms. It frustrates the hell out of me, is that something Mark can make me feel better about? How would he know what is realistic for me, without meeting with me. Perhaps I am one of the bless 1%, perhaps I can do a shit ton of squats and not get the gains Fastcat could doing half the work, perhaps my arms will always be proportionally small, how would he know?
Again, I am no expert on weight lifting/exercise, it just seems that outside of broad guidelines (Primal Fitness etc) 'what is possible' and body image are very much an individual thing.
sorry for the hijack, back to the informative and entertaining thread the OP started...
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