mattsteg wrote: Synchromesh wrote:
NomandixGT wrote:I'm a skinny guy too, 6'5" 175lbs. I agree with SecretMaster, we can't put on mad amounts of muscle, we are just alot more toned. I play college volleyball and have taken the first year of Human Kinetics in college, so I know a couple things about working out.
Check with BMI index but 175lbs with such a height doesn't seem right. A friend of mine is 6'1 205lbs or so and he is pretty normal with some muscle (he plays sports but he is not very buff).
BMI's pretty pointless except arguably as a statistical tool for evaluating entire populations. For the record, it'd label NomandixGT as "normal" and your friend as 15 pounds "overweight". The range of sizes and shapes that the human frame can take makes an indicator like the BMI pretty worthless for considering individual cases.
I have checked my BMI. Mine is about 8% (last time I checked). I agree with mattsteg that it is a stat tool, but it is a useful tool if you are overweight. For the skinnier guys it's not much of a factor IMO; at least I'm not concerned with it at all.
As for the form and function discussion, I agree with that as well. I've always been a pretty 'skinny' guy, but I'm still able to compete at high-level sports. It's just the way I'm built; I'm a speed/agility/jumping type build, not a big bulking powerhouse guy. But I am a strong advocate of working out, as I've found out this year that I need to stay in the gym to maintain my strength and speed/jump.
In general I'd say if you don't do weights, then find an activity you really enjoy (like volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming etc) and stick with it. You may not get the mad muscle you want, but you will see some strength gains and will definitely benefit from the exercise (decrease risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and for me personally it makes me feel great).
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