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    When happens when you stop weight training?

    Hey guys,

    I'm 26yo and planning to start weight training in 3 months or so, however I'm somewhat worried what will happen when I'll stop (lets face it, this day will come).

    I was wondering, what happens if at 35 if I stop exercising altogether?

    Assume that body fat is fairly low, and there is lean muscle but nothing over the top.

    Will it turn to fat?
    Will I just lose muscle?

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    Why would you stop? I'd like to think that most of us here, me included, will always weight train in one way or another. Why would we stop when we're all lookin' so good?

    Okay, lots of reasons, I guess.

    If you've managed to build up some muscle, it won't turn to fat; it'll just atrophy and you'll end up looking more or less like you did before you started training. So start, keep at it, and once you do get to where you want to be (wherever and whatever that is) I'm pretty sure that you won't want to stop.
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    Depends on a lot of different factors. Muscle can't turn into fat because they're made up of different components and occur in different locations and serve different purposes. You can add a lot of fat and lose a lot of muscle, though. That's the most likely outcome.

    I have to ask, though, why would you ever stop training? Even if you get injured, you can come back...even if you lose the ability to do some form of exercise, there are others you can do well into the golden years.
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    You're already worried about stopping and you haven't started yet?

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    Originally Posted by kimm4 View Post
    You're already worried about stopping and you haven't started yet?

    Huh....
    lol i was thinking the same thing.
    dude start training youll get addicted and youll never stop.

    well at least thats what happens to most of us on here lol
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    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    I'm 26yo and planning to start weight training in 3 months or so,
    Already making excuses? Why wait?

    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    however I'm somewhat worried what will happen when I'll stop (lets face it, this day will come).
    Why?

    No point in starting with that attitude!

    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    Assume that body fat is fairly low, and there is lean muscle but nothing over the top.
    Again, no point in even starting then IMO.

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    Why bother even living? I mean, let's face it, you're going to die some day anyway, right?
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    Originally Posted by dbx View Post
    Why bother even living? I mean, let's face it, you're going to die some day anyway, right?
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    Originally Posted by dbx View Post
    Why bother even living? I mean, let's face it, you're going to die some day anyway, right?
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    You end up like me, that's what happens when you stop.



    When I was in my early 20's I was 6'0 200lbs and probably around 12% BF if not a shade less. I was never "super ripped" but I was definitely in shape. I worked out fairly regularly but had no idea of how/what I was eating because I still had that "young guy who can eat anything" metabolism.


    Then life changes and you move around a lot and your metabolism slows down...then you quit working out....then you have a few bad relationships and start drinking a lot of beer. Next day you wake up at 285lbs with a lot of muscle atrophy and a serious beer gut.


    So now I'm killing myself trying to get rid of all the stupid mistakes I've made for the last decade...whereas I should have just watched what I ate and kept going to the gym and been happy with myself.


    You don't have to "weight train" forever if you don't want to. I see where you're coming from. But keep eating right, stay active in the gym (doing cardio/nautilus workouts isn't that demanding) and you'll be fine. You may not be huge and ripped, but you'll stay in shape and not hate yourself like I do right now LOL
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    Originally Posted by a_miller_76 View Post
    You end up like me, that's what happens when you stop.



    When I was in my early 20's I was 6'0 200lbs and probably around 12% BF if not a shade less. I was never "super ripped" but I was definitely in shape. I worked out fairly regularly but had no idea of how/what I was eating because I still had that "young guy who can eat anything" metabolism.


    Then life changes and you move around a lot and your metabolism slows down...then you quit working out....then you have a few bad relationships and start drinking a lot of beer. Next day you wake up at 285lbs with a lot of muscle atrophy and a serious beer gut.


    So now I'm killing myself trying to get rid of all the stupid mistakes I've made for the last decade...whereas I should have just watched what I ate and kept going to the gym and been happy with myself.


    You don't have to "weight train" forever if you don't want to. I see where you're coming from. But keep eating right, stay active in the gym (doing cardio/nautilus workouts isn't that demanding) and you'll be fine. You may not be huge and ripped, but you'll stay in shape and not hate yourself like I do right now LOL
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    Or you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and look and feel great the rest of your life.

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    Guys, I don't see how so many of you can have such negative things to stay about my original statement.

    I am 26, in 10 years time when I am 36 I don't know if I will have the time (for whatever reason) to keep going to the gym.

    As for not starting because I don't want to get huge, in my personal opinion it looks completely stupid to have too much muscle. I am happy with a toned look.

    And the reason I ask, is if I stop in 10 years and become a blob because I weight trained for 10 years, then obviously I wont bother starting.
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    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    Guys, I don't see how so many of you can have such negative things to stay about my original statement.

    I am 26, in 10 years time when I am 36 I don't know if I will have the time (for whatever reason) to keep going to the gym.

    As for not starting because I don't want to get huge, in my personal opinion it looks completely stupid to have too much muscle. I am happy with a toned look.

    And the reason I ask, is if I stop in 10 years and become a blob because I weight trained for 10 years, then obviously I wont bother starting.
    Ignore the sarcasm.

    Your concerns are founded but uninformed. You won't turn into a fat blob because you lifted weights when you were younger. Fat is developed through a completely different mechanism from muscle. (See my previous post above.)

    You won't get huge if you don't train and eat to get huge.

    If you buy your own equipment, there's no excuse about having the time to train.
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    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    Guys, I don't see how so many of you can have such negative things to stay about my original statement.

    I am 26, in 10 years time when I am 36 I don't know if I will have the time (for whatever reason) to keep going to the gym..
    Not enough time??? You make time, some people on this site have 3-4 kids, full time jobs and still find time to get to the gym every day. [b] You make time[ /b]

    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    As for not starting because I don't want to get huge, in my personal opinion it looks completely stupid to have too much muscle. I am happy with a toned look.
    Don't even get started with the whole "T" word here

    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    And the reason I ask, is if I stop in 10 years and become a blob because I weight trained for 10 years, then obviously I wont bother starting.
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    Jeez.........

    If you are already thinking about when you stop training, that's defeatist in itself so why bother starting inthe first place. And stop at 35? 35 is really not old age, so that is puzzling.

    Anyway, if you stop training, in time you revert back to your old self....unless you have modified your diet to ingest more food/calories and you continue to eat the same way, in which case you will get FAT.

    In which case you will become avearge, unmuscled, dull, unattractive and generally slovenly.

    LOL! JK

    Very simple..just keep training...why not? What else could be better for your health and longevity, and what else ya gotta do?

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    Once you stop working out, your muscles will atrophy (become smaller). If you're not exercising, you will put on fat. If you never start working out, you'll still put on fat.

    Don't worry about getting huge (from a muscular point of view). It's not going to happen. It takes years of hard work and healthy diet and not everyone has the genes to get huge. I think you're deluding yourself about how big your going to get and how fast it will be.

    People in this forum are spot on though. You're starting with a self-defeatist attitude if you're already thinking that you won't have time to work out in 10 years.

    "however I'm somewhat worried what will happen when I'll stop (lets face it, this day will come)."
    Let's face it. If we're here on this forum, that day hasn't come for any of us.

    It sounds like you're looking for an excuse not to work out. In which case you've come to the wrong place. Working out can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do but it takes some commitment. When you're ready to sweat a little in order to live a happier, healthier, longer life then come back here and post to ask us for some advice. We'll be glad to help.
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    Ignore the sarcasm.
    My response was NOT sarcastic at all.
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    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm 26yo and planning to start weight training in 3 months or so, however I'm somewhat worried what will happen when I'll stop (lets face it, this day will come).

    I was wondering, what happens if at 35 if I stop exercising altogether?

    Assume that body fat is fairly low, and there is lean muscle but nothing over the top.

    Will it turn to fat?
    Will I just lose muscle?

    Thanks
    are you serious about this, or are you just jerking us off?

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    Originally Posted by ntrllftr View Post
    My response was NOT sarcastic at all.
    I meant what I said!!!

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    But you didn't mean what I said.

    Or did you?

    Hey, if the shoe doesn't fit, throw it out.
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    My response was NOT sarcastic at all.
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    As for not starting because I don't want to get huge, in my personal opinion it looks completely stupid to have too much muscle. I am happy with a toned look.

    And the reason I ask, is if I stop in 10 years and become a blob because I weight trained for 10 years, then obviously I wont bother starting.
    You want to gain a little muscle to get toned but you're worried that you'll turn into a blob if you stop?
    There will come a day when I tire of listening to 80's music. That day is not today.

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    Originally Posted by snoack View Post
    I negged him.
    I repped him...but I repped you, too to maintain universal balance.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    I repped him...but I repped you, too to maintain universal balance.

    okay bear, I literally laughed out loud at that one...
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    Originally Posted by snoack View Post
    okay bear, I literally laughed out loud at that one...
    Yin and Yang, dude.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    Yin and Yang, dude.

    that's going to be my next tatt. Classic black and white, maybe with a blue aura around it.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    But you didn't mean what I said.

    Or did you?

    Hey, if the shoe doesn't fit, throw it out.
    Naw, That's how they roll in Iraq not here.

    I was just clarifying to the op that I was very serious.

    Because the internetzzz is serious bidnessss!


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    Originally Posted by snoack View Post
    that's going to be my next tatt. Classic black and white, maybe with a blue aura around it.
    That one's two away for me. The next one is going to be a Star of David with a bayonet through it...getting that one in Tel Aviv.

    Originally Posted by ntrllftr View Post
    Naw, That's how they roll in Iraq not here.

    I was just clarifying to the op that I was very serious.

    Because the internetzzz is serious bidnessss!


    Which is why I'm so friggin' serious about everthin'!

    All the time!

    Now where'd I put my "serious" hat?...

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    Originally Posted by Zteps View Post
    Guys, I don't see how so many of you can have such negative things to stay about my original statement...
    I didn't laugh at your questions. I did chuckle a bit over the fact that you aren't even going to start training for three months and you're already worried about what will happen when you quit.

    Here's the deal. When you quit training, you'll revert back to your "normal" self. At this point, you have no idea what you would look like at age 35 without weight training. You may be skinny or you may be a fat couch potato. Whichever one it is, that's what you'll look like when you quit training.

    When you quit, any muscle gained will atrophy and disappear. The only negative effect I can think of would be if you get so huge while weight training, you might have a few stretch marks and you might wind up with some sagging skin when you stop. I kind of doubt that you'll have that kind of success.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    That one's two away for me. The next one is going to be a Star of David with a bayonet through it...getting that one in Tel Aviv.



    Which is why I'm so friggin' serious about everthin'!

    All the time!

    Now where'd I put my "serious" hat?...









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    It's very very simple. If you stop training you will very slowly becomes just like the millions of other total losers out there who never picked up weight training to begin with. The muscle doesn't turn into fat, it just goes away from lack of use. You get fat if you eat more calories than your body expends, whether you're weight training or not.
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