General What is your definition of being "in shape"?

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Greenbean

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Nov 14, 2015
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If it had to be narrowed down to a one liner, I'd say "fit = 16% body fat and below"
It doesn't have to be narrowed down to a one liner. Break it down. No less than x bench/squat/deadlift... No slower than y minutes per mile. No more than z % body fat. Or of you're into swimming, cycling, whatever your thing is... But good start imo.

I'm not sure on body fat, but I'd say for the general population, sub 8 minute miles would be considered in shape. Were not talking athlete here. That would probably be 6 or less maybe. Anything in the 6's is great shape imo.
 

MMAPlaywright

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Jan 18, 2015
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I used to box. I only ever used to care about being ready to fight. That’s the only way I ever measured whether I was in shape..... if I was fight-ready. I no longer look at it in terms of being in shape. I’m just trying to be healthy.
 

Willthiswork

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Aug 7, 2015
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In shape for what?


The what really matters.

I would struggle mightily to run a mile in 8 minutes but I could row one silly fast.

I can't bench press for shit but I can lift anything that I need to pick up above my head.

I can't swim at all but I could play a game of basketball without issue.

Catch me on the right day and I still have abs.

I wouldn't last 5 minutes of a hard roll because it's been so long but I can still box a solid 8 rounds.

The what really does matter when asking what the ideal "in shape" would look like.
 

kneeblock

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Apr 18, 2015
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I'm in shape to post on this forum, but that's about it.

Generally, at this point in my life, if I can walk up and down a flight of steps without getting winded or having any body aches, I'm in shape.
 

CovidFree

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Oct 17, 2015
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Only people who can bench 225 for 15 + reps, squat twice their bodyweight ass to grass, run a 4.3 forty and a four minute mile are in shape
 

Dick Niaz

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Jan 14, 2018
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Much like gender and race, fitness is a social construct. We are what we identify as.

This is what you might see when you look at me, but it does not define who I am.
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Frankinmetz

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Feb 11, 2020
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I just don't want my man boobs or pot belly anymore. I don't need to be cut up or ripped, I would just prefer my body fat % to be where it's recommend.
 

conor mcgregor nut hugger

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Oct 24, 2015
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I always look at my level of fitness in terms of running stamina. If I can run 3 miles and not be ready to collapse at the end, I'm in shape.

I'd collapse after half a mile right now.
 

Hauler

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Feb 3, 2016
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The ability to tie your shoes without having to take a knee.
 

Frankinmetz

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I always look at my level of fitness in terms of running stamina. If I can run 3 miles and not be ready to collapse at the end, I'm in shape.

I'd collapse after half a mile right now.
I did a 5k and felt like a fat asshole. I maybe ran about half of it at best. I didn't feel like I was dying though.
 

conor mcgregor nut hugger

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Oct 24, 2015
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I did a 5k and felt like a fat asshole. I maybe ran about half of it at best. I didn't feel like I was dying though.
I usually notice it in my breathing. When the heavier breaths become easier, I can keep my mouth half closed, and the air feels cooler when I breathe in, I know my fitness level is improving.

In the beginning the air feels hot as fuck and I usually have to take huge gulps of air with my mouth wide open.
 

Robbie Hart

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Feb 13, 2015
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As good looking as I am and no gut anymore tells me I am in good shape

at Least I don’t have toothpick arms