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Posted: 11/4/2009 5:38:58 PM EST
I've seen several threads lately with posters saying, "...back when I was in shape I could...".

So when were you really at your best?

Why did that change and any plans to get back to that point?

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:44:07 PM EST
Actually now at 42, was pretty good 15-25. Much more lean muscle now, about twice or more stronger. Have been concentrating on it more now. Was sex,drugs, and rock n' roll. Now it's sex, protein and PBR!
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:44:40 PM EST
20-25

i was running or mountain biking every day and snowboarding a lot during the winter.

went back to school and stayed in pretty good shape until grad (master's degree) school, law school and then years behind a desk have destroyed my good shape.

i need to get back lifting and running or the stress is gonna kill me.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:46:58 PM EST
probably sophomore year in high school through about 19 then I got kinda lazy by the time i hit last summer at age 23 I was 175lbs. Between the beginning of last summer and now I'm back to 147lbs which is where I was when I graduated high school, although I think now I have more muscle and less fat than even high school.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:47:14 PM EST
Ah well fuck.

Voted 15-20.

Not in that age group anymore. Need to get it together before it seriously starts going downhill.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:47:26 PM EST
I'm just waiting for the "1-5 were my glory years" guys to get here.

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:47:45 PM EST
31
Just divorced and was living in the gym to work off the frustrations.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:49:39 PM EST
Now, lifting every day, running 3 miles at near sprint, and eating healthy (15-20) gotta love the season working up to varsity baseball
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:49:51 PM EST
28 in the Army. Took a PT test, did 120 good countable pushups in 2 minutes, ran the two miles in 12:15, scored 332 on the overscale.

With the flu.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:50:44 PM EST
i'm 24 and put on quite a few pounds in my college days. graduating to sedentary days in front of a computer didn't help. not fat, but not svelte either.

the biggest thing I did was, I stopped eating because I was bored!!! i stopped paying attention to cravings. I eat for fuel and nutrients only. I don't eat until I am really hungry. The weight has been dropping off quick! I am working on doing an upper body or running workout every day. I'd say my most fit days are still to come. It takes a certain level of getting fed up with yourself and the drive and determination to know that you are the only one who can change yourself. It also has greatly helped me escape a deep rut in my life. watch out ladies, summer 2010 I'll be ready...
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:53:25 PM EST
15 - 25

All kinds of sports (football, basketball, soccer, biking, etc) and mainly just kept active hiking, working out, eating well, etc.

Got married and had a kid. Now I'm a weak, lazy wimp. Just don't have the time. Correction: just haven't made the time/effort to get back in shape. Know I'd feel 100x times better, but just gotta start at some point. Maybe tomorrow.

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:57:51 PM EST
When I was young I could surf all day.....15 or so.

At 45 I was doing a lot of biking and had a resting heart rate in the 40's and did some 100 mi rides.


Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:59:40 PM EST
17-21 (broken into two periods in your poll, so I couldn't vote). But that was the period I was in the Marine Corps, and I never was, nor shall ever be in as great a shape as I was then.


Semper fi!!


Cpl, USMC
'77-'81
MOS 7234
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:01:17 PM EST
21-35. Competed in 5K and 10K races, hiked and rode my bike a lot during the summers, did a lot of cross-country skiing and played hockey during the winters. I would swim a lot, too.

And every Saturday during the fall I would be out hunting in the mountains, which usually involved a fair amount of non-technical mountain-climbing.

Plus in grad school I walked about two miles round trip to campus almost every day.

Then my knee started giving me trouble, so I cut out the running, and I got a regular 8-5 job and a house and four kids, which cut into my free time.

I still do all those things, but not half as often.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:06:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 6:06:35 PM EST by Fearlessleader01]
16 years old as a Civil Air Patrol cadet.

I was prepping to go to Kirkland AFB in New Mexico to spend a week with USAF PJ's and SERE instructors.

Ran a 4:38 mile (I have a flight full of witnesses) and maxed the APFT about a month before I left.

I'm working to get back to that level of fitness, took me about 2 years to attain.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:07:13 PM EST
30

was a Pro dirtbike racer. never wasted a minute back then, it was great.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:07:43 PM EST
I'm 38, 5'10" and around 170. I used to weight 245 just a few years ago.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:08:23 PM EST
To be honest, it's kind of tricky to answer. I need to (and am in the process of) lose about 80-100 pounds, but at the same time, I can lift a lot more than I could in my youth, and there's no way I could have run 8 miles straight, even in high school/early adulthood, which I do about once a week right now.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:08:49 PM EST
16-18 I swam on the high school team but couldn't lift shit The longest day in the pool was around 6.5 miles! ( a triatholon swim is 2.5 miles)

18-24 was riding my bike 400 miles a week, but couldn't swim 2,000 yards

24-30 I was only riding 25 miles a week but had more strenght BUT not endurance

30 -35 I was going to the gym a bit but not lifting big. I was racing endurance kart races ( don't laugh, they flat out work you)

35-40 I was building muscle that I never had before Endurance was good and I was racing Sprint karts, and MX bikes. I was the stongest I had ever been.

40 I broke My back. 9 months later I still worked my 18 year old step son into the ground building a warehouse shelf system. BUT I'm nowhere near where I was 3 years ago. prior to breaking my back.

I really need to find the time to start back up in the pool.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:09:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 10:14:30 PM EST by StevenH]
32

By that point my metabolism finally slowed down enough to put on some muscle. Then my second child was born and I lost 20 pounds of hard earned muscle. I still need to eat 3,000 calories a day just to maintain at almost 40. If I had more time to work out and ate more i could probably get back to where I was. But now my focus is more on staying lean and feeling energetic/healthy.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 7:55:47 PM EST
seeing how i am only 22...i would say 20-25 right after Marine boot camp and for about a year after that until i got injured in training and had hip surgery and now i walk with a cane and im getting medically retired...so i would say i already passed my peak...not more humping a pack for 60 miles over 3 days on 2 MREs with 4 hrs of sleep total... :/
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 7:57:12 PM EST
21

- Clint
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:06:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 8:06:45 PM EST by Stlrain0341]
Probably 18, when I was in SOI.

But outside of that, I'm in better shape now then I've ever been. I can run farther now then I could when I was in SOI, too.

ETA: I'm 24 now.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:10:18 PM EST
I'm better now that ever, and only improving, so 30.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:10:42 PM EST
I'd say I'm at my best now. I was a runt in high school and piloted a desk in the Air Force. Now at 32, I'm actually working out, lifting weights. I just need to get running into my regimen.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:11:07 PM EST
17-25.

Worked out in high school every day lifting weights, running and playing football.
Fought fires working on a hand crew with the state of California, PT'ed every morning for an hour and 15 minutes, worked out lifting weights and riding my dirt bike after work.
Joined the Navy, worked out every day after work, went aircrew and ran.

At about 25 I started to make OK money (for a military person at the time), moved in with a couple room mates, got a girlfriend and started to enjoy life a little more and work out a little less.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:18:38 PM EST
17-18.



Need to get back in shape.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:44:00 PM EST


At 37 I'm stronger with more muscle mass than I every had before, but I'm not as lean as I was in my 20's and can't run like I could back then. I was never a good runner though anyways. My back doesn't have the endurance that it used to, but it's not over yet either. I guess in my mid 20's when I was in the 82nd, I was probably in the best overall shape.


Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:01:35 PM EST
I was at my best at 24. I'm 29 now and need to get back to it big time.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:29:37 PM EST
I chose 15-20 because that age is injury-proof.

You could get run over by a truck, shot with a cannon, crushed in a hydraulic press, and still be able to run a marathon that afternoon.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:30:30 PM EST
Right now. 24.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:32:23 PM EST
I'm probably in the best shape of my life right now (38). I go to the gym 4-5 times a week, and wasn't really that active in my younger days.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:33:31 PM EST
I was probably most fit in my twenty's, but I have been more meticulous about developing and maintaining my fitness from my mid 30's to my current mid 40's.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:33:32 PM EST
Next year.............................
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:34:30 PM EST
18 - Wrestling season, senior year of high school.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:36:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 10:06:11 PM EST by TexasLoneGunman]
I was in awesome shape while in my early 20's and even as recent as the last 5 years till a couple years ago. I am sick now, a terminal liver disease so I had to stop working out.



Maybe I will get lucky and be reincarnated as a stripper pole.


(I am not breaking any rules with this am I? It is a drawing and she is not nude.)
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:42:30 PM EST
I was ripped when I was 19-20, about 170 pounds. Turned 21 and quickly went up to about 220 A few years later and sparingly working out, i'm back to around 185 but still trying to get back to my old form
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:59:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 10:04:27 PM EST by GlutealCleft]
Originally Posted By MrMojoRising:

Why did that change and any plans to get back to that point?



When you have a full-time job and kids, you can't spend as much time working out, exercising, and playing.

In my peak (20-25), I spent a lot of time lifting weights, running, cycling, and studing karate. And being in college, exercise classes were cheap, so I did gymnastics and volleyball during the days, and would do racquetball on occasion. There's just no way I could do all of that now. At the time, I was 6' even, 205 pounds, 29 inch waist.

For the gymnastics haters... you have no idea how many chicks you pick up in those classes. Or how hot.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:08:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By GlutealCleft:
Originally Posted By MrMojoRising:

Why did that change and any plans to get back to that point?



When you have a full-time job and kids, you can't spend as much time working out, exercising, and playing.

In my peak (20-25), I spent a lot of time lifting weights, running, cycling, and studing karate. And being in college, exercise classes were cheap, so I did gymnastics and volleyball during the days, and would do racquetball on occasion. There's just no way I could do all of that now. At the time, I was 6' even, 205 pounds, 29 inch waist.

For the gymnastics haters... you have no idea how many chicks you pick up in those classes. Or how hot.


Or aerobics classes. Became a part time aerobics instructor while in college to meet hotties.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:10:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 10:11:46 PM EST by StevenH]
Originally Posted By GlutealCleft:
Originally Posted By MrMojoRising:

Why did that change and any plans to get back to that point?



When you have a full-time job and kids, you can't spend as much time working out, exercising, and playing.


True! Not going to be a professional body builder or cage fighter while working a full time job and raising kids. But anyone can exercise enough to be healthy. It doesnt take much.

Hell i only work out three days a week: 20 minutes on Thursday, 40 minutes on Saturday and 20 minutes on Monday. 80 minutes total a week out of my life and I'm reasonably fit for a 40 year old man.

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:17:45 PM EST
15-20

High school sports
Infantry Basic/AIT/OSUT
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:24:06 PM EST
When I actually worked for a living. Sitting my ass in front of a computer is not exactly the best exercise.
I don't like to workout, but don't mind honest labor. I also can't make decent money with honest labor and went for the money.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:29:03 PM EST
15-20


Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:29:39 PM EST
right now I'm the most fit I've ever been
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:32:16 PM EST
Back in the day USMC boot camp I was able to do 3 miles under 17 minutes.

Now I would be lucky to get a smoke done and get the engine turned over for a trip to the liquor store in that time
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:58:28 PM EST
At 22. I was 180lbs.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 10:59:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 10:59:21 PM EST by flyfishnepa]

damn

the results of the poll scare the hell outta me



Link Posted: 11/4/2009 11:00:33 PM EST
20-25.

I'm 21 now and recently started preparing for boot camp. Probably the most fit I've ever been and I'm hoping that improves drastically starting in January.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:05:00 AM EST
At age 55 I was riding my bicycle 140 miles a week and working out 3 times a week. At 62 I'm still in excellent shape but a bout with cancer took me down a notch.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:10:32 AM EST
Probably when I was 19-20. Lifting weights 3 days a week, swimming laps 1.5 hours 2 days a week. Lots of hiking, activity.

I was a lean machine in those days.

Not as much almost 30 years later.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:29:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 12:30:43 AM EST by Girlieman]
I'd say somewhere between 18 and 36 months...

I'm 515 months old now, 6'1" and 210lbs... I look good, but have nothing to back it up, but poor endurance.

I like to sit down a lot, but lying down is my forte...

I suck at teh fitness.
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