I lost weight. Playing bass is much easier now!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by tb-player, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. XL - I’m a big boy & I'm fine with it

  2. L - I could stand to lose a few

  3. M - I’m pretty much average

  4. S - I’m skin & bones

  5. I only eat carrots

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  1. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Most of my life, I’ve been a big guy. But in recent years, I put on a lot of pounds sitting behind a desk. Recently, I decided it was time for a change. So I started eating clean and exercising. I’ve been surprised at how easy it’s been to drop about 80lb (not without its challenges). Even more so, it’s been incredibly rewarding. My head’s clear. I sleep better. My doctor tells me my vitals and blood-work are perfect. It’s really cool how much better I feel! :hyper:

    But little did I know how much it would affect my bass playing. I mean, I can actually see my fretboard! My body doesn’t ache after hours of playing. The instrument feels much more comfortable around my neck. I take up less space on stage. And for some reason, heavier basses don’t cause me nearly the problems they used to. It’s kind of amazing.

    Looking at this photo comparison, it’s not so easy to share (or admit to myself). But it’s also kind of awesome!

    Curious if anyone else has ever had this experience

    -Asdfgh-, 4-fingers, Mr_Moo and 198 others like this.
  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Skin & bones.

    Congrats on your loss!:D
  3. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Great job on the weight loss. Congratulations!
  4. foolforthecity

    foolforthecity Supporting Member


    It’s amazing how things change

    Edit: all the weight transferred to my hair, so it’s a wash
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2021
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  5. Congrats, the hard work paid off!
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  6. T Bassman

    T Bassman

    Dec 13, 2010
    Nice one mate! Very inspiring post.
  7. Congrats on the weight loss, not an easy task.

    I'd say I'm average, would like to lose some but not a huge priority.

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  8. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
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  9. foolforthecity

    foolforthecity Supporting Member

    LOL I actually cut it two months ago, South Texas heat and all
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  10. tb-player

    tb-player Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    You probably lost 5 pounds right there :laugh:
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  11. PaulS


    Jan 19, 2016
    Somewhere in Jersey
    Congrats on the weight loss, amazing! Takes a lot of discipline! I could stand to lose 10-15 myself. Been walking like crazy which is helping. Being at a desk all day is so bad for you, hate it some days.
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  12. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    It has changed everything for me (lost nearly 200 pounds), tothe point that I sold all my basses and bought new ones, because the comfort changed. Back to regular scale basses and now I find the T-Bird bass comfy to play.
    -Asdfgh-, Mr_Moo, deff and 24 others like this.
  13. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Way to go, OP!!
    I used to be a lot more hefty. It’s scary to think I used to walk around everywhere with the equivalent of a ceramic woofer 2x10 cab’s worth of extra weight.
    I just cut out sugar for the extra win.
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  14. Ken R

    Ken R Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Greater Knoxville TN
    Most excellent job on the new you!!
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  15. Good show!
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  16. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    That’s fantastic! Great job!:thumbsup:
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  17. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    Good job OP.

    I dropped about 60 lbs sometime ago (12-13 years ago), so I know how challenging it is. It was well before I started playing bass, so not comparison there. But I do feel like the belly forces me to play in differnet positions than others. I've been stuck in a rut about 30 lbs from where I should be, but still try to work at it.

    At least my weight is not the first thing my Dr. mentions these days.
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  18. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Congrats OP, losing weight's always a boost in many areas in my experience.

    Currently I'm on the rounder side. For the better part of this year I was in constant pain, away from work and pretty much bedridden from cervical hernias and gained a lot of weight which has pretty much destroyed my self esteem as well.
    It's been a couple of weeks since I'm back to work after my surgery and I'm trying to shed the weight again, although I'm finding it difficult without being able to exercise effectively (weight lifting and running are off the table and I'm too damn bored to just walk around aimlessly).

    Here's hoping!
  19. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    Bravo, I'm very envious. I need to loose 35 pounds, I'm 5-10 and weigh 210 lbs, should be 175, but I have a heart condition caused by radiation treatments for Hodgkins Disease that prevents me from exerting myself, leaving only diet as a control, not easy to do.
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Congrats! That's awesome!

    I'm 6'1" and about 180 pounds. Pretty skinny to average. Eating got me to this weight. Exercise needs to redistribute things a little. I finally got started recently.... at least regularly anyway.
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