Mindlessly Gaining Muscle is Not the Path to an Attractive Body

August 25, 2007

Gaining Muscle Strategically is the Way to Look Your Best

Typically all the guys (and some women) I see in the free-weight room are trying to gain as much muscle as possible. Worse than that, they will take the muscle gain on any part of their body. The problem with gaining muscle just for the sake of gaining muscle quickly creates an unbalanced body.

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Male Model Bartholomeo Fasano…Great Muscle Balance (and not bad looking…”you’re welcome” ladies…I’m trying my best to include photo’s of good looking guys along with hot women).

Avoid Developing These Muscle Groups for An Attractive Body

Traps: These are the muscles at the base of your neck that extend out to your shoulders. If your traps get overdeveloped, it takes away from the look of wide shoulders. Worse than that, you may look like you don’t have a neck anymore! The main lift that develops these muscles are shrugs. I would recommend dropping all shrug movements from your routine.

Obliques: These are the muscles that are on the side of your waist. No need to gain muscle here! If you do then you will have a wide looking waist like professional wrestlers have. The exercise that works these directly is side bends to one side with a dumbbell in the opposite hand. Don’t do this lift at all!

Lower Pecs: To have a nice looking chest, you want even muscle mass from the collar bone all the way down to the lower part of your pecs. The problem is that you lower pecs almost always have more mass than the upper chest. I would recommend concentrating hard on exercises that work the upper chest and dropping exercises that work the lower chest. Declines and flat bench work the lower chest hard…I would recommend focusing on incline presses for the most part with the occasional flat bench thrown in. No need to EVER do decline presses.

Butt: I wouldn’t recommend working your butt directly with any sort of weight lifting. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but tough cardio will make your butt look much nicer than resistance exercise. Run stairs, run hard on the Elliptical Trainer, etc…but don’t try to add muscle to your butt! What is this world coming to?

Legs: I’m not a big fan of adding excess muscle to the legs either. Again, you want nice looking toned legs…then hit cardio hard! Another benefit of cardio is that you will not only get toned legs…you will get toned all over. I haven’t done a leg lift in years and my legs are ripped from cardio.

So Gain Muscle in the Right Places if You Want an Attractive Body!

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Angie August 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

So true….great tips!

Ash October 2, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Very good comments there buddy, I keep to light weights and mainly nail the cardio, it’s done me no harm, my legs are toned ok for me.

Good site by the way keep up the good work.

admin October 3, 2007 at 1:25 am

Ash,

Yep…and people that lift too often with too many sets almost always have painful joints as they get older. Want to look great your entire life as well as feel great? Then keep doing what you are doing!

Rusty

Grant October 10, 2007 at 11:43 am

I think it is all about balance. If you have a 42″chest, 15 1/2″ arms and 20″ legs, then you will look unporportionate.

Dan October 25, 2007 at 6:27 am

Hi Rusty,

Great site btw! Just surfing thru and found this article. I am aiming to get a body just like Bartolomeo. I have the height, just need the muscle and loose some unwanted fat. Bart’s body is lean as well as slightly muscular and that is what I’m after. ( biceps long and lean as opposed to massive and bulky) I hate the bulky look. Any tips on how I would achieve this exact type of body? Maybe a workout routine?

admin October 25, 2007 at 6:39 pm

Dan,

Read this post and the comments below…Muscle Tone vs Muscle Mass Routine. In the comments I give an outline of a workout I would recommend.

Thanks for the compliment. Yeah…don’t gain too much muscle…it ruins your look.

Rusty

KK January 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Well that definitely makes sense. Though I didn’t think it was possible to gain muscle in just certain areas while ignoring others. I’ve always read that you had to gain muscle all over your body and that squats were the most important exercise for gaining mass(though you aren’t obviously aren’t a big advocate on squats). So are you saying that is possible to “spot increase”?

admin January 20, 2008 at 5:02 pm

KK,

Yeah, you can certainly gain muscle in certain parts of your body without gaining in others. You actually have decent control over this.

Rusty

Ron January 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Hiya Rusty,

Any hints on making my shoulders look more…um… Separate from my biceps/triceps while at rest? I’m not sure if I’m phrasing this correctly. Right now my shoulders/bis/tris look kind of like one big piece. Is this something that will eventually come with the cardio & weight loss?

This Ryan Reynolds pic shows a good example of what I’m talking about:
http://i26.photobucket.com/ryan_reynolds_mh.jpg

Ron

admin January 27, 2008 at 3:03 am

Ron,

A lot of that will improve dramatically with cardio and fat loss, for sure. You will want to work your side delts a bit to insure maximum definition where the shoulder meets the arm. Do different variations of lateral raises (dumbell, machine, cable, etc.).

Get stronger at all overhead presses, since this will work your triceps as well as your shoulders. I also find that machine curls where there is still resistance at the top of the movement works the part of the bicep close to where it meets the shoulder.

Overall the main thing is to just get really lean, but these exercises will help to a certain extent.

Hope that helps!

Rusty

Ron January 27, 2008 at 3:21 am

Sounds good. Thanks again!

Ron January 27, 2008 at 3:21 am

Sounds like I’m heading in the right direction then. Little, if any, change required!

gr October 22, 2008 at 11:28 am

you are so right…

Traps make you look lika a monkey, and it’s my girlfriend who says that. Unfortunately mine grow everytime i lift a heavy waater pack… any idea how to avoid that?

My upper abs protrude, they’re extended more than my chest because heavy abs lifting on machines… Any idea how to flatten my abs?

FBB is the best body website on the web. You really think of what women like on a mans body, without the bodybuilders idea of what is “cool”.
Thanks FBB for that!

honk February 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

im not sure about your advice on legs. what about people with skinny legs, how do they put on leg muscle??

Mayhem March 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Hey Rusy,
mate i wanna ask you a fashion advice…well nto exactly im just wondering whats that thing called that Bartholomeo Fasano is wearing the purple top shirt like thing,ive been browsing the internet for quite sometime trying to order one to order online but i cant seem to find one quite like it…all i find is different variations of wifebeaters help me Rusty!!!!!
thanks ;)

CTK November 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

This article is terrible. There is no excuse for intentionally skipping major body part groups aside from laziness. And a good BALANCED routine will look much better than a “mirror muscle” look. Anyone who knows anything about fitness knows balance is key, and probably laughs at dudes like the author who have big arms + chest, but no back or legs. I would def be weary about taking this guy’s advice

Not to mention, imbalance can lead to injury and hold you back. Your legs + core get used to stabilize and protect you from a lot of injury even in “pretty boy” lifts, and don’t need to be huge to be strong. I deadlift 365lbs and have a 30″ waist, and knock on wood have never had a major lifting injury. So don’t make excuses. You should strive for balance and comprehensiveness in your physique, which means NOT leaving ANY major body group (chest, upper back, lower back, shoulders, legs) off the table.

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