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16 responses

  1. Angie
    August 25, 2007

    So true….great tips!

  2. Ash
    October 2, 2007

    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.

  3. admin
    October 3, 2007


    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!


  4. Grant
    October 10, 2007

    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.

  5. Dan
    October 25, 2007

    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?

  6. admin
    October 25, 2007


    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.


  7. KK
    January 20, 2008

    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”?

  8. admin
    January 20, 2008


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


  9. Ron
    January 26, 2008

    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:


  10. admin
    January 27, 2008


    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!


  11. Ron
    January 27, 2008

    Sounds good. Thanks again!

  12. Ron
    January 27, 2008

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

  13. gr
    October 22, 2008

    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!

  14. honk
    February 14, 2009

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

  15. Mayhem
    March 14, 2010

    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 ;)

  16. CTK
    November 15, 2011

    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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