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.
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!