According to Abercrombie and Fitch I will never see the cover of a billboard because I am grotesque looking
In their workout guide to for people aspiring to look like Abercrombie and Fitch models here is their advise:
Squats– Do a great job of adding a lot of mass to your thighs and butt. You do NOT want this! Abercrombie models don’t have huge butts or thighs because it will ruin their look. They also won’t be able to fit into stylish pants.
Traditional Bench Press: I am still a huge fan of the bench press, just not the flat bench or decline bench. These lifts focus way too much on lower pec development. You don’t want your pecs to resemble that of woman’s breasts.
Dead Lifts– This lift also does an incredible job of adding mass to the midsection, thighs, and butt. Adding mass to your midsection will ruin the natural “V” in your upper body.
Today I learned that ” Simply Gaining XX Pounds of Muscle is Not the Route to An Attractive Body! ” and also that my use of the 3 lifts has given me a thick midsection and a nasty rounded and puffy body.
You see, even if you are a little on the slim side you can still look “cool” and hip. You can wear designer clothes. You can look “GQ”, etc. …but if you put on too much muscle on the wrong places you get that “cheesy” meat-head aura…and that is not a place where you want to be. Most women are repulsed by guys who are “overdone” !
This article made me laugh. But it was a window into what people like and find attractive and the general mindset when it comes to fitness. There are some facts that are clearly wrong like decline bench press does not give you a woman’s chest
I was born quite stocky and strong. I was a stocky 186 in the 8th grade. When I discovered weight training I ballooned up to 250 with a 550lbs dead lift, 600 lbs squat and 500lbs deadlift.
Yesterday I went to the gym and deadlifted 405lbs I am 145 away from my max from 6 years ago. I got emailed this article by a friend a fellow brother in the iron temple (aka the gym).
Where I am Right now
This is me right now.
I am on a 12 week cut program. I am reducing my percent body fat gradually to get it below 10%. So far I am doing quite well. I have not lost any muscle mass. I have gotten stronger holistically, especially since I’ve been doing Dorian Yates style HIT. I need to do more cardio but I am right on track. Upper abs are starting to come in, more lat definition in the back.
My only issue are my legs. They respond well to training. I have had only 5 leg workout and my calves are back to 19 inches, even bigger than they were a year ago when I took this picture as part of my sexy leggy Blog Post
Actually I had to, when I was training back in the day, not do legs for a while to give my upper body a chance to catch up. I looked like a Centaur or Satyr from the waist down. 😀
Anyways that is where I am,
Do I look grotesque to you ? or should I give it up and try to look like Usher do some spinning moves while wearing a beanie