Here’s the deal. About a year ago I weighed in at around 200 pounds (height 5’10-11, armspan 5’10). I met my cousin and he said I looked like I had done “something”. Forward to today,when I have gained about 20, and now he’s simply hinting I’m fat. I’m obviously not going to be a very objective observer,and I have not been able to measure BF but I think I’ve grown all around,maybe got a little more bloated too (I have a thyroid condition which helps) but that’s pretty much it.
So as to make this thread meaningful,I would ask if you think it’s possible to put on lean weight and come out looking ‘worse’ or if some muscle groups do not register to the average eye very well?
I have done comparatively little direct quad and calf work,chest may be relatively underdeveloped.
i know i looked bigger and better when i was 160 lbs at 9% bf as compared to after my bulking phase when i shifted to 172 lbs at 12% bf. everyone looks like shit when they’re smooth IMO.[/quote]
Which is probably what stops a lot of skinny would-be bodybuilders. They start off good, gain a couple pounds of muscle and a couple pounds of fat (because they’re not starving themselves for the first time) and in the SHORT TERM actually look slightly worse. But if they would stick with it, the muscle would far outweigh the slight amount of fat that takes them out of the “ripped” catagory.