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Being Hard vs Being Soft

I don’t know if this is forum-worthy or should’ve been kept in the livespill but trying. How do you get rock hard? Some people have told me that it’s all lower bodyfat but I don’t think this is true.

I’ve accidentally bumped into someone who was shredded, not not contest shredded and also at his request was like, "You see these crazy forearms, feel them. This is what forearm curls can do for you. Felt like pressing a unpeeled banana, as TC said in an article.

Another time I bumped into someone that wasn’t lean but wasn’t fat either, no gut whatsoever. He asked me if I was alright after. I said yes, but I wasn’t since it felt like I just bumped my head into the wall, but not that hard. So what does it take to make your body become like that? I know there’s certain things that people can do to have that dry “grainy” look but nobody ever discusses how to become rock-solid.

[quote]bendthebar wrote:
I don’t know if this is forum-worthy or should’ve been kept in the livespill but trying. How do you get rock hard? Some people have told me that it’s all lower bodyfat but I don’t think this is true.

I’ve accidentally bumped into someone who was shredded, not not contest shredded and also at his request was like, "You see these crazy forearms, feel them. This is what forearm curls can do for you. Felt like pressing a unpeeled banana, as tc said in an article.

Another time I bumped into someone that wasn’t lean but wasn’t fat either, no gut whatsoever. He asked me if I was alright after. I said yes, but I wasn’t since it felt like I just bumped my head into the wall, but not that hard. So what does it take to make your body become like that? I know there’s certain things that people can do to have that dry “grainy” look but nobody ever discusses how to become rock-solid. [/quote]

It comes from myogenic tone and whole body tension. These are best developped with high frequency of either heavy or explosive lifts involving a lot of muscle mass at the same time and requiring holding a solid posture (squat, deadlift, variation of the OL, high pulls, push presses).

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]bendthebar wrote:
I don’t know if this is forum-worthy or should’ve been kept in the livespill but trying. How do you get rock hard? Some people have told me that it’s all lower bodyfat but I don’t think this is true.

I’ve accidentally bumped into someone who was shredded, not not contest shredded and also at his request was like, "You see these crazy forearms, feel them. This is what forearm curls can do for you. Felt like pressing a unpeeled banana, as TC said in an article.

Another time I bumped into someone that wasn’t lean but wasn’t fat either, no gut whatsoever. He asked me if I was alright after. I said yes, but I wasn’t since it felt like I just bumped my head into the wall, but not that hard. So what does it take to make your body become like that? I know there’s certain things that people can do to have that dry “grainy” look but nobody ever discusses how to become rock-solid. [/quote]

It comes from myogenic tone and whole body tension. These are best developped with high frequency of either heavy or explosive lifts involving a lot of muscle mass at the same time and requiring holding a solid posture (squat, deadlift, variation of the OL, high pulls, push presses).[/quote]

Appreciate the quick reply. Looks like it’s just going to come down to a lot of time in the gym and being able to do more weight while being more solid. I know under heavy weights, I start losing my tightness and I should work on that.

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