[quote]La Crosse Grad wrote:
Please check the pics and let me know what you think folks. Honesty is welcome…no sugar coating.
Nice job on the added bodyweight. Looks like the combination of TRT and adherence to your coach’s plan is paying off in that regard.
I would recommend that your prioritize traps, traps, and traps. If you have been trying to build them with compound movements, you might find it helpful to switch to high-frequency isolation stuff.
I also think you need to focus on biceps and triceps. First, because it doesn’t appear that they have improved much at all. Second, because you have long arms and need to work extra-hard to offset the length with more thickness.
Your legs actually don’t look bad for your size, but if you want to keep working towards a physique competitor look, I would make sure you are pushing your upper body work to your recovery limits before adding any leg work. In other words, a guy like you doesn’t need to be doing legs every third day.
Delts would be another priority.
So traps, traps, traps, arms, delts.
You’ve obviously been dealt a tough hand as it relates to the ratio of your hips to your shoulders, and it looks like your midsection won’t look good until you get down to very low body fat levels. Not sure what you can do about this, sorry.
Finally, especially for someone who has done competitions and taken many photos, your posing is not doing you any favors at all. Almost every pose seems to be accentuating your weaknesses.
You can probably ditch the front double biceps pose. Forever. You don’t need it for physique anyway.
On your front relaxed, you need to stretch your pecs out to emphasize width. You actually do seem to have some pec thickness, so use your posing to distribute that out. Lower your shoulders and pull them back a little - you are raising your shoulders a bit and it’s making you look even narrower up top.
With just about every pose, I would focus on feeling like you are compacting your torso down and spreading everything else out wide.
You need to try to make your back double biceps pose look less mechanical and geeky and way more natural and sexy. Whatever you are doing with your hands and wrists, change it. Try to elevate your elbows slightly so you aren’t making such a perfect right angle. When you grow some traps, you’ll discover that there is a balance between making those traps pop out vertically and spreading that mass across your back. But it’s hard to work on without any meat back there, which is why I conclude with traps, traps, and more traps.
Good luck. Honestly, I would think most of this would be clear to you without needing to frequently post in Rate My Physique…to me it seems like you are just asking for punishment. Personally, I’d keep the cover on that thing for a few years while you keep your nose down and work hard. As a bodybuilding fan and competitor, you should have a pretty keen awareness of what you need to work on.
Good luck, keep up the good work.