My younger brother is majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis on musical theater (no homo…seriously the kid gets more pussy than I could ever hope to). As a sophomore he scored the lead in the school play, which is quite a big deal. He’ll be playing Tony in West Side Story. He’s excited and will do just about anything to get the part.
There’s a problem, however. Despite being a phenomenal actor and singer, he does NOT look the part of a typical actor and certainly not scrawny mid-1950s Tony. He is 5’6", 165ish and built like a fireplug, definitely fitting an endo-mesomorph body type. Think Sean Sherk if he took his training VERY casually.
He’s always been athletic, but never seen the abs and always has looked a little soft. A short while ago, he came to me for help with training to look better and get healthier and I gladly obliged. He started training very hard and strict with the program and eating well. Thing was going great for about two months and then he got his audition.
He got the role on raw ability, but the director gave him explicit instructions that he was “not to work out until the play was done”. The notion was that a guy like Tony, at that time period, did not work out like we do now, and big muscles were not stylish. Admittedly, prior incarnations of Tony were similarly scrawy, with the biggest probably being David Habbin. Christian Bautista is going to be starring in a 2008 remake of the play if that gives you any clue.
So what do I do? I know he’s still willing to do things to keep himself strong and healthy and, depending on his instructor’s leniency, continue to lose bodyfat. But there’s no way he will risk losing this spot in favor of working out.
I was considering putting him on a maximal strength/power program alternated with mobility/prehab work, but despite it not being aimed at hypertrophy, he is literally the kind of kid that begins putting on mass with very little effort.
Advice on how to improve on everything BUT looks? I know it is contrary to the site, but I figured you guys would probably know better than I.