Correct. Although there are guys who have destroyed their aesthetic look because of increasing drug dosages, it’s not like anyone is doing anything much different from one another. Sure, some guys, like Mike Francois for example, after some time abstained from deadlifts and squats because they believed it lead to a blocky mid section, but even after doing so, he was very thick throughout his entire torso. I highly doubt if someone like Flex Wheeler went nuts with squats and deadlifts, he would somehow ruin his V-taper; rather his whole body would grow in proportion.
And it’s not like Paul Dillet became did anything special to become a mass monster or Flex Wheeler did anything special to have one of the most beautiful, aesthetic physiques of all time, considering they were some of the lamest lifters. I bet everyone in this damn thread trains with more fervor than these two did. Dillet was huge because his structure is huge and he lifted (albeit lazily), took drugs, and had great genetics for building muscle. Dante once stated he thought Dillet could grow muscle mowing lawns and Sergio Oliva said he could he could have been better if he let Sergio coach him.
Flex Wheeler looked aesthetically pleasing because he had a small waist and small joints, wide clavicles, and great genetics for muscle building. I don’t think Charles Glass’s or Chad Nicholls coaching made him that way. He just needed people up his ass to keep him from cheating on his diet less or from skipping gym sessions, I believe!
Some people attribute Dorian’s grainy and rock-hard look to his training. He likely could have had the same dimensions and graininess had he not blown himself out on EVERY one or two main sets at EVERY session and taken a higher volume approach with sets taken to a bit before failure, the same way many other “power builders” did.
Sure there are other guys who say they are now “refining” their physique, but they wouldn’t have those physiques if they didn’t spend some time lifting heavy and eating quite a bit and the ones with “pretty” physiques always had them, even when they were chubbier and lifting heavy. People neglect that many in this hobby desire to seem more sophisticated than they are and like to appear that they are making their physique special because of their special ways when the things that are going for them are discipline, consistency, genetics, drugs, and effort!
It’s like all those guys who would love to have us believe that they are genetically challenged even though they have reached sizes that genetically inferior people CAN’T and setting powerlifting records. Sure we all know they have put forth tremendous effort, but they would like us to believe they had a seemingly unsurmountable hurdle to overcome in the process and they likely understand this hits home with many people, particularly Americans, because it falls in line with “rags to riches” and “self-made man against all odds” stories.