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Stunning Lack of Lower Body Work at the University Gym

i moved this semester to attend a larger university and i go to the university gym now. some of the dudes have pretty massive upper bodies but their legs and calves are smaller than my little sister’s.

i apologize for posting such a useless topic but coming from a small gym with mostly hardcore lifters in it that squatted and benched and deadlifted to this where everyone just hammers the bench is bewildering.

they also all look at me really funny when i do mobility work and use bands to warm up and decompress my spine a la dave tate and other T-Nation learned items. this topic is useless.

I call it the jonny bravo complex :slight_smile:

I went to a gym reently that is part of a University in London-there were like over 20 guys in there,and from their workouts they were ‘bodybuilding’ or at least attempting it-and I was stunned that I was actually the biggest guy there.

Well,I was for about 20 mins…until a gigantor walked in,who made me look like I was suffering from some sort of muscle-wasting disease in comparison…

But even then I was #2!
I could actually give him a knowing nod!
I’m not huge by any standards-
I’m just under 200lbs @ 6’2",with a lot of it on my legs.

But that first 20 mins felt pretty cool!

I realised I was experiencing was what Gigantor must experience when he visits most gyms-
-You don’t need to ask anyone to move out of the way,there seems to be a space ‘created’ around you.

-You notice guys watching you work out in the mirror.You can atually see them making mental notes.
-Guys seem to look away/bow their head/stop talking when you approach or walk past.or select another heavier weight on the weight stack.

Talk about feeding off your ego!

It was like I walked in on Amateur Night!

Anyway,there were two skinny guys training together-no I mean REAL skinny,the type that get torn apart on ‘Rate My Physique’ who spent the best part of an hour just doing really specialised arm work,with dumbells and machines-mainly biceps,when they should really be doing more compound stuff or at least hitting the Tris more.

Biceps day,anyone?
There was lots of other shit too,but that just really got me.

I watched a guy with 20+ inch arms squat 455 for quarter reps today like a belt and wraps. His legs/butt are about the size of mine. I am 5’10 165-8 with 14" arms and 23.75" legs. Sad story when your arms are on par with your legs.

It’s even better when I see these pro upper bodybuilders half benching or half shoulder pressing those heavy ass weights. I also like it when their forearms are bigger than their calves.

Edit: I just noticed your avatar, njrusmc. They need a big ass poster of that image in every gym.

and their answer will probably be “stfu noob teh ladiez don’t care about my legs”

[quote]pzehtoeur wrote:
It’s even better when I see these pro upper bodybuilders half benching or half shoulder pressing those heavy ass weights. I also like it when their forearms are bigger than their calves.

Edit: I just noticed your avatar, njrusmc. They need a big ass poster of that image in every gym.[/quote]

No theres an easy fix for curling in the squat rack.

Step 1: You just walk up behind them and stand really really close. They see you in the mirror and become VERY uncomfortable.

Step 2: When they as kyou what you want, you respond “mind if I work in ?”

Step 3: Take their shit off the bar, load it up with 6 or 8 plates, proceed to squat, put on more plates if you wish, repeat.

They will usually get the idea very quickly, this works much better if they are younger and smaller than you, which is likely because they are curling in the squat rack.

Wow, what a stupid thread. Instead of asking those guys for advice on what they do have (huge upper bodies) you feel the need to ridicule them just because they don’t giuve a shit about legs.

No, you are all far more intelligent and ‘smarter’ because you do mobility work and know who to quote on this website.

I’m betting most of you on this thread are a lot smaller than those ‘half benching half shoulder pressing’ and find solace in the fact that you are all ‘high tech’ with mobility work and squats. Yeah, ok they don’t squat. But howabout instead of acting like these guys are dumbshits you actually try and learn something from people biggher and stronger than you?

[quote]njrusmc wrote:
I watched a guy with 20+ inch arms squat 455 for quarter reps today like a belt and wraps. His legs/butt are about the size of mine. I am 5’10 165-8 with 14" arms and 23.75" legs. Sad story when your arms are on par with your legs.[/quote]

A guy with 20+ inch arms and no legs.
I’m having trouble believing this one.

[quote]pzehtoeur wrote:
It’s even better when I see these pro upper bodybuilders half benching or half shoulder pressing those heavy ass weights. I also like it when their forearms are bigger than their calves.

Edit: I just noticed your avatar, njrusmc. They need a big ass poster of that image in every gym.[/quote]

Well, if they really do have huge upper bodies, at least that part of their routine seems to be working… So why criticize it?

[quote]Cephalic_Carnage wrote:
njrusmc wrote:
I watched a guy with 20+ inch arms squat 455 for quarter reps today like a belt and wraps. His legs/butt are about the size of mine. I am 5’10 165-8 with 14" arms and 23.75" legs. Sad story when your arms are on par with your legs.

A guy with 20+ inch arms and no legs.
I’m having trouble believing this one.
[/quote]

It would be pretty creepy if I took/asked for a picture of him. Our schedules line up, so I see him in the gym 5x a week. He trains legs twice a month, squat and leg press only … both with very short ROM. He does not sweat or grunt, does not seem to exert himself much on these exercises. I watch him bench/military press many plates with full ROM. His upper body is incredible. He never wears shorts. I stood next to him in the mirror as I helped him unload the squat bar and our butts were approximately the same size. His neck diameter = his head diameter = his arm diameter. Just huge from the waist up.

Not trying to totally rail him, his upper body training routine is obviously good. He just looks extremely out of proportion, he walks/climbs stairs very slowly as well. Originally I thought it was an injury but this has been continuing since June … and since he still “squats” 455, I don’t think he is injured.

My legs are lagging as well. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, though. I mean, who cares? I don’t look at fat guys at my gym, then go online and start threads about it, like, “OMG how about those fatsos, huh?”.

I’m just glad that I see people exercising. If they work out, it shows that they are trying to improve. Instead of bashing them, I respect their dedication.

People don’t HAVE to live up to your standards, you know.

well not training the legs as much as the upper body causes postural problems which can cause a variety of bone and muscle diseases… for one.

[quote]Stephie wrote:
well not training the legs as much as the upper body causes postural problems which can cause a variety of bone and muscle diseases… for one.[/quote]

Are you being serious? What kind of diseases can you get from not training your legs?

It’s not the lack of leg training that causes problems, it’s the postural problems that mess you up!

How does not training legs cause postural problems? Training legs can cause postural problems too. You can still get anterior pelvic tilt and overpronated feet if you train legs. It’s about training properly, not just training.

[quote]Der Candy wrote:
Wow, what a stupid thread. Instead of asking those guys for advice on what they do have (huge upper bodies) you feel the need to ridicule them just because they don’t giuve a shit about legs.

No, you are all far more intelligent and ‘smarter’ because you do mobility work and know who to quote on this website.

I’m betting most of you on this thread are a lot smaller than those ‘half benching half shoulder pressing’ and find solace in the fact that you are all ‘high tech’ with mobility work and squats.

Yeah, ok they don’t squat. But howabout instead of acting like these guys are dumbshits you actually try and learn something from people biggher and stronger than you?[/quote]

you must have puny legs

[quote]John Q. Adequate wrote:
My legs are lagging as well. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, though. I mean, who cares? I don’t look at fat guys at my gym, then go online and start threads about it, like, “OMG how about those fatsos, huh?”.

I’m just glad that I see people exercising. If they work out, it shows that they are trying to improve. Instead of bashing them, I respect their dedication.

People don’t HAVE to live up to your standards, you know.[/quote]

you too

[quote]Reef wrote:
Stephie wrote:
well not training the legs as much as the upper body causes postural problems which can cause a variety of bone and muscle diseases… for one.

Are you being serious? What kind of diseases can you get from not training your legs?[/quote]

gay disease

OK, how about a pic or two of your awesome wheels, fatcat?