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Success Leaves Clues


#1

So I've always been curious on how the movements in certain sports can produce some decent muscle size.

Add to the list if you want.

Legs: Sprint Cyclist, 100m sprinter
Calves: Dancer?, Soccer player
Arms: Gymnast
Shoulders: Boxer
Forearms: Not too sure, mechanic
Chest: Bodybuilder I guess, Breastroke swimmer
Back: Surfing, swimming


#2

The first time I noticed shoulders that I wanted on myself wasn’t on a bodybuilder, but from a boxer I would see when I was training at a dirty old PAL (Police Athletic League) Boxing gym when I was a teenager. The amount of ‘bodybuilding’ training the guys there did was nonexistent, but tons of pushups, pullups, situps, and just working the heavy bag, and there were physiques that even today I’m impressed by.

S


#3

Legs: weightlifter

Koing


#4

Let me think about this for a while…

Legs : bodybuilders
Arms : bodybuilders
Chest : bodybuilders
Back : bodybuilders
Calves : bodybuilders
Forearms : bodybuilders
Delts : bodybuilders

My point? Put any dude from any sport next to a bodybuilder and that dude “good” bodypart won’t look as good…

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)

Don’t mean to shit on your thread but thats that…


#5

[quote]zraw wrote:
Let me think about this for a while…

Legs : bodybuilders
Arms : bodybuilders
Chest : bodybuilders
Back : bodybuilders
Calves : bodybuilders
Forearms : bodybuilders
Delts : bodybuilders

My point? Put any dude from any sport next to a bodybuilder and that dude “good” bodypart won’t look as good…

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)

Don’t mean to shit on your thread but thats that…[/quote]

lol I was thinking the same, but just didn’t post it


#6

You’re implying that dancing, swimming, surfing, sprinting, boxing, and playing soccer can actually develop your muscles.


#7

[quote]zraw wrote:

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)
[/quote]

This.

My GF was a professional ballerina and had 15" calves and a 22" in waist.


#8

[quote]zraw wrote:
Let me think about this for a while…

Legs : bodybuilders
Arms : bodybuilders
Chest : bodybuilders
Back : bodybuilders
Calves : bodybuilders
Forearms : bodybuilders
Delts : bodybuilders

My point? Put any dude from any sport next to a bodybuilder and that dude “good” bodypart won’t look as good…

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)

Don’t mean to shit on your thread but thats that…[/quote]

Good point about the relativity and proportion. But this was more about how the nature of some sports can cause some pretty decent growth in areas, without that being the main goal.

Obviously bodybuilders are going to dominate in size because that’s the point, but what I wanted to find was a few principles from the sports that could be applied to the gym for those body parts.

Not saying that I’m going to start ballet for calves but its more an idea that could lead into some nice applications.


#9

[quote]zraw wrote:

Calves : bodybuilders
…[/quote]

LIES :frowning:


#10

[quote]Dr. Pangloss wrote:

[quote]zraw wrote:

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)
[/quote]

This.

My GF was a professional ballerina and had 15" calves and a 22" in waist.
[/quote]

RIDICULOUS!

22" waist with 15" calves!

Koing


#11

[quote]optheta wrote:

[quote]zraw wrote:

Calves : bodybuilders
…[/quote]

LIES :([/quote]

Truths!


#12

I’ve read a couple articles on this before. Obviously zraw has a point, at a certain level bodybuilders will just have the best everything, because that’s literally their job. But if you look other places for clues from people who most likely couldn’t care less what their bodypart looks like, it can probably help a potential bodybuilder find some new tools to add to his training.

Biceps on gymnasts sticks out to me. IMO this is evidence that biceps respond well to isometric work (probably getting a similar sort of effect with slow negatives on your bicep movements).

And to agree with Koing, quads on weightlifters is another one that stands out in my mind.


#13

[quote]zraw wrote:
Put any dude from any sport next to a bodybuilder and that dude “good” bodypart won’t look as good… [/quote]


#14

[quote]Cantelope wrote:
Forearms: Not too sure, mechanic[/quote]
Rock climbers. At least for strength, if not size.

Neck/yoke: wrestlers.

Abs: Crossfitters. (Only half-joking)


#15

The rest of this photo series (from a few years ago), by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein, is pretty interesting.


#16

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
The rest of this photo series (from a few years ago), by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein, is pretty interesting.[/quote]
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#17

The first pick looks like a storyboard from the Olivia Newton John ‘Physical’ video clip.


#18

[quote]Cantelope wrote:
So I’ve always been curious on how the movements in certain sports can produce some decent muscle size.

Add to the list if you want.

Legs: Sprint Cyclist, 100m sprinter
Calves: Dancer?, Soccer player
Arms: Gymnast
Shoulders: Boxer
Forearms: Not too sure, mechanic
Chest: Bodybuilder I guess, Breastroke swimmer
Back: Surfing, swimming[/quote]

The best forearms I have even seen upclose was on a 64 years old blacksmith, who was doing this job since he was 14. I have seen a dozen of people above 250 ripped and not even one of them had forearms like that.


#19

[quote]zraw wrote:
Let me think about this for a while…

Legs : bodybuilders
Arms : bodybuilders
Chest : bodybuilders
Back : bodybuilders
Calves : bodybuilders
Forearms : bodybuilders
Delts : bodybuilders

My point? Put any dude from any sport next to a bodybuilder and that dude “good” bodypart won’t look as good…

I’d even dare say some of the guys/girls from other sports bodyparts look “wow” because of proportions (disporportion)

Don’t mean to shit on your thread but thats that…[/quote]

Forearms: Arm Wrestlers


#20

My calves only ever really gained size when I started commuting to my job on bicycle.