Up until very recently, I have been poor and have lived in a place with lots of huge hills. As a result, I walked a lot (sometimes hours a day) because I didn’t have a car. Anyway, walking uphill for hours a day gave me pretty big legs, by proportion. For instance, I put my stats into one of those ideal body measure calculators, and my thighs and calves were a bit bigger than what the calculator suggested, my waist was about the same, and my arms and chest were MUCH smaller.
Now it’s not like my squat or deadlift are especially strong. In fact, both are pretty weak (I can, however, spend an entire day- like over 12 hours- walking without getting tired). My DL maxes at around 330 lbs without straps.
Everyone is always saying that to get big arms, you should squat and deadlift. Working the lower body seems to be very important for sure, but isn’t it silly for me to put a lot of effort into making my legs bigger when they are already so out of proportion with my arms/back/chest/shoulders?
Honestly, I kind of feel like a sucker for not doing upper body isolation, and focusing on whole body compound movements. Because while my lower body isn’t “strong”, it’s hurculean by comparison to my upper body.
The other thing issue I’m stuggling with is gaining strength. I’m weak. I’m significantly weaker than some of the women on here. I honestly sometimes feel like I’mnot strong enough to move enough weight to lead to a strength increase. I really don’t even know where to start. I’m a thin guy, and I have a hard time gaining weight. As a kid, I was fat, and as soon as I eat a large caloric surplus, I start getting fat immediately. I honestly don’t know what to do.