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Workouts for Certain 'Looks'


#1

CT interesting zombie article today, had to blink a few times to see I was reading right haha

On that theme of training for something specific, here being aesthetic vs. zombie survival using your methods:

Power look (linebacker, cornerback, lean strongman?): layers, power look program
Mens physique/fitness model look: Similar to power look but with some specific arm/shoulder/lat work?
UFC /george st pieere look: o-lifts, performance, crossfit circuits
Powerlifter look: strength programs, lots of food
Bodybuilder look: Genetics, special sauce, body part split/pump emphasis?

I feel that most guys have a look they aspire to that works for their "shape" (specifically fitness model or golden age bodybuilder look) and wonder what you'd say is the most direct way to get there..

And honestly as I write this I feel your physique could fit in all those and the rest is just presentation (posing/posture).

What do you think? Is it training or mostly diet/presentation that differs across how these guys look


#2

[quote]-Sigil- wrote:
CT interesting zombie article today, had to blink a few times to see I was reading right haha

On that theme of training for something specific, here being aesthetic vs. zombie survival using your methods:

Power look (linebacker, cornerback, lean strongman?): layers, power look program
Mens physique/fitness model look: Similar to power look but with some specific arm/shoulder/lat work?
UFC /george st pieere look: o-lifts, performance, crossfit circuits
Powerlifter look: strength programs, lots of food
Bodybuilder look: Genetics, special sauce, body part split/pump emphasis?

I feel that most guys have a look they aspire to that works for their “shape” (specifically fitness model or golden age bodybuilder look) and wonder what you’d say is the most direct way to get there…

And honestly as I write this I feel your physique could fit in all those and the rest is just presentation (posing/posture).

What do you think? Is it training or mostly diet/presentation that differs across how these guys look
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As far a body comp goes? any programme can get you so far … in conjunction with nutrition, supplements, Viagra :wink:

Id love a programme for the “Elite Crossfit Athlete Look” like the Rich Froning, Kenneth Leverich, Jon Pera etc. These are all very impressive athletes who combine good physique and performance. Youd be a fool to believe that these do not follow regimented programmes of Strength & Conditioning. Id wager a lot of folks would be more than happy to have this look and performance ability to.


#3

I want to mention one thing. While you can influence the type of look your body will have, ultimately your genetics will have the greatest incidence on your type of look.

I always give the example that a St-Bernard will always be a St-Bernard, regardless of what it does, it wont become a Greyhound.

You cannot change the shape of your muscles. You cannot really give your muscles a certain look. You cannot change your bone structure, clavicle width, torso length, etc.

You can make your muscles bigger or smaller. You can increase or lower your body fat. You can hold more or less water.

YES you can change your type of look slightly by emphasizing the develop of certain muscles groups, be that has limitations.

I coach a lot of Crossfit athletes. And while they pretty much all share some common elements (degree of leanness, back/traps development, a thick muscular waist) I can’t say that they have ONE type of look.

I trained 7 girls who did the Regionals this year and if you put them side by side they all have totally different looks.

Two of the guys I trained (including one whop qualified for the Games) were training partners and did the same program; yet they look completely different.

My recommendation is to train to get strong, powerful, have good capacity and get lean. The end product will simply be the best version of you that you can be.


#4

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
My recommendation is to train to get strong, powerful, have good capacity and get lean. The end product will simply be the best version of you that you can be.[/quote]
This should be quoted all over the Internet. It would avert many disappointments and make lots of people happier.


#5

[quote]SirValeq wrote:

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
My recommendation is to train to get strong, powerful, have good capacity and get lean. The end product will simply be the best version of you that you can be.[/quote]
This should be quoted all over the Internet. It would avert many disappointments and make lots of people happier.[/quote]

I’ll write a blog about it