Just like you dress for your body type you should train for your body type. Short legs and a long torso: would you dress in flat high boots and a tunic? I hope not. And if you have beer bottled neck and shoulders, a tie or a polo shirt don’t really broaden your frame.
Bodybuilding is no different. Don’t train your arms to be huge sausages if your shoulders are tiny. And puny lats and wide waist? stay away from increasing your body fat too much and avoid side bends with weights since both can make you straight from shoulders to hips.
When your butt is flat, should you do long distance running if your goal is lean but curvy? No, endurance running is not promoting a great butt. Asians usually have less voluptuous behinds, black women pull of the craziest hip to shoulder ratio, white chicks tend to look drawn when dieted down and Asians are usually smoother, black women more muscular etc. NOW, these are generalization, it’s not always the case, but what I want to point out is we are all different. It doesn’t matter you will diet or train the exact same way as someone else, you won’t get the same results.
Bodybuilding is sculpting the body to perfection. It’s not “building whatever you can in all places you can”. Quite the opposite. You need to closely monitor where the muscle is taking shape. What happens to your lines? Your frame can only hold a certain amount of muscle before it can turn bulky, if you like that look go for it, but if not, you need to focus on balancing your body’s symmetry and muscle groups.
Some people have an easy time building muscle, but hard time to lose fat. Some people are skinny but with fat and can eat a lot without gaining muscle just gaining fat. Some are skinny and can eat amazing amounts of food and not get muscular. Some are skinny but clean up their act and eat and train to get muscular and they do. Some are muscular and ripped by nature. Some have all the needed genetics but no drive. Some have all drive and no talent but still overcome that and become great at what they do. Some have talent and drive but no patience. Some have work ethic and a perfect body but no drive or interest. As you can see there are many variations!
You can never look at a picture of a physique and just expect and assume that you will achieve that certain look. The look or physique is just as unique as is an artist’s work or a musician’s music. It cannot be copied and be as genuine. You need to find inspiration in those who have the similar physiques you like, who have the same genetics or drive. You need to see your body’s strong points and make them stronger while bringing the weak ones up or downplaying them.
Bodybuilding is part training for looks, part training for function, part training for well-being and health. The better you are at balancing and taking care of all three parts the better you will feel and look. No amazing bodies are created by accident. They have been molded and carved out for years. Many thoughts, many frustrations, many personal records and personal defeats have colored that physique.
Don’t ever ask if you can look like someone special you look up to or get inspired by. Demand yourself to be the best YOU can be so you inspire others. I never had a body role model for instance. I didn’t look at bodies and said “that’s what I want”. I KNEW I had it in me, I just had to create the potential to a real deal. That’s what everyone’s gotta do. Step away from the dreaming table and go to the drawing table.