Back in the spring, I joined a local gym and decided I was going to end the days of “Adam the tall scrawny white guy”. I’ve always been very lean, and despite 5 straight months of dedication, I didn’t gain a ton of size (but enough that a few people commented, mainly on my arms).
One of my friends posted this on facebook not too long ago, and it surprised me, because it goes against what most people (including myself) tend to think.
I can’t post the full size image on here, so here’s what it says:
“Consider the body type you see on a Mr. Universe contestant. These competitions stress definition more than usefulness. In fact, when you see these guys in competition, they’re at their weakest. That saran wrap skin look comes from starving and dehydrating themselves. This look stresses upper body bulk and a trim waist. In short, this is body sculpture for the sake of show, not real power.”
The bottom one:
“Versus the body type you see at a strongman competition. These guys are legitimately strong. They are all about actual function and do not care about sculptured fat-free bodies. In fact, if a person puts on a lot of muscle bulk without fat in a short time, it suggests steroid use. They have very thick waists because all of the core muscles right through the torso are developed to prevent spinal damage and herniating organs during heavy lifting. This is the body of a guy who fights bears on a mountain“.
The “Mr. Universe” looking guy, as the graphic explains, is at his weakest because of the dietary and dehydration methods required to achieve that look (I had no idea!). The “true strength” guy actually looks kinda chunky. But that is how the guys who toss trees (cabers) look. Their core strength is insane. To quote the graphic “this is the body of a guy who fights bears on a mountain”.
I thought I would share this with you for interest sake. If you have a partner and they are coming home from the gym looking like the first form, they may want to modify their routine and not leave their core under-developed.