How Can I Get The Male Model Look?
I'm 18 years old and I used to do rowing on a pro team. Its been around 1.5 years since I stoppped doing rowing. As you can guess I've gotten some fat after that. I started bodybuilding to stay fit and managed to get some muscle mass. For some reasons I had to give up sports for 4 months.
I decided to give modeling a try so I needed to get back to sports as soon as possible. I guess the body I need for modeling is a low-fat and shredded one. So I'm full of thoughts about what do I would like to ask you some questions:
- I have a handful of fat around my belly. I guess the first thing I should do is to get rid of this fat before I start training with weights. Of course this is what I think. I need some advice about how many days to do cardio (running, cycling, or ergometer) and how long.
- Unfortunately I have a badly developed chest. I had done a lot of flat bench presses before so the bottom of my chest is a bit triangle-shaped. I want to have a wide, good looking chest. (Also the bones in my chest are a little bit mishaped, they look like they are pushed out of the chest.) I'd be glad if you could advise some exercises to acheive the look I want to have.
- I have some strength and mass imbalances between my left and right arms. My right arm is not developed as good as the left one. The back part of my right triceps is smaller and the right biceps is a bit smaller and is not as hard as the left one when it contracts. Should I give up training my left arm for sometime and concentrate on my right? Or is there any other advice you can give?
Well, it took a bit long but this matter is one of the most important things for me now! I'd be glad if you could help me with them. By the way, I weigh 87 kgs, I'm 1.87m tall, I use protein powder, and I can do sports anytime so I have no limitations on the frequency of the training.
That is a tall order, but I think we should be able to help you out with most of those problems. Since they are nicely laid out lets take a look at them individually.
- Many people in embarking on training programs believe there is some order in which they should proceed, i.e. dieting, then aerobics, then weights. In actuality you want to include all three at one time. How you organize the program depends on many factors (time, facility, and experience), but these components work synergistically. They will all help with body fat loss and strength training will increase your metabolism by adding some lean muscle mass.
- There is some horrible advice floating around strength training circles that there are different parts of the chest that can be trained by different exercises. For example, the flat bench press does not hit any muscle parts differently than flat flyes however, because flyes are more of an isolation exercise people tend to feel their chest differently.
The shape of your chest is largely dependant upon your genetics. From there you need to make sure your training program meets your goals. The bench press is a core exercise as well as dips, flyes, and various push-ups. How you alternate sets, reps, and rest periods is up to you. There really is no secret though. Change these variables every four weeks and you should see a large improvement.
- My initial reaction is that you spend a little too much time looking at yourself in the mirror! If you can notice such small differences like that you may have other issues to address. The only way I could see a significant presence of the size of the arms is if you sufferred an injury. Train unilateral if you want, but dumbbells will be a great help in balancing the two sides out.
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