THE ANALYTICAL APPROACH TO FITNESS
An experienced trainer, your own personal trainer, is a necessity. There just is no substitute for having a well-qualified trainer to guide a bodybuilder's program of physique development. I strongly urge bodybuilders, whether beginners or advanced, to make room in their budgets for the expense of a well-qualified trainer. The price of a trainer's service can be high, but remember that you are obtaining a specialist whom you require to direct you toward your goals. A specialist in the field of bodybuilding is as important in your life as a bodybuilder as is a specialist in the field of medicine for your medical well-being.Improve Your Physique In 3 Ways
We all have our favourite body parts to train which often become our best body parts because we put more effort in on those days, which ultimately means our connection is better in that area. Often I find people don't like to train there weakest muscle groups, potentially because they just don't feel anything happening therefore part of them feels it is a waste of their time. However, if you want to maximize the overall shape of your physique then you need to understand that your strengths will only ever be as good as your weaknesses. I've highlighted 3 key areas below you need to focus on in order to improve your overall shape.
Balance Your Upper & Lower Body
Some people will have very strong legs and lagging upper bodies, then others will have the opposite problem. Whichever way around you are, always focus on bringing the weaker half up because ultimately that improves the overall illusion of your physique. No matter how good one part of your physique is, if the other half is lacking it will downgrade the overall look. During my earlier days as a competitive bodybuilding my legs did lag behind my upper body, so I busted my ass on leg day to make sure that they became just as good as my upper body. Creating a physique is about covering every angle, not just the body parts you enjoy training because they grow easily.
Focus On The Posterior Chain
The posterior chain, throughout your back down to your hamstrings is an area which a lot of people neglect and it really shows. They say a lot of bodybuilding shows are won from the back, so never let that area run away from you. It may take you longer to build that connection with those muscles if you struggle to feel them, but once you get there your physique will improve significantly for it. This will also give you a lot more depth from the side which is a rare quality in physiques today.
Build More Width & Sweep
There's nothing more striking than a broad set of shoulders with a very wide tapered back, small waist and set of sweeping thighs to give that ultimate X frame appearance from the front, and back. Rather than just focus on mass in one area, make sure you're adding the right mass in the right areas. Broadening your shoulders will definitely improve this illusion, as will adding muscle to the outer area of your quads.
Ultimately this is about developing a very 3 dimensional physique which looks complete from every angle, which requires a lot of thought and attention.