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Symmetry and Proportion Bodybuilding
How to Train for Symmetry and Proportion
Symmetry is one of the lost elements of the bodybuilding world. It
was part of the start of the sport, and part of the best years of
bodybuilding, but slowly disappeared as the mass bulk freaky show
took over. And that's unfortunate because symmetry makes the body
look better. Steve Reeves, one of the most symmetrical builds of all
time, had calves, arms and a neck measurement that were all the same
size. That’s symmetry. Other notable symmetrical bodybuilders were
Frank Zane, Serge Nubret, Mohamed Makkawy and Lee Lebrada.
Symmetry and proportion are the art of making everything in the body
look balanced. You’ve probably seen guys who let their body get too
far out of balance – and it isn't pretty. One example of this is the
"light bulb" physique, which comes about from doing tons of bench
press and curls and no leg work. Or how about Popeye, the guy who
only does arm work? And the reverse can be true as well. How about
the "bicyclist", the guy who spends inordinate amounts of time on
the legs and neglects the upper body? These are all symptoms of a
lack of symmetry and proportion.
So how do you make your body symmetrical? The first step is to look
in the mirror and notice if anything is out of whack. Or ask a
friend, and tell he to be frank.
Once you have found an area or areas that need to be worked on, you
attack them. Arnold determined his calves were far below par, so he
made them a priority. And he wore shorts to the gym which emphasized
how scrawny they were. This made him work all the harder to overcome
the weak point.
Give the weak points the top priority in your workout. Don't abandon
your other training, but do put your weak points in the spotlight
and in the prime workout slots. And really go after them. Arnold
used tons of poundage to pound some size and shape into his calves.
Keep hitting your weak spots until they are up to par and your full
body is symmetrical. And don't overlook the waist. Many guys have a
bunch of well-built muscle groups but have a waist so big it spoils
the effect. Whittle the waist down and you will be well on the way
to better proportions.
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