One of the first pieces of fitness advice that I wish someone told me was that no matter how bad I wanted to be as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger, it was never going to happen. Not in a million years of training and eating would I ever be able to be as big as that man, even with some “assistance”. I honestly thought that if I religiously ate and trained right, I could get on Arnold’s level.
As the years passed by, I slowly began to realize that God hadn’t created me to be a big fella like Arnold. At some point, in my early 20s, I came to the final realization that I would be doing great to hit 190 lbs. of solid muscle. This realization was a bummer, but it didn’t stop me from training hard and eating right. I stayed in the 170 to 180 lbs. range for YEARS! The heavier I got, the softer I looked, so I would shred back down to 170 lbs. when spring and summer rolled around. This vicious cycle went on for a good long time.
Shortly after this realization, and during my short college stint, I ran across an Anatomy and Physiology teacher that put everything into proper perspective. He taught me that every person is of a specific body type and pretty much predestined to be a certain size, unless chemically enhanced. I also learned that even if a person is chemically enhanced, that doesn’t necessarily equate to them packing on muscle mass. I was mind blown with those little tid bits, to say the least. These 3 body types are: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph.
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- Narrow hips and clavicles
- Small joints (wrist/ankles)
- Thin build
- Stringy muscle bellies
- Long limbs
- Wide clavicles
- Narrow waist
- Thinner joints
- Long and round muscle bellies
- Thick rib cage
- Wide/thicker joints
- Hips as wide (or wider) than clavicles
- Shorter limbs
To be honest with you, I was a bit relieved to hear that I had not been doing it wrong and that my anatomy was what was holding me back from being the next Mr. Olympia (never really a goal of mine). For the next few years, if I wasn’t working my tail off trying to earn a dollar, I worked on determining what type of training and diet worked for me. I tried everything from low carb to high carb diets and everything in between. Concerning training, I tried everything from traditional bodybuilding routines to powerlifting (more on both of those topics, later).
What I aim to get across here is that you must understand that you were designed a certain way and that no matter how much you may want to look like another person, it just isn’t gonna happen. Don’t get me wrong, you can get dang close! Aim to be the best you and be happy with today. You are not guaranteed tomorrow, friend.
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