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I’ve been training myself and hundreds of clients for nearly 20 years.
Throughout this period, I’ve used various training methods: bodybuilding, Superslow, powerlifting, so-called functional training, and olympic-style weightlifting. And in recent years it has been all about athletic development.
At times I even used a combination of these methodologies.
A Look of Disproportion
In the end, however, most people I work with — myself included — just want to be healthy and possess an attractive physique… not to have a disproportionate look!
Most of us don’t care about winning lifting trophies, or prancing around a bodybuilding stage in purple bikinis. We don’t want to possess a barrel torso like that of the powerlifter, a thick set of legs and hips like that of the weightlifter, or the odd-looking, cartoon caricature of a bodybuilder.
Most people I know don’t need (or want) to look like this, or train like this, to play a round of golf or a pick-up game of basketball on Sunday afternoon. We don’t need to do any of this to go to the local coffee shop.
A Need for Change
I asked myself why I’ve been beating up myself and my clients with these brutal programs that are based on maximum athletic development. It all made no sense.
So I took 2 decades of practical experience, the theoretical knowledge gained from my Sports Medicine degree, and years of reading scientific journals, and made things easier on myself and the people I train.
I began to exercised for aesthetics — for looks.
It’s easier on the joints, the back, and the knees. There’s a lot less physical stress, but still just the right amount for positive adaptation to stressful situations, both physically and psychologically. It’s a nice balance.
Putting Exercise Into Perspective
Training for aesthetics means that we may not be as strong as a powerlifter that back-squats a thousand pounds, or an Olympic weightlifter that clean-and-jerks 3 times his own weight.
But I know that proper exercise of any kind — even those not considered by the fitness gurus as “functional training” — will make us better and healthier people. The fact that we do some lifting (even if for only aesthetics) invariably makes us functionally competent.
If I have ripped abs, defined legs, and veiny arms, then I’m fine being functionally competent.
Sleekness is the New Black
In future posts I will write more about the exercise that I use to build just the right amount of muscle in just the right places, for that sleek movie-star, fashion model physique. It involves manipulating the hormonal responses first, and then targeting areas you want to increase muscularity.
This sounds complicated, but it’s not and takes a lot less time than you think.
I call this the economics of aesthetics exercise.