Body Symmetry for bodybuilders!
By Karen Sessions
Symmetry is how the body parts fit together to form your structure and how your upper and lower body are balanced.
Flex Wheeler and Lenda Murray have to have some of the best symmetry I have ever witnessed. They both possess cannon ball deltoids, wide lats, extremely small waists, large quads with flaring sweeps, well-developed calves, and full muscle bellies. Every body part is in balance with the other.
Symmetry is genetic, but there is a lot you can do with what you are given. If you want great symmetry like the pros, then you have to start thinking like a pro and not train harder per se, but train smarter.
Obviously, wide shoulders and back with a small waist looks exceptional. Therefore, structure your upper body training to meet that standard.
Heavy shoulder presses will build the foundation and lateral raises will further enhance the symmetry. Chins and lat pull downs will build a wide back to give you that well-known "V" taper, and the rows will thicken your back.
Your waistline can have a dramatic effect on your symmetry. Small hips are a plus, but if this category is working against you, then you have to put more emphasis on your back and shoulder width to make the waist appear smaller. Also, steer clear from twisting movements and weighted side bends, as these can thicken the mid-section.
Legs are the final aspect to extraordinary symmetry. You can't just train legs; you have to BUILD them. Pack on the mass with heavy squats and bring out the outer sweep with hack squats.
On the flip side, if you are holding extra non-muscle weight in the lower body, you will be better off using light to moderate weight with the squats and leg press. This basically comes down to your body type and genetics.
These are just the basics to great symmetry. While they are effective for making a symmetrical difference, don't forget the chest, all angles of the shoulders, arms, and calves.
A Word of Motivation:
The worse thing you can do is focus on your failures and not look ahead. Shrug the guilt off, get back in the gym, and restart your clean eating. Remember, maps can guide you- but in order to get to your destination you must follow it.
About the author:
Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988 and is a
certified personal fitness instructor and specialist in performance
nutrition. She is a nationally qualified natural female bodybuilder,
holding numerous titles in the southern states including two overalls.
Karen has written six e-books on fitness. She also writes articles for
several fitness websites, and distributes two monthly newsletters regarding
weight loss and female bodybuilding. Click here to find out more about her books!
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