How NOT To Look Like A Strong Weakling

November 15, 2013 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

(Guys that are strong but don’t look it)

aka this quote

”Hold up. Dude… you can lift twice as much as that guy over there. Why is HE bigger than YOU?”

OUCH… painful comment!

Solution: Eat more food… DUDE!

But lets look a little deeper in to this scenario. A scenario where I have been the victim of that painful comment (It affected me so bad, that I even remember the date. 17th February 2005) :O
Now, the reason why anyone would be a victim of this comment would be because of this point..

”Are you just lifting weights or actually stimulating muscle fibers?”

There is a big difference. Like I’ve said before, there’s more to it than just lugging a few weights around. And it often doesn’t take as much weight as people think to get the desired results.

So, let me start with the most important and relative point, so that you can avoid being picked on for being a scrawny looking guy who is in fact, REALLY strong.

#1 Focus on muscle tension

Now, there could be two reasons that could explain why the other guy is bigger than you.

  1. Genetics – That guy might have good muscle building genetics. A mesomorph style body type, where one can lose fat and gain muscle mass quite easily.
  2. He has been focusing on muscle tension. Or what I’ve previously described as shock body exercises.

You see, lifting heavy duty weight might make you look cool in the gym. But in fact, if I saw you lifting a heavy weight week after week, yet with no visible growth. I would have to…

1) Question your technique
2) Question your lifestyle and eating habits

Because there’s no real reason why you should be lifting super duper heavy weights in the gym, unless your goal is to grow muscle mass.

You can move more weight with momentum, sure. But you will not stimulate more muscle growth. For example, Olympic lifters don’t look even half as developed as advanced body builders. This is because the power moves they perform are accomplished by momentum and technique more so than actual muscle strength.

Muscle tension = Growth, not torque.

And in fact, you probably won’t have to lift as heavy as you may think. It’s more about this…

#2 Training insane – (Shock/ Explode muscles)


If you haven’t read my article about training insane, make sure you read it here. I’m confident that it will change your mind set and give you a good kick up the butt.

Any how, following on from my point above. Intensity is what you will want to focus on when you lift weights. Not doing so could be one of the key reasons why you might get the reaction described in the intro, because muscles will only grow when shocked with explosive activity (Have a read of the bugs quick tips)

This is the entire concept of training insane. When you train, you have to GO-AT-IT. Literally.

  • Short
  • Intense
  • Sometimes angry workouts (This music should help)

So quit lugging heavy weights around with technique-less flair. This really is not helping you to grow.

#3 Eat more food 5 times a day to avoid muscle break down


Now, if you are a victim of the ‘I am strong, but don’t look it’ squad, then I’d say at least 80% of the time would be down to an inconsistent diet. If you go through a day without eating for 4 hours or more then you are putting your body into a catabolic state, which is when the muscle tissues you’ve worked so hard to build up, begin to break down.

The best way to avoid this is to eat consistently throughout the entire day. Not just one big fat meal at dinner time (Which is probably most of you).

Think of it this way.

  • When you drive a car and give it a full tank of petrol, it performs great… right? Of course it does.
  • When you drive that same car on an empty tank it performs badly and the engine starts cutting out.. right? Yes, it does. We’ve all been there before.

That’s a no brainer. The killer point here is that when you run a car this way, you are actually destroying it’s shelf life, because doing so will wear the engine away.

The metaphor here =

Car engine/ Your muscles

Not feeding them is one thing, but to cause longer term damage to your muscle building results puts the nail in the coffin here. Muscle mass… NO MORE!

So do yourself a favor and start eating. Because even a crappy lifter will put on mass with the correct diet structure.

If you want a detailed program of…

  • What to eat
  • When to eat
  • How much to eat

Then read this post

#4 Focus on compound exercises

Now this point I left till last, because it’s not entirely important, but still relevant.

If you aren’t growing, it could be because you are placing to strong of a focus on isolation exercises (exercises that work one muscle group). This isn’t a bad thing, but you should only really focus on performing these exercises when you are trying to bring out the best of a certain muscle group.

Your main focus should be on performing compound exercises (exercises that work all 4 limbs) such as the bench press and dead-lift. By doing so you will definitely notice an improvement of the overall growth of all muscle groups around your body.

Killer compound exercises

To conclude

The goal of this website is to help everyone build the ultimate physique. That is…

  • Strength
  • Mass
  • V-shape body
  • Super duper health
  • Happiness
  • And overall 110% uber awesomeness.

Part of which you can find inside the unique bodyweight exercise ebook v3.0

The goal however, is not to help turn you into the next Mr. Olympia.

So if you don’t want to look like a lean weakling, make sure you follow the above. Once you do, you will be a muscle bound machine that people will inspire to be.

See you in the comments.

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