Gaining untargeted muscle is easy and over-rated. The problem with following the standard advice of concentrating on the "big 3" lifts (squat, deadlift, and bench press) is that it will most likely create a terrible looking, bulky physique.
In fact, a little bit slim is better than overly muscular and blocky.
Think about that for one second. Wouldn't you rather look more like Jude Law versus a bloated looking professional wrestler in the WWE?
You see, even if you are a little on the slim side you can still look "cool" and hip. You can wear designer clothes. You can look "GQ", etc.
…but if you put on too much muscle on the wrong places you get that “cheesy” meat-head aura...and that is not a place where you want to be.
Most women are repulsed by guys who are "overdone" !
...But these same women love the right amount of muscle.
Some examples of this are Taylor Lautner, Cam Gigandet, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson (now he has slimmed down), Hugh Jackman, etc...
I realize that attracting women isn't the only reason to put on muscle, but it is most likely at least part of the motivation to attaining a nice looking physique.
...But Where You Gain the Muscle is Just the Beginning.
There are two types of muscle growth that affect the look of a muscle.
- Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy: This is growth caused by the increase in fluid (sarcoplasm) within a muscle cell. This is a fast way to increase the size of a muscle, but since sarcoplasm is a fluid and can't contract...it won't make the muscle significantly stronger.
- Myofibrillar Hypertrophy: This is actual muscle fiber growth. This adds a lot less to the size of a muscle than sarcoplasmic growth, but since muscle fiber can contract...it will make the muscles significantly stronger.
Now...many trainers will tell you that muscle definition is simply a matter of gaining muscle and then losing body fat to reveal that muscle. They have the right idea, but this is just part of the puzzle.
<---Someone who focuses on the proper ratio creates full, dense looking muscles.
Too much sarcoplasmic focused training? This creates that large "fluffy" look. The muscles look doughy and rounded -not- sharp and angular. Too much focus on myofibrillar training? This creates smaller dense muscles. Although the muscles are hard and angular, they tend to be undersized.
Both types of muscle growth have their place if you want to create a sharp looking lean and muscular look.
...if you simply lift to put on muscle, then you are just hoping that your physique winds up looking the way you want (I don't like to leave things up to chance). Instead of hoping the hard work will pay off, you should do everything in your power to give yourself the best shot at the ideal outcome.
<---Here is a good example of the "shrink wrap" effect. Often times guys will look defined in the gym because of a temporary pump which tightens up their skin. The problem with this approach is that once that pump goes down, their skin is a little loose...
...and they don't display that same amount of muscle definition outside of the gym.
If you look much better in the gym than you do at the beach, or if you only have nice six pack abs with strong over-head lighting...then I guarantee it is most likely a result of loose skin. This loose skin makes the difference between "sort of" toned and absolutely shredded.
Introducing "Visual Impact Muscle Building"
This is a 72 page course dedicated to advanced techniques in gaining muscle in a way that creates a sharp physique with hard, full muscles. There is nothing "cookie cutter" about this course. It isn't a rehash of what you already know.
(If that was the case I wouldn't have bothered writing this)
...the goal with this manual is to teach you exactly the variables that you need to tweak to get the exact look you desire.
I have included a detailed 3 phase plan, where each phase "builds upon" the previous phase...creating a razor sharp physique by the end of the last phase.