Beyond measurements

4.33 A good physique is not merely a set of measurements. Some men boast of their real 19-inch arms and 50-inch chests, but are not so keen to boast of their over 38-inch waists, and mere 15-inch calves. Your physique is the result of all your girths. ^e single measurement of the waist makes a dramatic difference to the appearance a set of girths provides.

4.34 In the example set of girths given using the McCallum formula, if the waist is a flabby 35 inches the physique will be dramatically different from if the waist is a defined 31 inches, with all other girths being about the same in both cases. Your waist could be a little more than 31 inches in this example and yet still be defined, if your obliques and lower-back muscles are very well developed.

4.35 Never pile on bodyweight by adopting a long-term very-heavy eating program. You want a muscular physique, not a soft or flabby one. Upper arms measuring 16.5 inches that are solid, accompanying a 31-inch waist, are very impressive by almost any standards. But 16.5-inch arms that go with a 35-inch waist are far less impressive. Keep yourself on the lean side.

4.36 If you are primarily a bodybuilder you will want balance in your body, from neck to calves. Aim to have your arms and calves the same girths give or take half an inch, and neck an inch or so larger. Regardless of your personal preference for bodybuilding or strength, you need strength and development in body parts that do not have dramatic effects upon girths—lower back, trapezius, and thickness throughout the back rather than just width.

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