Muscle, muscle, muscle, it's that magical body tissue that can make you stronger, it's the x-factor in developing a body which make women swoon. Muscle is exactly what some of the best physiques on the planet have, and what the "needs improvement" physiques covet. So many people yearn to understand how to gain muscle fast. With magazines, websites, along with other media touting these "to die for" physiques, it's hard not to get pulled in. But when I take a look at some of the professional bodybuilding magazines, I believe that some of the guys are larger than I'd ever wish to even think about being. Looking at the classic pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane plus some of the greats, I still admire the way they look! They're big, without doubt, but they still look human in my experience. Seeing the progression of the pro bodybuilder makes me wonder simply how much muscle is too much muscle???
Different people have different ideas of methods much muscle they would like to pack onto their respective frames and that is perfectly okay. After the day, you need to look in the mirror and be okay using what YOU see. To know how much muscle is too much, let's examine things from five different perspectives: 1) The Average Jane/ The Average Joe, 2) The Athlete, 3) The Bodybuilder, 4) The Significant Other, and 5) The Outside-Looking-Inn-ers.
The typical JANE/ THE AVERAGE JOE
The typical Jane and Average person probably don't peruse the fitness magazine, Shangri-la that exists in many bookstores. They eat the average diet, and perhaps are just seeking to shape up a bit. They are pretty happy with the lives they have, and may have gotten just a little out of shape for one reason or any other. The female fitness model or mountain of muscle look might not be what they're pursuing. Just shedding pounds a bit and toning up their existing muscle is the main goal.*
- There are cases where people change categories. The body will change based on what you do and what you desire to do with it.
The athlete may have genetic gifts that does not everyone has...natural speed, height, or perhaps fast-twitch muscle fibers. They are fully aware exactly what their gifts are and the build on those. They are not necessarily trying to become as large as a bodybuilder, but muscle matters. Every muscle fiber in their body has to be developed and tweaked to make them as effective as possible in their respective sport.
To the bodybuilder or aspiring bodybuilder the higher the muscle the greater. Well, I guess you could break this down even more. The natural bodybuilder may want big muscles, but naturally, symmetrically. The non-natural pro applies to as big and symmetrical as you possibly can by whatever means necessary (steroids, GH, etc.).
THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER
What does your wife/girlfriend think of your body? What does your husband/boyfriend consider your body? How this individual views you might play a large role in just how much muscle is too much. In case your girlfriend finds big muscles sexy, you may train even harder to be more appealing to her. On the other hand, if a thin waistline and sexy, muscular legs turn your husband on, you might train to become more appealing to him.
Give me an idea people to say about you when they help you? "Wow, you look amazing?" or "Jesus Christ, you're a beast!" or "Damn! Your body is so sexy." Sometimes outer voices can create internal pressure to change your body. Deciding on how much is simply too much can sometimes be influenced by those who are around you.
Personally, I've no desire to look like an IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) pro. I totally respect the hard work that bodybuilders put into their craft, day in and day out. However, I just don't see myself having the ability to maintain much muscle when I'm 65 or older. How many 75 year-old Jay Cutlers are you aware? Personally I attempt to shoot for the healthy, fit, male, underwear model look. They're great examples of buff although not over the top buff.