You Don’t Need To Lift Heavy To Build Muscle
Lifting weights can increase your strength, but it won’t make you stronger than someone who doesn’t lift weights. Lifting weights will not make you bigger. Lifting weights may improve your cardio, but it won’t make you fitter than someone who doesn’t lift weights. If anything lifting weight might cause some people to become less fit because they are too tired from all the exercise.
The truth is, if you want to look good naked then you don’t need to lift any weight at all. The only thing that matters is what kind of clothes you wear. And while there’s no doubt that clothing makes a difference, it isn’t the main reason why people get bigger. Lifting weights does play a role in getting bigger, but it’s just one part of the equation.
There are other factors involved such as genetics and training.
Genetics and Training
There are many reasons why people get bigger. Genetics plays a major role in whether or not you’ll grow larger muscles. Some people simply have genetic predispositions towards getting bigger muscles. Others have been genetically programmed to naturally develop those types of muscles faster than others.
Still others may be blessed with a combination of both natural genes and training that allows them to build massive amounts of muscle quickly without even lifting weights!
One thing to remember is that genetics are defined by two factors. The first of these factors being your parents. If your parents were naturally muscular and lean, then you have a good chance of getting those types of muscles. If your parents were skinny, then you may have to work a little harder towards getting the body that you want.
The second factor is your age. Just like children grow at different rates, a person’s muscle can grow at different rates as well. Most people are born with an underdeveloped muscle structure that allows them to grow muscles over time. As you get older, your muscles can continue to grow at a fast pace as you work out on a regular basis.
It’s also important to note the muscular differences between men and women. Men naturally have more muscle mass than women. While some of this may be due to exercise and diet, most of it is caused by testosterone. In general, men have higher levels of testosterone than women.
This is why men usually have more muscular bodies than women. The difference in testosterone also plays a role in how fast each gender can increase muscle mass. Men can build large amounts of muscle faster and easier than women, even when they are doing similar types of exercise.
That isn’t to say that women can’t get the body that they want. It’s just harder for them to do so because they have much lower testosterone levels than men. The good news is that women only need to build a certain amount of muscle in the right places in order to look attractive. For men, they need to build more to even approach looking attractive.
Just remember that it’s impossible to achieve the type of body you see in professional bodybuilding competitions solely through exercise. Even those who take anabolic steroids don’t end up looking like the do naturally. They also have to alter their diets and take a variety of supplements as well. If you stick with a good weight lifting routine and eating healthy, you’ll be able to get most of the way there.
If you want to take it a step further, then you’re going to need to invest in some anabolic steroids as well as other types of supplements.
Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)
No matter how muscular or skinny you are, you need to wear the right clothes in order to make yourself look better. You may have the perfect body, but if you’re wearing baggy clothes, you’re going to look like a slob. On the other hand, you might have the ideal body type for your gender, but you’re going to look unimpressive if you’re wearing a skinny jeans or are trying to wear a dress.
Dressing for your body type is just as important as working out in order to achieve the body that you want. Part of this is due to how the person wearing the clothes feel when they wear them. If you wear clothes that are too baggy, then you’re going to feel sloppy. If you wear clothes that are too tight, then you’re not going to be able to move as well and will feel constricted.
One of the worst things that a man can do is to wear a woman’s clothing. Just because a clothing is marketed towards women doesn’t mean that it’s going to look good on you. Baggy shirts combined with skinny jeans or leggings may be popular with some men right now, but this doesn’t change the fact that you’re going to look like a fool if you wear them. Skinny jeans are just as bad for men.
The best thing that you can do is to get clothes that are specifically designed for your body type. In addition to this, you’re going to want to get clothes that fit your body well without being too tight or too baggy. As a general rule of thumb for men, you’re usually going to want to wear clothes that fit tightly to your body without being too tight and are designed to let you move around freely without becoming entangled in them. Baggy clothes are only ever acceptable when specifically designed for certain activities such as yoga or parachuting.
For women, you’re going to want to wear clothes that are fitted to your body without being too tight and let you move around freely without being too restrictive. Baggy clothes are reserved for certain activities such as yoga or parachuting where they can be useful. Skin-tight clothes are only acceptable when you want to look attractive for someone of the desired gender. You also want to avoid wearing clothes that are see-through.
As for colour, you’re going to want to wear colours that fit your skin tone. Wearing dark colours will make you look thinner than wearing lighter colours. If you have a pale complexion, wearing black is going to wash you out and you’re going to want to avoid it.
Clothes should never be the most important thing on your mind. They should never be the main reason why you’re doing something. You’re not going out to spend all your money on a new wardrobe or to go clothes-shopping as a way to spend time with friends or as a hobby. You wear clothes in order to have other people accept you and the best way to do this is to wear clothes that fit your body type and flatter it without looking bad either.
Choose Your Fashion Sense
Your choice in fashion sense can make or break your entire look. While it may seem superficial to worry about your clothing when there are more important things in life, it’s a fact that you’re going to be judged on your appearance first. If this judgment is positive then great, if it isn’t then you’re going to have to work extra hard in order to get the people that you want to like you to like you.
Wearing certain styles of clothes are going to be seen as trendy by certain groups of people while being seen as “not” by others. You’re going to have to decide what group you want to fall into because it’s likely that you’re going to have to experience being called a “poser” at some point during your fashion career if you don’t start out as a true fan.
Poser: An individual who associates themselves with a particular subculture, movement, group, or lifestyle without being a true fan.
Just like musicians such as “Nickleback” or “Korn”, there are certain groups of people who claim that they aren’t true fans of the things that they like and it’s likely that these people are posers. A lot of heavy metal fans, for example, will claim that bands like “Nickelback” and “Korn” aren’t really metal at all despite the fact that these bands have created music that falls under the genre.
When you begin to involve yourself in a certain subculture, it’s important to know if you’re a poser or not. It’s likely that you’re going to be accused of being one no matter what, however there are ways to ensure that this isn’t the case.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is pick a subculture that you’re actually interested in. While it may be tempting to pick one at random just because you like the way that their clothing looks, you’re going to want to avoid this. If you don’t actually like what you’re wearing then it’s likely that you won’t feel comfortable which is going to reflect in your personality.
The next thing you’re going to want to do is make sure that you keep up on current events within that particular subculture. It’s important to know what other people are into so that you can at least pretend to be into it as well. This will also give you things to talk about with other members of the subculture which is always a plus.
The final thing you’re going to want to do is make sure that you aren’t pretending to be something that you aren’t. It’s one thing to be knowledgeable about a certain topic and it’s another thing to actually be passionate about it. If you aren’t passionate about the subculture that you’ve chosen, people are going to be able to tell and it’s going to be obvious that you’re a poser.
While it’s perfectly fine to try on different hats so to speak when it comes to your personal interests, you’re always going to want to keep things as genuine as possible. It’s important that you maintain your identity no matter what choices you make.
Clothing and Accessories
Now that you’ve chosen a subculture to hang around in, you’re going to want to look the part. Clothing is always going to be a tricky thing. Most people tend to like clothes that match their personality so if you’re still unsure of who you are it’s likely that you won’t mind the selection that you have to choose from. If you do find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is clean yourself up. No matter what type of clothing you’re into, chances are they all come in varying shades of black, white, grey, and brown. Find something that suits your style and hone in on it. Once you’ve got that down, move onto the finer details such as graphics, logos, and slogans.
These are directly linked to your personality so it shouldn’t be too hard for you.
For example, a goth might like the darker colored clothing with skulls and graphics of death. A raver might like bright colors with catchy slogans and graphics. By determining your style of music and/or your personality, it should be relatively easy to choose what you want to wear.
Along with clothing, you’re going to want to accessorize as well. Along with the obvious jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, you’re going to want to pay attention to things such as hats, socks, shoes, and even things such as glasses or gloves. Accessories are a great way to round out your look so it’s important to take advantage of this.
Once you’re fully decked out from head to toe in your finest clothing and accessories, you’re going to want to make sure that everything is in good condition. No one wants to be seen with someone who doesn’t take care of their things. If something gets a small tear or hole in it, get it fixed or replaced as soon as you can. If you wear a ring, make sure that you keep up on cleaning it.
The same goes for anything electrical or mechanical such as watches, glasses, bikes, etc.
The final thing you’re going to want to do is learn how to carry yourself in public. While clothing is a great way to express yourself and gather interest, your body language and how you interact with others is just as, if not more important.
You’re going to want to walk with a confident air about you. This can be accomplished by making sure everything about you is squared away. Have your shoulders back, your head held high, and your gaze fixed steadily ten feet in front of you. By walking in this manner, you’re sending out signals that you are not to be messed with and are a natural leader.
Another major factor of your movement involves how to react to others. By being positive and friendly, you’re going to want to have a smile on your face at all times when in public (unless you’re alone or with someone you’re very familiar with). A smile is one of the best ways to put people at ease and make them more comfortable around you. If you need to, practice in front of a mirror, but make sure it looks natural.
There are also ways to use your hands and arms while talking. If you’re explaining something, use your hands to act it out. Point with your index finger or give a thumbs up if that’s more your style. Basically, just make sure you’re keeping good eye contact and aren’t doing anything too weird with your arms or hands.
If you follow these steps, people are going to be more receptive of you. You’ll be able to make a good impression on some potential band members or even fans, who knows. Just remember, this is only the beginning. Now that you have your basic look down, it’s time to move on to…
Music has always been a great way to vent your emotions. Whether you’re happy, sad, angry, or bored, music can help put those feelings into words and sounds. If you’re like me, you’ve got a song for every mood.
So, have you picked out your instrument of choice yet?
If not, you should do that soon. It’s best to pick something you’re familiar with. You don’t want to be learning how to play the trombone when you’re already stressed out from everything else. Electric Guitar is a good choice for a beginning instrument. It’s relatively easy to learn and you don’t need to plug it in, so you can play it anywhere. If you really want to stand out, try playing the bagpipes. They’re a lot more difficult to learn though. Whatever you decide, make sure you practice! If you’re going to take the time to make music, it should at least sound good, if not great.
One way to improve your skills is to try playing with others. Find another person who plays an instrument and try to come up with songs together. You could even try joining band at your school. Most of the time, bands will have open positions they need filled.
Of course, you can always seek out musicians on your own if you want to go at it alone.
Now that you’ve got your songs and your sound, it’s time to start performing live. The best place to do this is either at school or in your garage. If you decide to do it at school, you’ll need to talk with the appropriate people to get permission and reserve a time during a break period or after classes are over. Of course, you won’t make as much money doing it this way because you’re splitting the earnings with your school.
Also, there’s the risk of getting kicked out because of some rule that gets passed or somebody feels uncomfortable about the whole thing.
Doing it in your garage is a little less risky and you don’t have to worry about splitting the money, but you’ll make less of it because you won’t have as many people coming to watch. If you can, try to set up near something that draws a crowd like a school or place of work. Also, make sure you promote your shows otherwise no one will know about them and you’re wasting your time.
Now that you’ve got your songs, your instruments, and your audience, all that’s left is to ROCK.
Remember to enjoy yourself. This is what it’s all about.
As long as you followed my advice and took the time to do all of this, then you’re well on your way to becoming a successful musician. Just stay focused and determined and always be willing to try something new and you should have no problems.
Good luck kid!
Chapter 3: The Dynamic Duo
“And with the pick, the Denver Nuggets select, Allen Vinson!”
You and your newly acquired friend high-five as you’re both picked up from the crowd and handed a Nuggets Jersey each. You both put them on over your clothes before holding hands and making your way off the stage and towards the cameraman.
Awe come on, don’t you want to at least take a picture with me?”
The cameraman asks in a playful tone.
He’s a lot less creepy up close. You get the impression that he was just screwing around with you the whole time.
“Sure.” You reply.
You and Allen pose for a picture together before he takes both of your jerseys from you and pulls you in for a hug.
“Thank you so much for this.” He says with tears welling up in his eyes. “You have no idea how much this means to me.”
“I think I got a pretty good idea.” You laugh.
Both of you return to the cameraman as he snaps one last picture of the three of you together.
“Now if you two will excuse me, I have to go harass someone else now.” He says before running off.
You and Allen both look at each other for a moment before hugging again. You didn’t think you’d actually get picked but here you are. This is honestly the best day of your life!
So are you going to try out for one of the sports teams too?”
“I dunno, I’m not very athletic…”
You stare at him in disbelief. YOU didn’t think you were either before today, but here you are wearing a jersey. Maybe he’ll be able to make the team, maybe not, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to try!
“Come on, we should get to classes.” You say.
You and Allen have both settled into life at your new school and house. You both have classes together and it’s going smoothly so far, but the two of you still haven’t found any other kids around your age to hang out with.
While you’re sitting in class one day, you ponder if you should try to make friends with someone else. It’s just that, well Allen is kind of cool and he’s really the only person you know here. It might be a little awkward at first, but you’re determined to make this work.
Later, you and Allen meet up at the usual place.
Hey Mike, what’d you get for number four?”
“Ah hell, I forgot to even look at that one.
How’d you do on number five?”
“I didn’t get number five…”
“Oh for…here lemme see.”
Allen takes your worksheet and after a moment he smiles.
“You put down the answer to number five! Yeah! We rule!”
He looks around and then leans in close to you.
“We should get the hell out of here, I know a place where we can smoke all the cigarettes we want.”
You raise an eyebrow at him, he’s never mentioned this place before.
“Oh don’t worry, my cousin lives there, we can go there.”
“Oh….well okay then.”
He grabs your hand and the two of you make your way through town. He leads you to a house that from the outside looks identical to all the others on the street. He walks up to the front door and pulls out a key.
“My cousin is at his mother’s for the week, he won’t mind if we use his place.”
Allen unlocks the door and both of you head to the basement.
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