Hourglass/Feminine Body Figure - What to do to start getting a V shaped torso?

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    Oct 07, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Hey guys I'm rather new to working out and well.. I want to look and feel good! I eat right, but I don't exercise, outside marching band, yoga, and an occasional ab workout. As you can see, my hips get like real big and it looks pretty weird to some people (including me), and I'd love to start working to get rid of it. What would you recommend? I'm assuming I should start working my shoulders. Thanks.

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    Oct 07, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    You look like I did for most of my life. You definitely don't look weird. Guys would kill to be lean like you are. My advice - start a weight lifting regiment. Free weights are better. And PLEASE don't worry if you can't put much on the bar to start. Do you belong to a gym?

    Start with the basics such as:

    Bench press and push ups - chest
    Pull ups - Lats
    Curls - biceps
    Dips and Bar Push-downs - triceps
    ball crunches - abs
    Military press - shoulders

    I break the body down into two workout regiments:
    and work them every other day with a day off between

    And consume lots of protein esp after the workout - the necessary building blocks for muscles.

  • KissTheSky

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    Oct 07, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    I would not say you look feminine at all. You look like a really lean young healthy dude. A great foundation to go wherever you want with your build.
    You're starting from a really good place -- since you're so lean, if you start doing resistance training your gains will be obvious much faster than if you were chubby. If you can add a little muscle onto your lean frame you'll have the build of a model.
    Also, even if you have no equipment (weights, etc.) you can do lots of body-weight exercises like pushups and dips and squats, etc. There are tons of good videos on YouTube showing how to get started. Good luck... icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 07, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    How do you look when you pull your scapula into your body and down?

    Also compare this to how you look in 7 years. Bit of a wait, I know, but have patience.
  • Lincsbear

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    Oct 07, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    You don`t look unusual,just a slim young guy who hasn`t done much exercise.But that can change....
    My advice would be to start some cardio workouts,running,swimmimg,etc.It`ll strengthen your heart,lungs,circulation- all essential to an athletic body! Swimming particularly will broaden your shoulders and narrow your hips as it`s an all round exercise.
    Combine this with weight training and develop some muscle.
    My other advice would be to drink plenty of water,rest between workouts, and be patient.
    Do exercise regularly and you`ll be amazed how soon you look very different.
    Best wishes,
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    Oct 07, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    All round lifting, donĀ“t neglect your back and legs.

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    Oct 07, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    My torso looked just about like that at 17 years or so. It's a great shape to start with though, as you develop your chest and lats you will take on the V shape you're looking for.
    There is already great workout advise here so I won't babble.

    All the best to you!
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    Oct 07, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    Your body is still growing. Your ribcage will expand as your organs reach full maturity. Expect to fully mature by about 22 years old.

    Your hips are not unusually wide, so don't worry about it unless your parents have an unusual hourglass figure.

    But, pull-up exercises (wide grip) start to open your ribcage and cause a back flare. If these exercises coincide with your natural maturation rate you'll be blown away by the suddenness.
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    Oct 07, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    You don't look weird. You're very lean. Your parts are poking out angles you don't like but you contour can be changed by adding muscle. You're also only 18. At the gym, find a couple ab machines that target your obliques. These muscles line your lower ribs along the side. If you get just a little definition there, it will give your mid section a little more balance. Do some lat pull downs and dips at the gym as well and you should be fine. Step 1, stop putting your body down. Step 2, stop hanging around the people that think your body looks funny icon_smile.gif

  • fitartistsf

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    Oct 08, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    You are still going through puberty. And will do so until your late 20s (approx. 28, or so, when the pituitary glands begin to slow down the growth of your bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, cartiledge, etc.)... a truth that almost all people don't know. Just because the government, and society say you are a man at 18, able to vote, and die for your country, the body doen't finish growing until almost the age of 30.
    So, you are in a perfect position to gain size. Not only are you growing naturally, but by starting working out now, you can grow twice as fast as a normal young adult, or someone older, starting working out later in life (like me, LOL...)
    Concentrate on working out your entire body, as already suggested. Educate yourself on the body, what to feed it, what NOT to feed it, what to supplement with, and the amount of recover time needed. Search out a reputable, certified, trainer if you need assistance learning the routines. DO NOT DO STEROIDS at your age. That will signal the pituitary glands to slow down early, or stop producing entirely, the hormones that make you grow naturally.
    With your body style now, ANY work outs you start, will yield results VERY quickly. You have no fat reserves to loose first, to show the definition as you grow, as older, heavier, people must loose. So you will begin to show size and definition very shortly after starting....

    Good luck, keep all your RJ brothers informed!
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    Oct 08, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Everyone starts somewhere. You don't look feminine. It's always easier to put muscle on a lean frame than shed fat. Also, don't worry about what people think of you in the gym. The only guy who's going to be checking out how much weight you can bench is the guy who joined the gym the day after you did.
  • mybud

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    Oct 08, 2011 8:24 AM GMT
    Eat and lift heavy and often...simple as that....
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 08, 2011 9:04 AM GMT
    take it easy on yourself- you're 18, AND you don't have big hips!! In time you will fill out. Working out will help.icon_idea.gif