Back is getting too big.

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    Jun 11, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Ok so this may sound odd, but here goes.

    Has anybody tried to purposefully decrease the size of their muscles? I have always worked my chest out pretty hard and am starting to see more definition. Yet from years of swimming, my back, especially my lats, are really big. I recently saw some pictures of me and became aware of how the balance between my lats and my chest, was not allowing me to really get the look I want from the front. I still want to work my inner back and lower back, but feel like I would look better if my lats were not so big. Have you ever tried to rebalance your body symetry? Any ideas?

    I know I could build up my chest even more, but I am already having trouble finding clothes that I like and fit across the back, so its not purely a superficial reason...well I guess it is, I just love clothes.
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    Jun 11, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    You could stop working them. Don't do any exercises that target or include your lats.

    I don't know really..
    How about you cut them off and give them to me? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    If you don't work them they should deteriorate. Or you could just stand straight and stick your chest out. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 12, 2008 2:13 AM GMT


    OMG!!! I'm very very happy that no man can mentally control his symetry. If left to his own devices, many men would look like carnival freaks.

    If your lats are big, don't wish for them to be smaller, just wait for your chest to get bigger. I remember when I started working out, everything was about the chest and I wanted to grow it, but my back started growing first. My chest finally caught up and IT WAS the perfect look I wanted.

    However, four years ago, I suffered a crash and lost a significant amount of mass. My back was the first to go. With it gone, that big chest didn't have any support. It was sorta like hanging a full book bag on a skinny coat rack. It didn't really look different to onlookers, but the feeling was unforgettable. Everything got back to normal a year or so ago and having lost it before, I'll never curse my back again.

    Besides, I know you want a big chest that pops out of your shirt? The only reason it would do that is because your back muscles are pulling the fabric from the back and increasing it's tightness on your chest. With a big chest and no back, the fabric will flow toward the front and actually look looser.

    Also, bodies do not grow big at once. They grow in parts. You've done the hardest part, you've gotten the message through to your body that you want it to grow. For whatever reason, it has chosen your back first. Don't impede it, let it do what it will to your back and then it will naturally go to the next part and grow it. Many guys, when they start out: have one side bigger than the other, one arm bigger...big back, small chest, you name it. It all evens out eventually.

    As far as clothes, put your tailor on speed dial
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    Jun 12, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    DJBens,

    You like fine. Your body is in superior shape. Your lats are fine.

    Everyone has trouble finding clothes that fit just right.

    I'm just sayin', be happy with what ya got. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 12, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    I'm with GuiltyG on this one. Your back width is making your waist look smaller, too.
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    Jun 12, 2008 6:18 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI'm with GuiltyG on this one. Your back width is making your waist look smaller, too.


    It's all an illusion, pay no attention to the monkey with the drums!
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    Jun 12, 2008 6:45 AM GMT
    Er, wrong verb. Makes, not is making.icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 12, 2008 7:04 AM GMT
    One day I hope we'll stop focusing so much on looks. As the Transformers used to say: "there's more than meets the eye."
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    Jun 12, 2008 8:24 AM GMT
    DanteCA said

    I don't know really..
    How about you cut them off and give them to me? icon_biggrin.gif


    Share! Hmk? icon_wink.gif

    And DJBens, you're très sexy the way that you are! icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 12, 2008 10:46 AM GMT
    There's always a question of balance when you're working out your body
    if you're getting more mass in your lats work them less and hit the opposing sets of muscles more which is your chest
    also if you want to decrease the overall muscularity
    and bulk hit cardio really hard for a few months
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    Jun 12, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice and compliments. I know I can work out the chest more. I guess, being 5'7" (or slightly smaller) it is difficult to find shirts that fit me. I end up buying L and XL, which fit snug (as I like) up top but I am swimming in around the waist and in the length. As my back seems to be the broadest part, it seemed like a good place to start. I guess I don't see myself from the back and was a little surprised


    On the flip side, I have busted my ass for years to get where I am.
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    Jun 12, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    DJBens77 said
    I know I could build up my chest even more, but I am already having trouble finding clothes that I like and fit across the back, so its not purely a superficial reason...well I guess it is, I just love clothes.


    Hey, I have long arms and a long torso... There is a lot of clothes that dont fit me the way *I* want them to.

    This will sound bad...but since I am tall and skinny, there are a lot of brands that just dont cut for me.... J Crew is one of them... Their pants are one thing...but their shirts are usually off. Too WIDE for my narrow waste. Sadly, I fit perfectly into clothes that are too expensive... that are made for guys with a tall height and pretty thin frame.

    So i'd say its normal for guys - especially bodybuilder/ jocks who have big muscles- to have a hard time finding the right clothes.

    Remember that there is an 'average' male that most brands size for... and if you are working out constantly increasing your size etc, you are no longer average!

    You just have to shop carefully and if you feel like you are getting too big, start a maintenance workout program, rather than a muscle-building program. Also... yoga tends to help slim down the muscles? or so i hear....