What is the deal with huge upper bodies and chicken legs?!

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    Jun 19, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
    I noticed this week while i was doing cardio.... That there seems to be a disproportionate number of guys who work out for hours on their upper bodies and spend NO time on their legs/lower body. What is the deal with that?

    Seems like my entire city is full of these guys with huge chests and arms walking around with stilt legs
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    Jun 19, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    I notice that all the time. There are guys that just go to the gym and religiously work out their upper bodies and their legs are super thin. It looks odd to me. All the upper body weight and then those skinny legs that look like a game of Jenga that will collapse at any given moment.

    The biggest issue I see with it is that it makes me think the person isn't far reaching enough or not really into being well-rounded.
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    Jun 19, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    I guess it bothers me so much because leg work outs are my favorite and I enjoy shredding them. I make it my goal on leg day to at least feel like i am about to throw up, if i dont actually do it. Makes me feel like i accomplished something!
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    Jun 19, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    Not only that, but I think the "reverse" looks better. If you have an "okay" upper body that isn't huge, but a nice lower body you can still look amazingly great.
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    Jun 19, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    And by "lower body" you of course mean.... ;) hahaha

    No, I totally agree. There's a dude at my gym with an amazing upper body. I'm talking pecs and arms you would drool over. After he pumps iron for a while, he gets on the cross-trainer, and his skinny white legs show in all their glory. haha He looks like a marine, he should have marine legs. It's just disproportionate, ya know?
  • Drewboo

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    Jun 19, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    It looks kind of hott to me actually, if done correctly. As long as you run or swim or walk a lot, its really not that big of a deal. A little bit of leg and go a long way with thrusting lol. Now dont get me wrong, I love me some sexy thighs and calves.
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    Jun 19, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    rwking saidAnd by "lower body" you of course mean.... ;) hahaha

    No, I totally agree. There's a dude at my gym with an amazing upper body. I'm talking pecs and arms you would drool over. After he pumps iron for a while, he gets on the cross-trainer, and his skinny white legs show in all their glory. haha He looks like a marine, he should have marine legs. It's just disproportionate, ya know?


    I agree. It looks kind of hot in the right pose on Fotos, but thats it.
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    Jun 19, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    My gym is full of scrawny 16 year olds criticizing others for not working out their legs. I've had several walk up to me and say

    "dude you look awesome but you should work your legs if you want to get really strong"


    At the end of the day it's a personal choice how to work out. It shouldn't bother you what anyone else in the gym is doing.

    For the reference I do. My gym trainer refused to train clients who didn't work their lower half icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 19, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    They're just interested in vanity muscles.

    Another area to look at is the back. A weak back is a dead give away that someone is just there for vanity.

    Meh - me, I'm there to get stronger for when I race so I have to work everything.
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    Jun 19, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    AMT87 saidMy gym trainer refused to train clients who didn't work their lower half icon_rolleyes.gif


    If I was personal trainer I would do the same thing. The point of trainning a person is get them to be in the best shape and health possible, so even if the client is there purely for the sake of vanity, the personal trainner still has a job to do. If I was a personal trainner I wouldn't train someone that didn't want to take care of their overall health and body.
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    Jun 19, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Kharlo109 said[quote][cite]AMT87 said[/cite]My gym trainer refused to train clients who didn't work their lower half icon_rolleyes.gif


    If I was personal trainer I would do the same thing. The point of trainning a person is get them to be in the best shape and health possible, so even if the client is there purely for the sake of vanity, the personal trainner still has a job to do. If I was a personal trainner I wouldn't train someone that didn't want to take care of their overall health and body.[/quote]

    AMEN! If I was a personal trainer I would make people show me what they eat as well. I always think its funny when i meet people who work out with a trainer, and they still spend all weekend smoking and drinking and eating at mcdonalds like they are going to all the sudden just lose weight without changing their lifestyles at all.
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    Jun 19, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    Once you see someone like that you should give them a phone number for a calf implant or something lol....I can't believe people do that.
  • TexanMan82

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    Jun 19, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    Yeah it really does look funny when a guy has a big upper body, but has measly little legs. In fact, it's kind of a turn off. A guy with nice, strong legs looks so much more athletic and fit.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    I have a big upper body. My thighs are good size, but from the knees down...im built like a woman. I cant do anything about it. I have my fathers legs. I have been working on my legs just as long as my upper body and it will not get any better than it is now.

    The only time my calves looked muscular was after my calves popped on me during a 1/2 marathon. They were sore for 4 days but my calves were plump and solid. I should have taken pictures.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    I love leg workouts! Major "great workout" rush afterwards!
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    I was LUCKY enough to be given legs from the heaven's!! Now, if I can just get the rest of my bod there, we'll be good to go!
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    I was lucky, I have big calves naturally. Scottish Highlander blood or something. All the men in my family have them. Guys in the gym ask me about my secret. I say, "I was born."

    But my thighs are a bit chunky, so I try to work my legs a bit, and I walk a lot.

    Now, upper body ... that's a challenge. I bug guys on here all the time about it. Some awful nice physiques on here, guys over 40.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    jjdayz said[quote][cite]Kharlo109 said[/cite][quote][cite]AMT87 said[/cite]My gym trainer refused to train clients who didn't work their lower half icon_rolleyes.gif


    If I was personal trainer I would do the same thing. The point of trainning a person is get them to be in the best shape and health possible, so even if the client is there purely for the sake of vanity, the personal trainner still has a job to do. If I was a personal trainner I wouldn't train someone that didn't want to take care of their overall health and body.[/quote]

    AMEN! If I was a personal trainer I would make people show me what they eat as well. I always think its funny when i meet people who work out with a trainer, and they still spend all weekend smoking and drinking and eating at mcdonalds like they are going to all the sudden just lose weight without changing their lifestyles at all.[/quote]



    Yeah he did, I wrote him a list of what I ate once, turns out I eat a .,lot of crap. He was a really good trainer, I have yet to find anyone half as good in this country where most personal trainers don't know a thing.

    He also pinched my waist when he first met me. I was tipping the scales at 145lb and getting harassed from my parents who thought I was far too thin.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    Calves, in particular, can be hard to develop into any size. My PT, who doesnt look out of proportion at all, still says he has trouble developing size in his calves. They are strong as hell, but just wont show it in volume, according to him.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    I love muscular legs. My bf has a built upper body, but I love having his beefy legs wrapped around me.

    Lower body development is easier for me then upper body, I've always had thick calves.
  • calipally

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    Jun 19, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    A lot of guys forego legs because it's a tough workout. I find that many guys who aren't athletic do upper body workouts mostly for the aesthetics. They figure they aren't really gonna be taking their pants off in public as opposed to their shirt...

    I think keeping the size of my calves as close as possible to the size of my biceps looks proportionate, although I can't get 18" calves no matter what I do, but they're close. My quads are big because my chest is big...Again, proportionate.

    To each his own, though.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    Stas saidOnce you see someone like that you should give them a phone number for a calf implant or something lol....I can't believe people do that.


    Not everyone is graced with large calf muscles. I admit, I have chicken legs (the BF can attest to that), but he can also attest that I do work out the lower portion of my body. My genetics will NEVER give me rounded out calf muscles...they'll only become more defined.
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    I feel like I have the exact opposite problem. icon_redface.gif My legs are formidable to say the least - my upper body, yea not so much icon_cry.gif

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    Jun 19, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    DAMN I thought the POLIO look was in. Guess I missed teh Memo LOL
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    truth is most people don't know what they're doing in the gym.
    people have no idea about acute variables and such,
    only working the saggital plane...
    ignoring the frontal and transverse planes.

    most men jump right into strength training without completing stabilization and endurance phases.
    focusing on chest, arms and abs ..thus the chicken legs with no back ..lol