Skinny guy, broader shoulders?

  • DancerJock

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    Nov 13, 2015 3:55 PM GMT
    I've always been lean (6'4", 175), with long limbs, and would like to have broader shoulders. I've had good results building with the "Scrawny to Brawny" book though I would like to see if anyone has advice for skinny guys who want to get bigger across the shoulders. Any success stories out there I can emulate?
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    Nov 13, 2015 4:42 PM GMT
    The guy I'm seeing now is 6'2" and has broad shoulders and he's pretty skinny. He swims a lot (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly), does pullups, and pushups. I'm not tall, but I am skinny and noticed my shoulders started looking a lot broader when I picked up swimming. Hope that helps.

  • DancerJock

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    Nov 13, 2015 5:12 PM GMT
    That's awesome. I used to play Waterpolo for DC, and I'm looking to get back in the pool. Building dune nice shoulders is an added incentive for sure
  • Noeton

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    Nov 14, 2015 2:33 PM GMT
    I would say stretch your chest, shoulders and upper back muscles to make sure they are flexible. You especially don't want your chest muscles pulling your shoulders forward. Lay on your back on a swiss ball, extending your arms to the sides, stretching to touch the ground. Foam roll your back, upper back. Your deltoids will grow along with all your other muscles from lifting weights in a balanced routine. You might see some specific deltoid gains by emphasizing them in your routine, but, overall, they'll probably just grow along with your other muscles. Then there's the factor of bone structure, which gives some naturally broad shoulders and others not, and there's no way to change that. If you work your deltoids hard, be careful -- in my experience they are more prone to injury than just about any other muscles!

    Swimming may be fun and have a lot of benefits, but, in terms of really gaining muscle mass, no, it's not effective in general.
  • DancerJock

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    Nov 14, 2015 3:12 PM GMT
    Thanks Neoton for your excellent advice, especially about how delts can grow along with everything else. I guess I'll sick with my routine as I've been getting good results all over. I do yoga so I'm pretty flexible all over, though in my last session I was thinking I'd like to increase the flexibility of my upper back. Foam roller sounds like a great way to go.

    As you say, bone structure is the limiting factor here. I come from skinny stock, which has plenty of advantages, though broad, tough, stud shoulders is not one of them.

    So I'll take it easy to avoid injury, and just keep working my shoulders along with everything else.