Enhancing the V- taper for added aesthetics- A surgical method of approach.
The delt to waist measurement with increased dimensions of the former in relation to the latter is a useful starting point in any analysis in determining the aesthetic look of a physique. In fact it is safe to argue that the rise of the aesthetic movement has been the by-product of the undue emphasis extreme muscularity for its own sake has received, in contests in recent times at the very top level of competition, when deciding many of bodybuilding’s top contests. However, this vexed issue is best left for a future symposium discussion, let’s talk training and not politics)!!!
Every athlete craves a good set of wide shoulders, in fact the wider the better. I am yet to hear any athlete, male or female, declare that their shoulders are wide enough and de-emphasise delt training.
Identifying the v-taper complex in the most rudimentary form will include the 3 delt heads (front, side and rear), together with complete upper and lower lat development complemented by a narrow waist. The v-taper is most discernable in front compulsory poses as well as those performed when the command is given to turn with your backs to the judges.
Admittedly you have to work within the framework of your genetic endowment and make the very best of what you have to increase your chances of being noticed in a line-up and possibly doing well.
Objective- To develop and improve the v-taper (workout 1)
Apparatus- 3 pairs of dumbells for progressive overload and eventual burnout drop set. Lat pull-down machine and /or chinning bar.
Method- Perform 3 working sets of no less than 15 reps (warmups excluded) increasing your poundage with each set. This should be followed immediately with lat pulldowns in a similar fashion. *** The body positioning for the lat pulldown exercise must be 180 degrees to encourage maximum stress especially to the upper lats. The next 3 sets will be one delt drop set and 1 lat pulldown drop set.
End the workout with 3 further seated dumbbell presses aiming for 12-15 reps to hit the entire delt complex and DO NOT FORGET TO STRETCH THE LATS AFTER EACH SUPERSET!
Rationale- Prioritisation here is the key. Go first for the key exercises that impinge directly on what you are trying to achieve- side raises (delt width) ,lat pulldowns/chins for back width. Please note that this workout is not mutually exclusive, it should form a part of a whole series of tactics towards an all embracing strategy.
Philosophical ideal- All around us in nature we see the interplay of the forces of diversity and adaptation at work. You should derive lessons from these though one must impose a caveat and opine that some things in nature and life remain constant. In bodybuilding we do admittedly have “givens” which should not be ignored. Having said that, your ability to be eclectic , and show some flexibility in refining and adapting wherever necessary and whenever possible will give you the required mindset to meet specific physique challenges. I know from experience that slavish adherence to dogma will leave you enslaved by the same syndrome and damaged by it.
Finally I cannot over-emphasise the importance of proper form for the ultimate purpose of stressing a muscle to provoke an adaptive response. Train your muscles and not your ego. Egos are not judged on stage, physiques are. Don’t let your ego lure you into a false sense of misplaced optimism and false security because mental challenges on average are much more difficult to overcome than physical ones.
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