i've been working out for a couple of years. when i flex or tense my muscles it shows that i've got a bit of size, however when i just relax theres little evidence that i work out. what about these guys that look all buff even in relaxed position, are they really just constantly flexing to make themselves look bigger or do i just have weird muscles that only show when i flex?
It depends...how much weight have you put on? Are you using the BIG exercises? How much have you progressed with your squats and deadlifts?
Im the same way to man, dont worry. It comes with time. What routine have you been doing and what is your diet like?
short term goal: 200
Long term goal: Lean 225
Usually when someone only looks big when they're flexing they don't actually have a lot of muscle mass. I have read a few times Tom is the same size flexed vs unflexed.
It has to do with the different muscle fibers. I dont have nearly enough experience to comment on this but there was a topic about it not too long ago. I remember people saying that most powerlifters look big all the time while bodybuilders need to get pumped to have their size.
If i have some more time, ill have a look and see if i can find it.
It also has to do with the kind of size that the BIG lifts put on. You can tell a guy that has built a good foundation with the basic lifts...they don't disapear when they put a shirt on.
don't quote me on this, but i believe that training for 8-12 reps (primarily hypertrophy) works some sort of different fiber in your muscles than training with 3-5 reps (primarily strength).. this might be why it's easier to see the most muscle growth when you flex if you do 8-12 reps.
It does have to do with a certain muscle fiber recruitment. As long as you can push big numbers who cares. You have an advantage. People think I'm skinny weighing in at 185 at 61 but being able to push big numbers
Last edited by SkyeD; 11-17-2009 at 10:04 PM.