Strength, aesthetics, and overall improvement of quality of life.
That’s what a lot of gym goers are seeking.
The benefits of strength has been explored many times, but I’ll just say that it feels good to stronger.
We are going to talk about aesthetics. This is a complicated subject because everyone has these perceptions:
- What do I think about my body?
- What do I think that other people think about my body?
- What do people actually think about my body?
What are the characteristics of an aesthetic physique?
It’s well known that men would prefer to have greater mass overall, whereas women say they would rather be attracted to a man with a slimmer more athletic physique. My overarching theme here is that first and foremost you should lift weights for whatever reasons you want to, and pursue goals relentlessly.
This, however, is a topic about aesthetics, so if you are interested read on.
Aesthetic physiques typically:
- Fit, athletic, good muscle tone
- Balanced, symmetrical
- Move with ease, flexible yet strong, poise of a Greek God.
- Healthy skin tone (from fruits/vegetables and sun exposure)
- Look as if they are able to perform functionally (mass monsters need not apply)
So it seems like aesthetics are the underlying factors of physical attractiveness. It’s about looks, yet it’s about what it looks like that aesthetic person is capable of. It’s about what it looks like that person has in terms of personality traits and confidence.
If you had the body of a Greek God, wouldn’t you find confidence in those accomplishments.
How to Train for Aesthetics
Now I could tell you to squat, deadlift, and bench press and then see what happens. Some people will turn out great, while others will have obvious weak points that detract from their physique. In other words, everyone is built differently and requires unique modifications to their training based on limb length, torso size, prior injuries, etc.
And yet, I will still tell you to Deadlift, Squat, and Bench Press because this will help to build AND measure your overall strength. Some people hardly deadlift, except to see where their strength levels are at.
The major lifts are the foundation, then from there on all you have to do is hit the muscles from different angles and rep ranges. WITH INTENSITY.
Beast mode should definitely be activated during those crucial moments.
Natural vs unnatural
For people who choose to not use steroids/AAS, the gains will come differently and the training will be different as well. Just don’t expect to look big and shredded like the people in the magazines unless you’re willing to use the same chemicals they do.
Overall, I’d say that general population appreciates a natural physique in terms of aesthetics. There is more value to the strength because it is unassisted.
Eat clean, train hard, and sleep well.
Then do it consistently.