In addition to possessing different body types, our frames vary as well. In bodybuilding, a narrow waist and wide shoulders are referred to as a classic V-frame, and are very desirable. Being born with a genetically wide waist is something that curses bodybuilders of all body types mentioned above. Here are some tips to training back while reducing waist width.
Avoid deadliftsIt’s a well-known fact that deadlifts are among the most useful exercises known to man in terms of adding muscle mass to the back, as well as the entire body. They are known as a ‘core’ movement, in that they train the center of gravity of your body – the hips, thighs, hamstrings, back, and abdominals. This is great if your goal is functional strength. Lineman and track athletes should always include deadlifts in their routine for a thick physical core, as well as overall power and balance. If you’re a bodybuilder, however, you need to be aware of the fact that the movement does lead to a very quick thickening of the oblique muscles.
These side abdominals, when fully developed, can take away form the overall appearance of a “V” shape, making the waist wider and shoulders appear more narrow. For this reason, many top bodybuilders don’t use deadlifts at all. If you’re looking to gain overall muscle mass, use deadlifts. If you have a genetically wide waist and narrow shoulders, you may want to consider avoiding them.