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Good morning, abs; “V” taper; I’m in a great mood!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 by  
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After I do my morning weigh-in, I always check my physique in the mirror. I love how lean I look first thing in the morning before I’ve had any food; I wish I could look that lean all day! This morning all six of my abs were showing very clearly and, best of all, I noticed that my “V” taper has improved considerably. My lats and chest are broader than ever and, while I have fairly wide hips, they are looking smaller each day as my body fat burns away.

While I’m happy about the progress I’ve made in reducing the apparent size of my big ol’ hips by increasing my upper body’s thickness (take that, genetics!), I still have a long way to go before I’ll be satisfied with my hip-to-chest ratio. right now my chest is just shy of 44 inches, but it really needs to be around 50 inches in order to obtain the dramatic “V” taper look I’m after. Of course my chest measurement (as measured at the nipple level) is not just a chest measurement: it’s also lats and back. I think that within in a year or two I can hit that 50 inch mark. One of the best ways to improve upper body width is to do effective lat exercises. I say “effective” because a lot of people do lat pull-downs, wide-grip pull-ups and other back exercises, but they use way too much bicep to perform the exercise. I discussed latissimus dorsi training in my March 8, 2006 Daily News Update.

Man, I am in a fantastic mood this morning! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, the gardens are growing, I feel strong and healthy and it feels awesome to slowly see my “summer” body emerge after all the hard work I put in this past winter. Years ago I thought drugs provided the best high, but no drug can compare to how I feel on mornings like this one. It’s going to be a great day!

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