John Grimek, father of bodybuilding, used to write for decades for the fitness and bodybuilding industry. The following piece of training advice was taken from John Grimek’s column “Your Training Problems”. Fans would send letters with questions to Grimek and he answered. And when Grimek speaks we have to listen! – Mr. Berg
Question: “I would like to know what kind of training and exercises I should do to get my veins to show? My skin is rather thick and I look fat even though I train very regular. Also, is there a good exercise to reduce the buttocks?”
John Grimek’s answer:” Most people try to find a way to make their veins less conspicuous instead of trying to make them more prominent. I can appreciate your concern, however. But I don’t think that just by bringing your veins into greater prominence you will eliminate your soft, pudgy look. Instead you should after your training schedule and concentrate on increasing your repetitions and exercises to that much of this adiposity that now overlays the muscles will be eliminated.
This will then give you muscularity and with greater vascularity. Vascularity also depends on the thickness of your skin and how deep seated your veins are.
People with thin skin almost always have veins nearer the surface, and this makes them very prominent and bulge whenever they exert themselves. On thicker skinned people the veins are covered by a layer of adipose tissue plus the thickness of the skin, and are often deeper seated. So getting, the veins to show under those conditions is more difficult. I suggest that you train harder and let the veins take care of themselves.
As for your buttocks, you will find that after you follow an overall training program and train harder than you’re doing at present, big physical changes will take place.
However, the buttocks can be reduced by using the stiff leg deadlift in high repetitions, 15 to 25 at first, and later working up to 50 after the muscles have been conditioned. Full squats also are helpful in firming the hips and buttocks. All forms of leg raises are very good, both in the lying and standing positions. Raising one leg at a time backwards while standing works the buttocks strongly. Also, while lying in a prone position arch your body so the weight of your body is supported on the abdomen and hips.
This is another exercise that can help reduce your buttocks through strong contractions.”
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