5 Simple Hacks to Look Bigger and More Muscular

Quick tips to look different.

Check out 5 simple hacks to look bigger and more muscular. And fast.

Let us describe something and you tell yourself if this is the case. You go to the gym, day in and day out, regularly, for months on end. You work your ass off, get sweaty. But still, nobody can tell that you do workouts every day because of the way you look.

If that is your case, you’ve landed on the right page. In the paragraphs below, we use coach Alain Gonzalez’s expertise and knowledge to dive deep into a few proven ways to look bigger and more muscular.

Coach Alain Gonzalez is an author, personal trainer and YouTuber with over 800K subscribers. He often uploads videos of fitness workouts, tips, training tricks and more, all related to making the most out of your time when working out.

Keep scrolling to change the way you look with these simple life hacks.

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5 Simple Hacks to Look Bigger and More Muscular

Building a top physique with defined muscles, visible abs and a low body fat percentage can take a lifetime to achieve. But the following 5 tricks will help you get there as fast as possible.

Tip #1: Build Bigger Shoulders

The first tip to look bigger and more muscular is to focus on the right muscles to target. Broad shoulders are the foundation of a strong physique. “Focusing on building broader shoulders makes a much larger visual impact.”

For bigger and rounder delts, the muscles on your shoulders, Gonzalez recommends 3 exercises.

Standing shoulder dumbbell press:

According to a study, the standing version of the dumbbell press produces the greatest overall shoulder activation.

  1. Setup:
    • Sit or stand with a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height, palms facing forward.
    • Ensure your feet are shoulder-width apart for stability.
  2. Execution:
    • Press the dumbbells upward, extending your arms fully without locking your elbows.
    • Keep your core engaged and maintain a neutral spine throughout the movement.
    • Exhale as you push the weights overhead.
  3. Descent:
    • Lower the dumbbells back to shoulder level in a controlled manner.
    • Inhale during the descent.
  4. Form Tips:
    • Avoid arching your back or leaning excessively. Keep the movement controlled and within your comfortable range of motion.
    • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows to reduce stress on the joints.
    • Focus on engaging your shoulder muscles throughout the exercise.

Dumbbell lateral raise:

Do this exercise with the thumb slightly pointing down, as is the best for middle delt activation.

  1. Setup:
    • Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, arms by your sides, and palms facing your body.
    • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows for joint safety.
  2. Execution:
    • Keeping your back straight, lift both arms straight out to the sides until they reach shoulder height.
    • Focus on leading the movement with your elbows rather than your hands.
  3. Top Position:
    • Hold the raised position for a brief moment, emphasizing the contraction in your lateral (side) deltoid muscles.
  4. Descent:
    • Lower the dumbbells back down in a controlled manner, resisting the pull of gravity.
    • Avoid swinging or using momentum to lift the weights.
  5. Form Tips:
    • Maintain a neutral spine and engage your core throughout the exercise.
    • Use a controlled and deliberate motion to isolate the lateral deltoids.
    • Ensure your wrists are in a neutral position to prevent unnecessary strain.

Machine Reverse Flyes:

Although a study concluded that having the palms facing forward is best for muscle activation, choose a grip that is most comfortable for you.

  1. Setup:
    • Adjust the machine settings to align the handles with your chest level.
    • Sit facing the machine with your chest against the pad and grasp the handles with a neutral grip (palms facing each other).
    • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows.
  2. Execution:
    • Exhale as you squeeze your shoulder blades together, pulling the handles outward and backwards.
    • Focus on using your rear deltoids and upper back muscles to initiate the movement.
  3. Top Position:
    • Pause at the fully contracted position, feeling the contraction in your rear deltoids and upper back.
  4. Descent:
    • In a controlled manner, return the handles to the starting position, allowing your arms to stretch forward.
  5. Form Tips:
    • Keep your chest against the pad throughout the exercise to maintain stability.
    • Avoid using excessive momentum or swinging; the movement should be controlled.
    • Focus on the mind-muscle connection, feeling the contraction in your rear delts and upper back.

Tip #2: Train Like a Bodybuilder

You should know there are differences in training for strength and for size, and here we want to focus on training for size or hypertrophy. For that, your best bet is to train like a bodybuilder.

Stay in the 6-15 rep range for most of your sets. Have a smaller portion of your workouts dedicated to heavier sets in the 1-6 rep range and lighter sets in the 15-25 reps.

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Tip #3: Get Lean, Not Shredded

While getting shredded can make your muscles pop up more, it might also make you look skinny and flat.

Coach Alain Gonzalez recommends to stay within the 10-15 body fat percentage range. “Go any higher and you will likely appear looking less muscular due to lack of muscle definition. Too much leaner, on the other hand, you will end up weak and deflated.”

If you want to look leaner, it’s fine, but with a bit of a higher body fat percentage, you will appear to look more muscular, fuller, but it will also help support your performance in the gym to keep lifting heavy weights.

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Tip #4: Carb Up

Losing body fat to get lean requires you to be in a caloric deficit. Eating fewer calories typically means consuming less carbs. If you are doing that right now and training hard, you will deplete your glycogen levels and look deflated.

Incorporate high-carb days to look bigger for the next few days and maintain strength during a fat-loss phase. You can do that by increasing your daily intake once or twice a week to maintenance and get those extra calories from carb sources.

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Tip #5: Get a Pump

This will make you look bigger almost instantly. Getting a pump means you will draw as much blood as possible to the targeted muscle you are working at the moment.

The best way to do this is with high-rep training, preferably with at least 15 reps with lighter loads.

One thing you can do to quickly look bigger is to perform a set of push-ups to failure and then dumbbell lateral raises for 15-20 reps.

For more information, you can check out the video below.

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