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    Proportioning long legs & arms + short torso

    So about 8 months ago I began lifting more seriously, following the standard push pull legs program. I've been making a decent amount of progress (+ ~9 pounds of muscle), and have hit a plateau recently which I attribute to a lack of calories

    I am also working on trying to proportion out my obscenely long legs and arms to my shorter torso. What muscles should I really focus on hitting to create the illusion of a longer torso?

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    Do what I did. Get short legs to go with your short torso.

    Seriously, those are some short shorts. Not short like back in the day but short for you.
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    Do what I did. Get short legs to go with your short torso.

    Seriously, those are some short shorts. Not short like back in the day but short for you.
    Yeahh... any longer than that and my legs begin to look like tree-branches
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    Originally Posted by lifterJai View Post
    Yeahh... any longer than that and my legs begin to look like tree-branches

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    Buy low-rise clothes and wear the waist of your shorts/pants/jeans lower on your body. And put on a shirt so people can't see where your belly button is relative to the positioning of your clothes.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Buy low-rise clothes and wear the waist of your shorts/pants/jeans lower on your body. And put on a shirt so people can't see where your belly button is relative to the positioning of your clothes.
    This is what I do. I wear my pants much lower than my belly button. 4 inches below the belly button you got what you got man. Work with it.

    Always has issues keeping pants up due to this but recently bought elastic belt and that plus squatting (bigger glutes) helped big time. Before that always has plumbers crack showing

    Most people don’t notice the proportion man. And if they do, I don’t give a ****

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    Originally Posted by lifterJai View Post
    So about 8 months ago I began lifting more seriously, following the standard push pull legs program. I've been making a decent amount of progress (+ ~9 pounds of muscle), and have hit a plateau recently which I attribute to a lack of calories

    I am also working on trying to proportion out my obscenely long legs and arms to my shorter torso. What muscles should I really focus on hitting to create the illusion of a longer torso?

    (I attached an image of my current physique below)
    Your plateau maY be form related also. I recently started taking videos of my sets. Mind blown.
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    I have the same 'problem' - I'm 6'1" and will often find myself eye-to-eye when sitting down with people as short as 5'7". Long arms too - 6'5" arm span and my shoulders aren't particularly broad.

    With regards to aesthics, it has never bothered me (or my wife, who is the only other person whose opinion matters).

    Sure makes squatting and bench pressing a challenge though! I seem to have decent hypertrophy gains from both lifts, but my numbers are pathetically low.

    To answer your question, an overall increase in muscle mass will make you look more proportional. Thicker limbs will look less long.
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    Bench - 7 x 60kg (132lb), 16 x 50kg (110lb)
    Bent-over row - 8 x 62.5kg (138lb)
    Pendlay row - 9 x 45kg (99lb)
    Front squat - 5 x 60kg (132lb), 8 x 57.5kg (127lb)
    Back squat - 5 x 67.5kg (149lb)
    RDL - 9 x 85kg (187lb), 11 x 82.5kg (182lb)
    Deadlift - 6 x 92.5kg (204lb), 8 x 90kg (198lb)
    Overhead Press - 6 x 40kg (88lb)
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    Long AF limbs with shorter torso crew checking in... Use your genetic advantage of long limbs to build a strong Deadlift and accept that you may never get a 3 plate bench or have a huge squat for the same reasons.

    Thick legs will probably look less long lol. I dunno...
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