I have a small frame and am interested in hitting the gym to tone up and gain some muscle and to stay fit in general. My concern is that I am very short (5'4"/5'5"ish) and I don't want it to seem like I am trying to overcompensate for my lack of height by gaining muscle. I don't want to put on a lot of muscle, just an average amount so I don't look too stocky. Will it look like I'm trying to overcompensate? If yes, how can I avoid the stereotype?
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No I see short guys at the gym every so often.
You go to the gym for you, f*** everyone else.
People say actually that it is tougher for a shorter guy to gain muscle with weight training because their range of motion is shorter for their repetitions but that's nothing to worry about.
If you don't want to look like you're "overcompensating" just never mention your muscle gains to people. Only mention the gym if someone asks what you did today and leave it at "Yea I was just workin out today" and don't volunteer anymore information unless they ask. The overcompensating people are the bragging people who keep showing off. Other than that, nothing to worry about with the overcompensating.
Sounds like you're looking to get lean and toned which is no problem. You'd have to really workout at least a year or more to have any worries about the "too big" look.0