Athlete/Celebrity Workouts

Rich Gaspari's Classic Physique V-Taper Workout

IFBB Legend Rich Gaspari and current competitor Robert Timms run down the right moves to build the Classic Physique illusion.

Robert Timms_Gaspari Classic Physique
Duration 40 min.
Exercises 8
Equipment Yes

Now that you know how that coveted V-taper physique should look, it’s time to start building one of your own. To help you achieve this body-sculpting goal, Rich Gaspari and Robert Timms will take you through an array of exercises that train both the back and the shoulders to create your Classic Physique.

This workout will accentuate that wide look up top with a small waist. “To do that you’ve got to build an illusion. You’re going to work on exercises that will build the back and shoulders,” says Gaspari.

“When building the classic physique, what’s really important is that you build those deltoids to make yourself as wide as possible. Back in the golden era I used to say, ‘build your shoulders so wide you can’t fit through a barn door’.”


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Classic Physique Back

Exercise 1

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine, Bench, Lat Pulldown Bar How to
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4 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 2

Dumbbell Bent-Over Row
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4 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 3

Landmine Bent-Over Row
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4 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 4

Standing Lat Cable Pushdown
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4 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest

Classic Physique Shoulders

Exercise 1

Arnold Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
10* reps
60 sec rest
*Perform seated

Exercise 2

Lying Side Lateral Raise
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4 sets
12* reps
60 sec rest
*Each side

Exercise 3

Lateral Raise
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4 sets
12* reps
60 sec rest
*Perform standing

Exercise 4

Bent-Over Lateral Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest
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