Research, research, research…

That incredible musculature belongs to a gymnast by the name of Yuri van Gelder. His nickname is ‘Lord of the Rings’ because of this:

Not the best picture, but it shows van Gelder doing the ‘Iron Cross’ on the rings. If you watch the video these still images came from, you’ll see that the rings just hang there so the resistance they provide is minimal. And that means that holding that pose, or any of the poses in that family, is down to pure will, training and strength.

To me, the most interesting thing was that the pectoral muscles are not that big. Not like this guy:

I admit the guy in that pic has a better body than most extreme body builders, but what I needed to see were muscles that actually work hard. That’s why I gave up on the body builder pics and went looking for gymnasts.

Oh, you want to know why I’m perving on, I mean researching, muscles? For the Vokh, of course. They’re flyers so the muscles across their chests have to be insanely strong, but I didn’t want them to look like birds:

So now, I have to create flight muscles that are kind of in-between the muscles of a gymnast and those of a bird. I love research. πŸ˜€


About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

12 responses to “Research, research, research…

  • Matthew Wright

    I recall my grandfather, years back, making disparaging comments about body-building and the fact that it didn’t produce strong musculature. He was enormously strong himself – used to get asked to do jobs that nobody else could for that reason – but while he looked fit, he didn’t look bulked-up. In hindsight I believe it’s because the balance between the muscle-fibre types varies genetically. (It varies even more between species, which I gather is why chimps are about four times stronger than an average human yet only half the size – the penalty being fine motor control of that strength).

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    • acflory

      Totally agree! My Dad was a gymnast – actually became champion of Hungary – and he was incredibly strong too. Short, not obviously ‘bulky’, but very strong. I mean…those gymnasts are not only holding their entire body weight on two arms, they’re doing impossible things with that body weight!
      I suspect that extreme body building is an ego thing for men [and some women], or perhaps some kind of compensation. -cough-
      Interesting about the chimps. I had no idea they were that strong, but again swinging through the treetops obviously requires massive upper body strength. Fascinating subject. πŸ™‚


  • Candy+Korman

    I love the detours that are part of your research adventures! Those of us who are old enough to remember that dinosaurs were the ancestors of reptiles, turning into the ancestors of BIRDS, will appreciate this on additional levels.

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  • StephenB

    Meeks, I agree there’s a difference between functional muscles (gymnasts) and showy muscles (bodybuilders). I myself strive for functional fitness rather than muscles just for show. It turns out, IMHO, that if you’re functionally fit, your muscles end up looking pretty good anyway.
    Regarding the muscles of your flying beings, I’ve been thinking along similar lines and have been wondering about fast-twitch versus slow-twitch muscle fibers, light meat versus dark meat, if you will. πŸ¦ƒ

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    • acflory

      Hi Stephen! Hope you had a good Christmas, and yes, very much yes! Aesthetics is always subjective, but I’ve always preferred greyhounds to bulldogs. πŸ˜€
      And thank you for nudging me into another line of research! I hadn’t even thought of fast vs slow twitch muscles. lmao Damn you in the very nicest way!
      Please let me know what you come up with. πŸ™‚

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  • ChrisJamesAuthor

    Research can sometimes be SUCH hard work πŸ˜‰ *hugs*

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  • CarolCooks2 that’s where your research takes you…I’m all for research like that…smile…

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