Contest History: Andy’s first
contest was the Northern Kentucky
in 1990, in which he placed fourth in
the lightweight class. That’s where I
first met Roger, Andy recalls. Also that
year, he got second in the Kentucky and
won an AAU contest that he thinks was
named the Mountain Heritage (or something
like that). He took off competing
until the year 2000 where he won his class
in the Novice and second in the overall at
the Northern Kentucky, third in the Kentucky
Novice and second in the Monster Mash. In
2004 he has won a third in the Natural Northern
and open and novice class wins at the
Step into any menswear shop and you will find racks
of expensive suits which can be custom-tailored to
give professionals that extra edge in their battle for
personal success. These expensive tapered power
suits, are designed to give business associates the
impression that you exemplify the zenith of the
modern civilized man a polished man of influence,
power and ability.
But, if your V-taper is gone once your sports
coat is draped over a chair, whatever dominance you
once held quickly evaporates. A muscular physique,
emphasizing upper body width, gives an advantage
that will not disappear once your clothes get
dropped off at the dry cleaner.
Developing an impressive taper is all a matter
of knowing which areas of your body to emphasize
and the exercises needed to make it happen.
Since Andy Fausz has a truly exceptional V-taper, I
followed him to the gym to learn exactly how he
trains to emphasize his shoulder-to-waist differential.
Andy feels that to maximize your V-taper you must:
1) Fully develop ALL THREE heads of the deltoid
muscle group. 2) Build a Daily Supplement Routine back, particularly
the outer latissimus muscles but don’t neglect the
muscles of the mid-back. 3) Keep a small, tight midsection.
(Love handles destroy tapers).
Traditional thought dictates that one must merely
perform multiple sets of Lateral Raises to build wide
shoulders. To really build big, wide cappy deltoids,
one should work all three deltoid heads hard. While
it is important to prioritize the medial head, posterior
(rear) delt development is also vital. According
to Andy, well-developed rear delts create a look of
width from behind and push the medial delts further
out. Without good development in all three delt
heads, one can never achieve maximum width.
In all of his workouts, Andy works at a fast
pace, warming-up thoroughly, then performing usually
four heavy work sets. With Seated Dumbbell
Presses, he pyramids up in weight while decreasing
his reps. He lowers the weight all the way until the
inside of the ‘bells touch his lower delt /upper arm’.
As in most exercises, he goes by feel. After three progressively
sets, he will either go
for a heavy set (up to
for 4-6 reps on Seated
Presses) or drop back
to his starting weight for
a fi nal exhaustion of the
targeted muscle fi bers.
Lateral Raises are
a classic delt-widener. Andy
advises strict form and a fast
pace. A slight pause at the top
of each rep ensures a growthpromoting
burn that will make
you feel as if molten lava is pumping
through your delts!
Upright rows are another
effective delt-widening movement
when done correctly. Andy uses a
straight bar and makes sure that his
elbows are lifted high at the top of the
movement. He feels that too narrow of
a grip hurts the wrists and elbows, so his
grip is kept at about shoulder-width. While
most lifters pull just to chest height, Andy
tries to pull a bit higher, feeling it gives him
some trapezius stimulation.
Andy’s final delt movement is one
passed on to him by Roger Riedinger. It is a
modifi ed Rear Delt Row. By positioning yourself
sideways on an angled bench, you perform a
blend of Bent Lateral Raises and a rowing movement.
Allow the weight to go low in front of you
at the beginning, with your working shoulder coming
forward. Andy likens the movement to starting
a lawn mower. He acknowledges the exercise is
awkward but fi nd a groove and keep it strict. Andy
likes to go as heavy on these as he possibly can while
maintaining strict form.
Andy definitely feels a well-developed back is the keystone of an exaggerated
V-taper. The key here is to perform back exercises to improve both width AND
thickness. Chins are the main exercise I use to get my lats to pop-out, Andy
says. I may vary the grip, but some type of Chin (mostly wide-grip) is part of
every back workout. Always going on feel, Andy either adds weight (as listed
below) or simply does his sets for higher reps with bodyweight.
Nothing packs meat on the back like Bent over Rows. Andy feels the
heavier you can go on these, the better. He quickly adds, ...heavy but with
good form. This exercise caused my first training injury. I quickly learned not
to bounce on these and to keep a tight arch in my lower back. Good advice
to follow. His back workout will also include other exercises, but these two are
always at the core of his program.
V Taper Back Exercises
Wide Front Chin
Bent over Row
BWT+25 X 12
185 X 12
BWT+35 X 10
225 X 10
BWT+45 X 8
245 X 8-10
BWT+25 X 10
185 X 12
Hard, consistent training and a nutrient-rich Beverly diet keep Andy
Fausz lean and building new muscle tissue. Try some of his training and
supplement secrets and see if you are able to maximize your V-taper so that
you have the same look of athletic power!
Andy’s Daily Supplement Routine
Breakfast: Shake: (½ cup oatmeal, 2 scoops Muscle
Provider, 1 scoop Ultra Size), and 1 Super-Pak.
Six times daily: (At each meal, beginning with breakfast,
six times a day Andy will have:) 6 Ultra 40, 5 Mass
Aminos, 3 Joint Care and 1 Lean Out.
Three times daily: 8 Muscle Synergy on an empty stomach.
First, upon rising, before breakfast; the second time,
mid-day; and the last before bed with three Bev-ZMA.
Twice Daily Shake: (1 ½ scoops Ultra Size, 1 ½
scoops Muscle Provider) Before and During training: 4 scoops Glutamine
Andy’s Weekly Training Split
Monday - Chest
Tuesday - Back
Wednesday – Legs
Thursday – Shoulders
Friday – Arms
While a five days on, two days off routine
might look rigorous, Andy points out that each
of his workouts are only 40–45 minutes in length
at a fast–pace. Since his family is a high priority,
training does not interfere with his involvement
with his kids’ events.