People come in all shapes and sizes. You want to make the most of what you have. I am puzzled that you say, "I've been working out for years with little results." What results are you looking for?
I have naturally broad shoulders and narrow hips. Of course, when I was 275 pounds, my belly and spare tire hid my tapered shape!
I played college football. I also ran the 800M on the track team. I was lightning fast and had bone-crushing strength. I worked hard to be a competitive athlete. However, without favorable genetics all my hard work would have been for naught. My dad and grandfather were great college football players. My mom was an outstanding competitive swimmer. Three of my children played college football. My other 2 children were elite college runners. (BTW - Athletes are not better, or cooler than anybody else! Everybody has special talents.)
Is there a downside? Yup! I have a relatively long torso and short legs. I have all fast twitch muscles. I have been trying to train for amateur 5k and 10k races. My genetic makeup fights me in endurance activities. I run too fast and burn out. I have been struggling to build endurance.
You have an average physique? Lucky you! There are things you can do to make you appear to have broader shoulders. Working your deltoid muscles can help. I agree that a personal trainer could help you achieve your goals. But you need to be realistic. No matter how I try, I will never have longer legs or a shorter torso!
Edited by: SPEEDYDOG at: 8/15/2009 (08:52)