It is possible to make yourself look larger than your actual size. You can do this by focusing on the higher chest, your upper back and your shoulders. Train these specific areas. Doing so will often create the illusion that your waist is smaller then it really is, giving you an appearance of greater upper body girth. Proper warm-up exercises are essential when you are trying to increase your muscle mass. The process of increasing muscle mass subjects your muscles to increased stress, which increases the probability of injury. You can avoid this injury by warming up properly. Always warm up before your lifting with 5 to 10 minutes of light exercise and some lighter than normal sets. When you want to get bulky, focus on big weights, like squats and dead lifts, as well as bench presses. Those are movements that will allow you to achieve fitness more rapidly, and continue to build muscle. These certainly shouldn’t be the only exercises you do, but they are truly essential to muscle building success.