Pulling exercises such as the lat pulldown (above) help our shoulders look broader and waste look thinner.
Quick note: Needed 25 comments on the last blog to get you guys the 10-Minute Abs-Shredding workout. Didn’t quite get there, I’ll give it another shot in a week or so. Thanks for all the comments!
The ideal body for a guy looks something like a “V“, or better yet an “X” if you count the lower body as well.
Each “letter” starts out broad, which would be the shoulders, then tapers down through thick and muscular lat and chest muscles into a relatively thin waste. From the waste the body tapers out again to muscular and athletic-looking quads, and decent enough calves.
Here are a number of tips that’ll help you build this “ideal” physique.
Finding dress shirts, suits, even polo’s, jeans, and slacks that fit how they’re actually supposed to is nearly impossible.
I have NEVER found a dress shirt that fits properly and odds are you’re in the same boat. Dress shirts are usually fit for the bodies of the “average man”, which in North America often means a smaller neck and a bigger belly, or the toothpick look – which I used to have so please know I’m not hating by any means.
Both my neck and chest measure larger than the average guy that shares my same waste measurements. So when I try on a dress shirt that fits my neck, the chest is normally a bit tight and the waste is too big, making the shirt puff out when I tuck it in; which leaves me with the dreaded muffin top look.
Hey guys here’s another quick routine for single limb training.
I’ve had imbalances in my shoulders and back muscles primarily due to sports (basketball and boxing) where you’re in an angled stance with your dominant hand in front or at the back of the stance for the majority of the time – ie. orthodox stance in boxing and right shoulder forward when shooting a basketball.
The constant repetition of either sport left me with a few muscular imbalances that weren’t a huge issue, but definitely something I wanted to correct. I began implementing single limb training into my workouts when I was still fighting. The first exercise in the video was a great addition to my training and definitely helped in the power department.
My primary goal was to improve my athleticism and performance, but I still wanted to build lean, athletic and attractive muscle to my skinny frame. Single limb training was a great alternative to what I had previously been doing. Even adding an exercise or two of single limb training into a routine helped with both of my goals.
To try the workout from the first video on single limb training (shoulders) ——–> CLICK HERE
I was going to do an article highlighting the benefits of stretching, but thought I’d bring back a series I was doing a couple weeks ago, which is actually one of the benefits I came up with when I was brainstorming for the original article.
So how exactly is stretching going to help us build our ideal body, or a body that is attractive to the opposite sex?
Stretching as it Relates to a Better Looking Body
Stretching helps with improving posture especially if you’re building muscle, and ladies like guys with good posture. I was surprised to hear many of the girls I talked to in preparation for this series list “good posture” as one of the physical characteristics they look for in a man.
Good posture can mean a flatter stomach, a more confident look and stance as well as fewer injuries. Stretching can help bring your shoulders back if they’re too far forward, keep your stance erect which in turn allows you to stand tall with your head high, literally. You see it all the time in the gym, the jacked guy who’s actually very lean but for some reason his stomach sticks out like he has a gut which can either be a result of steroid use, or tightness in his gluts, hamstrings and hip flexors.
I had to give soccer or football some love for this, the final article in the series. Here’s Francesco Totti, the “Prince” of Italian football.
I’ll go right ahead and say it, your legs – including your glutes – are the most important muscles when developing an athletic, muscular and lean body that women will find attractive.
Lets start with pure looks. Training your lower body with effective, heavy exercises like squats and deadlifts release Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Testosterone – two hormones you need on your side whether you’re burning fat or building muscle. So when you train your lower body, you’re not just going to see benefits in your lower body, but throughout your entire body.
These hormones speed up recovery, fat loss and muscle production. I’ve talked about it in length in various other articles on this site, but I think it’s so important to continually mention.
Now let’s get into functionality. You won’t be much of an athlete if you have no power, speed, quickness, strength, or endurance in your lower body. A strong, powerful, athletic slower body is a benefit in any sport, from boxing to basketball, even table tennis and golf. If you want to have a body than not only looks good but performsgreat, then start working on your legs. Read the rest of this entry »
Roy Jones Jr. was pretty cut up in his prime. Actually still is, he just can’t fight like he used to.
Ladies enjoy seeing a good set of abs, I think that’s a no brainer. Having a lean mid-section makes that “X” or “V” shaped physique complete. You can have a muscular and athletic upper and lower body, but without a lean mid section you’re just going to look muscular.
There’s nothing wrong with being a jacked, thick dude, but it’s not the ideal body in most women’s minds – which is the focus of this article series.
The problem is that or a lot of us, getting a six pack is a pretty hard thing to do; large in part because of the fact that getting rid of that last bit of fat around the mid section has as much to do with diet as it does with training.
When your focus turns to getting lean and ripped, the first thing you’re going to have to change is your diet. You have to burn more calories than you’re consuming. You can be lean and muscular and not eat at a caloric deficit, I’ve done it for a while now, but to bring your body to that next step, burning more calories than you consume is going to help big time. Read the rest of this entry »