Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi
Male Fitness Model Tip #1 – Be willing to sacrifice Strength for Looks
Nobody makes a New Year’s resolution to lose 20 pounds off of their bench press over the next year. But when you’re main focus is to get cut, sometimes you’ll lose a little bit of strength in the process. This being said, do what it takes to achieve your overall goal by putting in extra cardio and eating clean – rather than eating to add bulk. Also, forget about impressing other guys in the gym by lifting heavy when you may need to scale back some instead.
Male Fitness Model Tip #2 – Up your Anaerobic Threshold
At the risk of sounding overly-obvious, I’d like to say that you need to increase your current level of cardio in order to achieve a fitness model physique. However, you don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to go from walking 1 mile daily to running 5 miles a day; instead, you need to steadily increase your anaerobic threshold (AT). Expanding on anaerobic threshold, this refers to your body’s ability to remove lactic acid. Simply put, a higher AT level enables you to work out harder, longer, and recover quicker the next day. Interval training on the treadmill or at an outdoor track is a great way to increase your AT, while there are various other forms of hard exercise that can do the job too.
Male Fitness Model Tip #3 – Strongly consider doing Pilates
The mere mention of this tip might have you rolling your eyes while thinking about the middle-aged, minivan-driving moms who huddle up in posh gyms for Pilates class. Moving past the wimpy stereotype, Pilates is actually a pretty solid workout routine that builds lean muscle, flexibility, and endurance throughout the body. In addition to the obvious physical benefits that Pilates offers, it also relieves stress and helps increase agility. So if you’re truly looking for a new type of exercise that challenges you in unique ways, check out a class sometime. You might even meet some non-middle-aged, mini-driving chicks in the process!
Male Fitness Model Tip #4 – Gradually reduce your Caloric Intake
It goes without saying that a great way to shed a few pounds involves cutting your calories. But do keep in mind that drastically reducing your food intake is by no means a shortcut to getting shredded abs. Sure it might make sense mathematically that, by eating far fewer calories, you’ll lose far more weight. But your body’s metabolic process doesn’t work like a calculator. Instead, it will go into starvation mode when you cut up to 1,000 or more calories out of your daily eating schedule; when this happens, your body stores nearly everything that’s eaten in an effort to maintain homeostasis. Case in point, start with dropping 400-500 calories off your daily diet and go from there.
Male Fitness Model Tip #5: Drink Water….and then drink some more
Sometimes it amazes me how many athletes hit the gym regularly and constantly eat clean, yet forget one very important step in their routine: drinking water. First off, water helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, which, in turn, powers you through tough workouts. Secondly, water plays a huge role in metabolizing all of the protein you eat – or at least should be eating. So rather than opting for sugary juices or soda, be sure to keep water on hand at all times.