Bodybuilding is "The act or practice of exercising, lifting weights, etc., so as to develop the muscles of the body." Your workout routine, diet and supplement regime should reflect what your goals are. If you would like to be a "hardcore competitive bodybuilder" you will have a more strict diet and supplement regime and also dedicate more time and energy to your workout routine.
As you know "hardcore competitive bodybuilders" are few and far between. There are thousands of guys just trying to look good for the girls at the beach or the husband trying to get back in shape for his wife. Most people can't dedicate 1-2 hours at the gym 5-6 times a week and would never eat 6-7 meals a day even if you cooked them. The majority of people are just not interested in living that lifestyle.
I am going to dedicate this article to the bodybuilder looking to improve his physique for the opposite sex. If you ask any woman, 9 times out of 10 she will be more attached to a fitness model than a "hardcore competitive bodybuilder" So if you are looking to impress the ladies read on and I will help you carve that physique into a chick magnet.
There are certain muscle groups that, if developed, attract the opposite sex. These muscle groups will need to be prioritized. I am going to list all the muscle groups and a small description about how or if we will be focusing our training around that area:
Shoulders: Definitely will have to work on these. Especially the medial head AKA middle deltoids to help with the upper body v-taper.
Traps: Will be included but you don't want to over develop as huge traps don't fit well into most nice clothes.
Chest: Definitely will work on the chest to its fullest. Large full chest is a plus for the opposite sex.
Back: Definitely work on the width of the back to increase the upper body V-taper and some thickness work as well but not too much.
Arms: Again another must. Ladies do like to hold on to some big guns.
Forearms: Should be worked as well. Shows strength even with a shirt on.
Abs: A must! Nothing more needs to be said.
Quads and hamstrings: Large development is bad. Large legs can't fit into most nice pants or jeans. As long as you continue with your squats to get a nice butt the rest of your leg will stay strong. Plus you will be doing plenty of sprints to keep them from looking like sticks.
Calves: Want to keep some work in the routine as they are seen with shorts on.
Some hardcore bodybuilders might have lost their minds when I said legs were not important but you need to remember this article is not for you. This article is geared to the average Joe looking to get a killer body for the opposite sex. Now let's get a training routine for you:
- Monday: Chest/Arms/Forearms/ Post-workout perform 15-30 min. of Steady State Cardio*
- Tuesday: HIIT** and Abs
- Wednesday: Back/Shoulders/15-30 min. of Steady State Cardio*
- Thursday: HIIT** and Abs
- Friday: Legs/Arms/Post-workout perform 15-30 min. of Steady State Cardio*
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: Rest
*Steady State Cardio: You are to perform 15-30 minutes of steady state cardio post-workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This can be performed on any machine of your choice. This cardio should be done in a low intensity manner.
High Intensity Interval Training:** High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of cardio that can be done on the elliptical, treadmill, stairmaster, bike and outdoors. I want to start you off with 20 seconds of high intensity (such as sprinting at your fastest pace), and rest for 40 seconds (slow walk). Repeat until you do this 10 times. Start with a 5-10 minute warm up and a 5-10 minute cool down. Do not perform this on an empty stomach.
Your Weekly Routine
Now, you have all your workouts set up for you to help build the perfect body, it's time to talk about nutrition which goes hand-and-hand with working out.
Ladies are looking for a guy who is both muscular and lean, so our diet is going to reflect this. I am going to set up a diet below for a 180 lb male at a slight calorie deficit. This will help anyone that is overweight lose body-fat and maintain all their muscle mass. If you are on the leaner/skinnier side increase portions slightly so you are taking in enough calories to build more muscle. I will be keeping protein high, carbohydrates relatively low but will include them around weight workouts and breakfast. I will also include enough health fats to keep hunger at bay.
You will have 3 whole food meals and 2 shakes a day. This way you are getting enough calories spread throughout the day but you don't need to slave over the kitchen and make 5-6 meals a day. The shakes are convenient and will make the dieting process a lot easier.
To look good will take some hard work and a little sacrifice, but you can do it. I set you up some simple yet effective guidelines to help you reach your goals of a healthier, fit, chick magnet so now use the info that I gave you and reap the benefits.
As always if you have any questions regarding anything discussed above drop me an email, I am glad to help out. Email: AlexBigStew@gmail.com