Want to look like you stepped out of the pages of a fashion mag? Then you need to rethink your workout regimen and focus on the muscles that really matter. By Adam M. Johnson
It comes to no surprise that there is a growing movement away from the bodybuilding mentality. Many people would much rather have slim and fit bodies that resemble famous movie actors and models over massive bodybuilders. The desire to have the male model look will not only help them look good in a suit, but on the beach as well. Over sized gym rats simply can’t do that. So what is it about male models that seem to personify the “Hollywood Look?” What does a model’s workout routine consist of that most programs don’t?
Strategic Muscle Building To Create The Desired Look
Take a moment and evaluate the features of the average male model. They have a decent amount of muscle mass but with very low body fat levels. Their muscles also look like they are constantly in a flexed state, which is commonly known as muscle density. I guarantee that 95% of gym goers work out and harder and longer than they do, but don’t even come close to their visually stunning physiques. Is it from good genetics? Do they have an exceptional trainer? What if they actually have a strategic muscle building program that will sculpt the proper physique? They need to look chiseled at any moment for a photo shoot, so what do they do different than everyone else?
It Is Not A Crime To Skip Out On The “Big 3”
The “Big 3” comes from the foundational exercises that are pumped out of the big bodybuilder magazines and forums. They consist of squats, dead lifts, and bench press. They do a great job of adding mass but will ruin the look of a model. Male models usually have a very slim and toned physique. Having excess mass in the hips, thighs, midsection, and butt will not allow them to model fashionable clothes. Their legs are ripped but they also carry a slim waist. This can be done by skipping squats and dead lift. Tough cardio will sculpt a much leaner lower body without the bulk. Don’t worry you are not committing a “bodybuilding” crime by skipping out on your legs.
Upper Body Muscle Mass To Polish Off The Look
Most of their muscle mass is in the upper body but with a few exceptions. Male models tend to focus on the upper and inner chest muscles because it will sculpt a square and angular chest. This is why I would suggest dropping the traditional bench press and incorporate inclines only. The reasoning behind this is that the lower pecs tend to grow larger and faster than the upper portion. Paying too much attention on lower chest workouts can cause the muscles to sag which can resemble that of women’s breasts. Male models also have arms that have a decent amount of size with wide, ripped shoulders. Wide shoulders with a tapered waist, creates a “V” in the upper body that every model needs. It is also important to notice that these models do not have large trap muscles. It would be a good idea to skip workouts like shoulder shrugs or upright rows. Having a thick neck and traps will hide wide shoulders and give you more of a rounded look.
We Can’t Forget About The Six Pack
Having a great six pack separates the men from the boys in the modeling industry. It is without a doubt that just about every male fashion model has impressive looking abs. Planks and hanging leg raises are very effective in tightening and toning the midsection without the bulk. Planks are the foundational exercise to achieve a tight six pack while hanging leg raises will polish off the “V” between the pelvis. Even though it is important to work out the abs, it’s crucial to understand that your diet is of upmost importance. People don’t realize that diet is the key ingredient to a lean. Keeping your diet in check “makes it or breaks it” for a strong six pack. As long as there is excess fat around your stomach, definition will be hidden. Models understand this, so their efforts are directed towards keeping a clean diet.
Male fashion models don’t eat like huge bodybuilders, so therefore they are able to keep their body fat levels low all year round. Focusing too much time on ab workouts and not enough on the diet will leave you frustrated with lack of results. You don’t have to eat 6-8 small meals a day. It can be very difficult to keep the calories low in that fashion because people almost always underestimate how much they actually consume. Eating 2-3 meals a day is fine. It is also a good idea to implement fasting 1-2 times a week for both health benefits and extra fat loss benefits.
Achieving A Model Body Isn’t Just For The Rich And Famous
Creating a desired look isn’t as difficult as many people think. The biggest reason is that too many gym goers try to pack on as much muscle as possible no matter where it ends up. Then they wonder why their body looks nothing like a model. Training in this fashion will never create a fashion model body because it isn’t focused around strategic muscle building. Adding muscle in just the right areas of the body while keeping your body fat low will do wonders in overall visual appearance. Now that you understand what a male model’s workout routine consists of, you can determine what areas need work and what doesn’t. Having the flexibility to make tweaks to your body will create the proper model look.
Adam M. Johnson provides the proper tools and tips for men and women who want to achieve a functionally fit body known as the “Hollywood Look.” Download free reports and articles at The Fitness Chronicle. Build a slim & toned physique like Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt, Jessica Biel, or Nicole Scherzinger at http://www.thefitnesschronicle.com