Image by: By Miles Gehm
By Richard K. Noots
In order to “truly” be fit in popular culture, one needs to have the stereotypical washboard abs and far-reaching pecs like Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, this is harder to accomplish than most people think. Many end up struggling and giving up, often sliding into an even worse position within their diet/training. This doesn’t have to be you.
It’s not easy, but there are ways to get and maintain a magazine-worthy physique. Unfortunately, it requires extreme dedication. Even still, you may not the physique you actually want. We’ll get into the specifics later, but a huge problem with images these days is manipulation. Either way, these tips will get you to a better physique in no time!
#1) Dieting Techniques
OK, so if you’re trying to get that Beach Cut look, we’re assuming you’ve already been hitting the gym for awhile. This means you’ve already lost some serious weight and have packed on muscle. Now, you’re just trying to lose that little bit of fat and water weight that’s depriving you of looking like Apollo. So, one of the most important things to do is reduce your caloric intake!
What you eat isn’t as important as how much you eat. Although you still want to be eating balanced meals (e.g. Getting good nutrition), you want to imbibe anywhere from 1,400 to 2,000 calories, most likely. Depending on how hard you’re going at the gym, the most important thing part of a cutting phase is making your body eat it’s fat reserves. Unfortunately, your body will also eat muscle as well, so there’s definitely a delicate balance.
Finding what’s right for you isn’t as easy as eating what Daniel Craig eats to get into shape. Everyone is different, and you’ll find things work out a lot better for you if you giver yourself room for experimentation. So, just keep this food conservation tip in mind.
#2) Water Consumption
This tip is going to be a little … Unhealthy. However, this is what the pros do. A big problem in getting muscles to show up is the fact that your body retains a lot of water. Now, dehydrating yourself isn’t going to make that much of a difference. However, keep in mind that when Hugh Jackman got his rockin’ physique in Wolverine II, it was by dehydrating himself before shoots. The headaches must’ve been killer given the physical exertion of those scenes.
With that in mind, Danjur does not recommend dehydration. Actually, many sources dispute the aforementioned tip due to the fact that your muscles need water for growth. So, this tip is left up to you to decide. What’s important to mention is while that limiting water consumption may increase the look of muscle tone, it’s a short-lived victory. People in movies and competitions are essentially training for a few seconds of perfection at a time. Which brings up the next point …
#3) The Ripped Look is Manufactured
Every time you see a magazine cover, movie, TV show or anything else that shows a muscular male, his look has perfected for that one single moment. Hugh Jackman does not regularly look like Wolverine. Even when he’s in-between shoots he doesn’t look like his silver screen version. Actors have many tricks to make themselves look bigger on camera, just like bodybuilders have many tricks they do before a competition.
It’s always good to strive for something. You shouldn’t beat yourself up for not looking like a male idealization. Instead, just strive to be healthy, strong and in-shape. People will notice if you’re putting time in at the gym, trust me. You’re already impressing people with that fact, which is a reason why people work out. So, if you truly want to get ripped, just relax. You’ll be there, in time. There is no reason to force yourself to be unhealthy to do it though, so remember why you work out in the first place!
What do you think of the “Male” look we have in movies and ads today? Do you aspire to look like them? Why or why not? Tell us what you think as a fellow male!