The lean Hollywood look is the build most admired by women today. That’s a good thing for us guys, because it is much easier to workout and not worry about putting on 20 lbs. of muscle. You can definitely become stronger, more muscular, and more defined when you are not trying to add so much size.
Gone are the days of the blocky, bulky look of NFL defensive linemen.
Women today are extremely candid about wanting the men in their life to look strong, lean, and tapered. The popularity of big screen TV’s have given women much more opportunity to critique the builds of Olympic athletes like sprinters, hurdlers, and well as Hollywood celebrities like Paul Walker, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, and Channing Tatum.
It may not be reality, but this is the standard we have been given. Now, how do we meet it?
It Takes Time to Create a Body Women Find Desirable
Forget the nonsense on the Internet about looking like a stuntman from the movie 300 with a “secret” 12-week workout. You need to focus on a more protracted goal of 25 – 36 weeks. Commitment to quality nutrition, brief intense strength training workouts in the gym, and interval training are what will get you there. You cannot rush the process.
The Biggest Factor Will Be Your Diet
If you want to look like an athlete, you must start eating like an athlete. Get rid of sugar foods, oily foods, fast foods, and processed foods. Chicks cannot see your muscles if they are covered with a layer of fat. Make slight reductions each week in the calories you consume. Start eating more fresh fruits and more fresh vegetables. Get your protein from solid sources (fish, turkey, chicken breasts) NOT idiotic protein shakes that put on more belly fat.
Train For Strength With Fundamental Exercises
You do not need more that 45-50 minutes in the weight room. Alternate your weeks with heavier weights and lower reps one week, lighter weights and more sets/reps done quickly, but strictly the next. Utilize fundamental, multi-joint lifts like DB Military Presses, Benches, Pull-ups, Dips, Squats, Deadlifts, Cleans, and Rows. Forget about fluff movements like Wrist Curls and Triceps Kickbacks. Always do some ab work and some Cheat Curls.
Integrate Interval Training In Your Cardio
In order to put your metabolism into overdrive, you need to amp up the volume of your cardio. Olympic and professional athletes DO NOT jog mindlessly on treadmills or out in the neighborhood. They DO NOT read books or listen to iPods when they train. They are focused on one thing: Burn fat, build lean muscle. Their cardio consists of timed bursts, followed by a short recovery period. (Remember sprints after practice high school?) Each cardio session should last about 30 minutes. Intervals are never the same on consecutive training days.
Obviously, there is not enough time to go into deep specifics of the attitude, diet, and workouts to get you more lean and muscular. However, I hope this short article has motivated you to redefine the way you look at your own training. Putting on slabs of rock hard muscle without adding fat is extremely difficult. Training to lose a few pounds while you become stronger is much easier.
Getting the lean Hollywood look that women see as desirable will take some time and effort on your part, but it will payoff big time.