By Angela Bekiaris: Male models are sharing their fitness tips, and we think all men can benefit — even if you think you’re a total gym pro. So if you’re looking to get into shape, or just improve your fitness — and appearance — try the following:
- Make fitness a priority: Schedule that gym session in just like you did that early morning meeting. Have that bag packed the night before, eat a healthy breakfast before leaving home and make sure your training is a key part of your lifestyle. And they’re not saying you have to train seven days a week like they do, but make sure you’re training enough — especially because we know you want to eat enough, too.
- Maintain: Training hard six weeks before your Christmas vacation isn’t the answer — but training all year round is. Breaks are only good when they’re small, say experts.
- You don’t need fancy equipment: Hey, some of that equipment helps, of course, but the models are revealing that something as simple as running could have you and your six-pack turning heads in no time.
- Don’t cheat: Do the exercises correctly. You’re not there to impress those watching you, you’re there to get results — so learn how to do the exercises and do them correctly if you want to see results.
- Strength is key: ‘Building a house requires a solid foundation,’ say experts — what great advice. Include push-ups, planks and weights into your workouts.
- Don’t let your social life ruin your training: Spending hours working out, followed by a night out with the boys eating junk food and drinking beer is a no-no! Indulge when you have to, but remember abs are made in the kitchen.
- Don’t eat right before bed: We should all jot this one down. Experts suggest you limit snacking to three hours before hitting the pillow.
- Forget fad diets: They don’t work. Stick to a healthy eating plan — one you can enjoy and stick to forever.
- Don’t be too strict’: While we don’t want you binging after a gym session, you can still have e fun with the boys — just not every day! Key point here is to eat everything in moderation and watch those portions boys!
- Find a training partner: Most people, but specifically men, tend to train better with a fitness buddy. It’s good company and great motivation, so what are you waiting for… make that call!
How They Do It In Hollywood
We always want to know how the stars stay in shape — yes, gents, even you! So, you’re welcome.
- For his role in Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2, Chris Pratt got fit with what he called “straight conditioning, like high-intensity interval training and CrossFit-style moves.” Pratt would do five rounds of eight exercises, including pushups, high box jumps, ball slams and burpees.
- For Hercules, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson told com that he stuck to a 22-week diet programme that included egg whites, filet mignon, chicken, fish, oatmeal, broccoli, asparagus, a baked potato, cream of rice, salad and complex carbs. He also upped his already intense physical training regimen, working out six days a week for six straight months for at least an hour-and-a-half, starting with 50-minute cardio sessions that usually began around 04h00.
- Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum says he prepared for the second film in the franchise with trainer Arin Babaian who created a fitness-conscious lifestyle that allowed him to have a little fun while getting results. According to Men’s Journal, ‘the routine reportedly included 32km bike rides, 9.6km runs with sprints, shoulder presses, squats, bench presses, push-ups, pull-ups, dips, lunges and water burpees, which call for alternating between swimming laps and jumping in and out of a pool to perform sit-ups’.