Muscles Means More than Mass
A few years before I got into working out, I had convinced myself that the stereo typing of bodybuilders and guys who worked out a lot was true. In my head I labeled them as shallow, “meat heads” who looked great, sure, but who weren’t very bright.
I had convinced myself that being ripped wasn’t as attractive to women as smart funny guys. I realize now that it was just my own insecurity. The truth was that these guys were really the ones “scoring” and getting all the best dates. T
he dumb jock stereo type isn’t true either because exercise can actually make you smarter. So if you’re into sports and physical fitness, don’t stop there. You’re a prime candidate for excelling at anything else you choose to do. 1)http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/cp-mpd100313.php
Exercise is proven to increase intelligence.
After I finally broke past my own insecurity–and maybe just a bit of laziness—and started to hit the weights, the benefits of developing my muscles became apparent.
Fitness is the #1 Confidence Booster
Everywhere you go, you have to go there in your body. Your body is your vehicle to get you where you want to go, and it makes an impression when you arrive. If you’re not right with your body… if it feels fat, out of shape, not quite like you, then it’s really hard to feel as confident.
When we look good we tend to feel good, and the opposite is also true. It’s really hard to look good in an unfit body. Now of course this is not a politically correct topic, but it’s the truth. No one would choose a fat and out of shape body if they could wave the proverbial magic wand and change it in a shake.
The thing about being ripped is that you’re always going to be thought of as more attractive by people, and especially women. People tend to respect you more because they see you respect yourself by caring for your body. In just one glance a ripped body reveals discipline, focus and persistence. Being ripped is attractive because it shows that you have discipline.
In just one glance a fit body reveals discipline, focus, and persistence.
Nothing can boost your confidence and sense of comfort with yourself and your body like being fit can.
To actually get big you can’t be the guy that just goes to the gym two or three times a week and spends as much time texting as he does lifting. But that also doesn’t mean that you have to be a bodybuilder whose life revolves around the gym. You need to find a middle ground that works for you. And even then, when you find a routine you like, as you progress, it’s good to change things up now and then to keep your body guessing and progressing.
If you want to build your body, it’s really pretty simple.
3 Steps to Bodybuilding
- Train hard.
- Be consistent.
- Eat clean.
To actually stand out and get that lean, aesthetic look that the models have, you need to trim down to 6%-8% body fat. If you’re looking for a bulky, yet fit look then 12%-13% is a healthy body fat range. It all depends on what kind of look you’re going for. I personally like to look as lean as possible. When your body fat is down to 6%-8% your jaw line is going to be more accentuated, giving it that “chiseled” look. You will simply look more attractive with a lower body fat level.
Building your body and maintaining that low level of body fat is a lifestyle choice. You can’t just go on and off from working out. You need to stay consistent. That means you need to be working out almost daily and you need to keep an eye on your diet. If you’re starting out and you’re skinny, then you need to constantly be eating. 4-5 meals a day of protein-rich food will help you build a base layer of muscle. However, once you’ve packed on the muscle and are ready to start getting rid of that body fat, limiting your meals to 2-3 a day with no snacking as an absolute must.
Set Yourself Up For Future Success By Working Hard Today
If you start building your body when you’re young, the foundation is being laid out for the future. When you’re older and just starting to get in shape, it’s a lot harder to get big than it is for younger men. That’s why it’s essential that you start today. Your body will thank you for it later. As a young male (in my early 20s) I normally go and hit the weights hard, which causes my arms to look swollen and vascular. However, when I leave the gym, the size of my arms goes back down and they don’t look as big.
As you age, the muscles in your body start to solidify and they start to look big all the time. It’s one of the benefits of aging, but bear in mind that as you get older, you will have to slow it down and allow more recovery time. Younger muscles are more forgiving when doing a high intensity weight training session and will be able to recover more easily.
Being muscular can literally change your life. People tend to respect you more, you’re more likely to be chosen for that position or raise, and of course, more likely to attract women. It’s just one of those things that nobody wants to talk about, especially in a society where we’re supposed to accept everybody for their appearance, no matter how unhealthy they look.
It’s the elephant in the room. Everyone sees it but no one wants to talk about it.
You can be the person that sits there and denies it, or you can accept it and make changes to your physique. You’ll ultimately live a better life. Your interactions with other people will be more positive, your mental clarity will be amazing and your hormones will be balanced, because exercise helps to balance testosterone levels to be in the normal range (within 600-1000 points), so long as you do NOT consume soy protein shakes and soy protein bars.
See our recommendations under PRODUCTS below to find bars and powders that do NOT silently attack your masculinity. Also, it’s absolutely worth saving the money and the testosterone attack by beginning to create your own bars and nut mixes power packed with what your body needs and none of what it doesn’t need.
To completely understand the benefits of being fit and muscular, you’ll have to experience it for yourself. It’s a lifestyle choice, and it can affect not only our physique but our relationships and our sense of who we are in the world. Will you take action or will you continue to make excuses? I made my choice and I’ll never look back.
Working out and growing muscles, has improved my life in every way imaginable. More confidence, better grades in college, sharper at work and better relationships.
Will you take action now while you can, or will you wait until a healthy crisis or age sobers you into trying to turn it around? At the end of the day, the choice is yours and you’re the only one who can make it.
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BOOKS on Amazon:
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : Bible of Bodybuilding, Revised – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body – Michael Matthews
Thrive Fitness, 2nd edition: The Program for Peak Mental and Physical StrengthFueled by Clean, Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes – Brendan Brazier
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Ben Greenfield Fitness – [NOT an affiliate, but awesome for geeking out on sports science, especially if you’re into MovNat, paleo-type fitness. Also, tune into Ben’s podcast for tons of amazing info for free.
BioTrust [affiliate] Bulletproof [affiliate]
Isagenix [affiliate] (The Isagenix whey shakes do not contain soy, but they do contain fructose, so we prefer the Isalean Natural Berry Harvest Shakes)
Metabolic Effect [affiliate] (For awesome sugar-free cocoa designed to help control diet-induced hunger and cravings).
Mercola.com [NOT an affiliate, but a trusted source for quality products and well-researched information by experts] Onnit [affiliate]
Quest Nutrition [affiliate] (Best flavored bars if not the purist of ingredients, but still sugar free)
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Article by Mac Austin, an entrepreneur that specializes in Copywriting and Content Writing. He’s dedicated to helping people, whether it be with their business or with their overall health. Mac shares his success with his own fitness achievement and seeks to improve the health of others.
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