This one is for all the men out there. The fabled V shape is the epitome of manhood, just like the hourglass plagues many women’s dreams. But how does one get the V shape when dealing with a stomach that gets in the way or those shoulders that refuse to bulk up? The fact is that every man has a V shape lurking in there somewhere. The trick is to express your genetic potential and work towards getting the perfect body through natural movements. Here’s how to get that V Shape:
A natural body deserves natural movements – Having identified that the V shape is the natural shape of the male anatomy, it's important to ensure that you workout in a way that is natural for your body to get into shape. Many men try putting on excessive amount of bulk and therefore get stuck with exaggerated frames like very large shoulders or are unable to workout in a way that reduces the belly fat.
In order to workout the whole body and get leanness in the midsection as well as over all, bodyweight workouts, functional training, and high intensity interval training is a must.
Hard gainers – For those who find it hard to gain muscle on their shoulders, which is important to get that V shape here are two must dos –
- Lift really heavy things. The foundation of your routine should be the big compound lifts: Squats, deadlifts, presses (bench and overhead), pull-ups, rows, clean and jerks. These engage multiple muscles while triggering your hormonal response systems.
- Eat lots and lots of healthy vegetables and meat. You are going to have to eat far more than before if you want to gain weight. Since body composition is 80% diet, you are going to have to stuff yourself. You need to provide lots and lots of proteins for those hormones to synthesize.
Flexibility and yoga – Working on flexibility helps towards achieving a lean and strong frame. In order to be lean and strong, you need to gain lean muscle mass and not bulk up on excessive unnatural muscle. Many men make the mistake of trying to convert fat into bulky muscle when they start going to the gym. In the process, this hinders the body shape. You would be far better off working towards a naturally lean body and once you manage to do this, the V shape will come automatically. Yoga helps to gain core strength and to make the limbs supple and lean.
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