Hey NoGymers, today’s post comes to us from Dean Phillips of the UK. Dean is launching his fitness & lifestyle blog today over at DeanPhillips.net so he’s been nice enough to write a helpful post for us. From a more personal standpoint, Dean is a super cool guy – he has a positive vibe that just radiates out when he talks. I do hope you’ll check out his blog – Dean’s going to do some big things in the blogosphere in 2013.
He also put together a free resource for NoGym.net readers that you can check out at the end of this post. So without further ado, enter Dean…
Looking awesome is quite a vain thing right?
After all, you can’t think that you look good – if you do you’re a jerk, a vain bastard and a self obsessed…
Well No. Not really when it comes to your body.
Why else would you be here?
You’ve worked hard and we all have several reasons behind why we want to improve our bodies, and transform our lives, be that for athletic performance, health or even that thing I love so much – strength. Underneath all of that lies a deeper meaning, more confidence.
A way to feel great, a way to look freakin’ awesome naked.
Now that is something you can achieve. Seriously, you aren’t born looking great naked. I especially wasn’t. I was born 3 months early, I was small enough that my Dad could hold me in his hand, I was covered in hair (yep hair) oh, and my ears hadn’t formed properly yet. A truly beautiful sight.
Best looking baby of the year award was not on the line for me.
So yeah, as I was saying, we aren’t born with awesome bodies. We sculpt them to be that way.
So why would you even want to look great naked?
Well science has proven that the golden ratio, applied to aesthetics, creates the most appealing physique. It’s in human nature and we are programmed to find symmetry attractive (I’ll get into this more later), but a good rule to aim for is 1:1.618.
Most people like to get topless in summer, I think it’s just a primal “Damn it’s too hot” kind of thing. I see guys get topless who’s stomach would hang out when they have a top on. I’m cool with that, it’s their choice, however, I’m sure they would be much happier if they had a body to be proud of.
Let me lay this on you:
You go out and you and a dame (I wish I lived when this term was around) are attracted to one another, so much so that you go back to her place. You walk through the door and go and make some “coffee”. How much better would the coffee be if you looked great naked. She would be more attracted to you, you would be more confident and damn the coffee would sure as hell be great for you both.
Bulk For Winter
Most people stop giving a **** about their bodies in the winter. They “bulk” with their fast food and their devotion to sugar ladened drinks. Every season should be a time to get naked, not just the “summer” hysteria season. You never know when you may have to impress, so why be on the mark at all times.
Bulking vs cutting is something that causes a lot of trouble with our hormones, mind and bodies. When you bulked last time how much fat did you put on just to struggle to remove it near summer? I’ve been there and I think most people have.
I’m going to give you some tips on how to look freakin’ awesome naked.
1 – Legs (Golden Ratio)
Squats and deadlift work. You are told it constantly. But I think to look that extra bit better we should do some other things too. The legs are such an important thing when it comes to being naked. Most guys think the upper body is what counts. It’s the whole body, after all are you going to keep your trousers on when getting naked?
No one likes someone with chicken legs, they may taste good but they don’t look it, and ladies this applied to you too, a guy who likes big butts cannot lie, so get some sexy legs and you won’t be lied too. (Sir mix a lot may of not backed this up with evidence).
Include these in your leg workout:
- Glute Ham Raises
- Barbell Hip Thrusts
- Hack Squats
2 – Straighten Up Look Sharp
Which guy do you look like?
I’m a writer so I spend time on my trusty macbook, because of this and other things such as sports my shoulders pull forward. It sucks.
A lot of people who work their chest a lot tend to roll their shoulders forward and never stretch which greats an unattractive meathead look, guys, if you’re trying to impress pull your shoulders back and have your chest high, ladies do the same I’m not gender bias on this stuff. Lets stop the caveman look, we are better than that:
1 – Stretch out your chest, do scapular wall slides and practise on pulling your shoulders back.
2 – Do hip thrusts and stretch your glutes.
3 – Carbohydrates
So I’m going to take a guess you are planning on drinking a few times. That’s cool, drinks are on you. Carbohydrates do increase insulin which increases fat gain etc blah blah blah. But they also help you with hangovers and looking full and sexy.
If only there was a way to lose fat and still have carbs. Well my friend there is, It’s called carb cycling. This masterpiece works amazing and is helping my clients stay shredded while gaining mass. Yep, it’s that good.
So how do I recommend we do it?
I have a simple method.
- Workout Days = Carbs
- Off Days = Stay away from them beasts.
You got it? Simple.
The best thing to do would be the workout late (closer to going out) and use your carbs for your recovery benefit.
4 – Fat Fast
This is a secret weapon that was originally shared to me by a friend of mine who happened to be a nutrition coach. I’m not usually one to share this a part from with my paying clients, but I feel like we are getting on well, after all you’re still here. Cheers.
The Fat Fast: How Does It Work And What Will We Need?
- Coconut Oil
- The best mug you can find, preferably one like this:
The principal is simple:
1. Get out of bed and get ready to so some amazing work.
2. Make a great cup of coffee.
3. Place a tea spoon of coconut oil in the black coffee (can add slight bit of cream if needs be)
4. Add cinnamon (optional)
Some Scientific “Fast” Points. (Pun so intended, go on , slap your knee in laughter!)
1 – Fasting
2 – Coffee – The caffeine is going to up regulate fat burning in combination with the coconut oil.
3 – Coconut Oil- The oil gives your body some calories and improves health, skin condition, gut health, the immune system and act as a microbial and anti-fungal. With coconut oil you get too incredible fats, MCTs and saturated fats, both have their benefits and if that wasn’t enough, the taste is the shit.
4 – Cinnamon – This helps to improve insulin sensibility.
There you have it, 4 tips to help you look (freakin’) awesome naked. Don’t forget you can look great constantly, winter or summer, naked or clothed. With great power comes great responsibility.
I’ve created a gift for No Gym users and I think you’ll love it, It’s a free 5 day course and a special bonus just for you peeps, to find out more go here.
So I want to know, do you find yourself slipping in winter? Which tip did you like, and what can you start doing today? Let me know in the comments below.