In terms of male beauty, the reference for perfection has always been the statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo. And what can men learn from this “body of work” in comparison to their own bodies? People’s eyes are naturally drawn to muscular men with a defined chest and ripped abs.
Obviously, this isn’t any earth shattering news. You would have known this even if you weren’t an art major. And yet, have you been able to achieve this look without faking it with men’s compression shirts to get pectorals, or wearing men’s stomach girdles to hide that spare tire around your waist?
If you want to be the real deal, you can have that ripped body that most men only dream of because most people simply are not willing to put in the time and work it takes to accomplish this. Below are some exercises that can help you target the chest and abs.
Barbell bench press
Cable chest fly
Cable chest press
Cable crossover pull
Incline barbell bench press
Incline dumbbell bench press
Machine chest fly
Machine chest press
Crunches with twist
Hanging leg raises
A word of caution though. Even if you do these exercises every day, you still might not get the results you want because you could actually be over-training. Remember that your muscles develop when they are given a rest, so it is important that you not overdo it. Also, your wish for a defined body might not show if there’s a layer of fat covering it! Adding a cardio workout component to your other routines will help you to lose the fat, insuring that those ripped abs will be visible to the world.
Moreover, nutrition plays a big role in losing fat so your pecs and abs show. In fact, people say that losing fat is 80% nutrition and 20% working out. So for those people who don’t like to exercise, that’s good news. The bad news is that you have to watch what you eat.
So there you have the formula for getting a rock hard body. It seems like a lot of work, so no wonder that a lot of men are faking with compression shirts and girdles.
However, there is something to be said about the pride and confidence you feel for having a body that looks like a masterpiece, knowing that you had the patience and stuck with the ‘sometimes brutal’ chest and abs exercises until you finally achieved the body you had worked for.