Has Gerard Butler been haunting your dreams as the sole epitome of a sculpted and chiseled bod ever since you saw the “totally authentic” 300 movie a few years back? Well, he should, because damn did that guy raise the bar for all men in the world and made our lives infinitely more difficult. Especially when it comes to attracting the opposite sex.
You see, it’s not just about being smart, funny, or witty in the 21st century, no, women (and men for that matter) want a sculpted body to go with the package. And so the burden falls upon you to embrace the fitness lifestyle and beef up.
Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult, plus it’s good for you in numerous ways. No matter if you’ve been a gym junkie for some time, or you’re just starting out, here is the foolproof guide on how to get the body of a Spartan!
Develop the mindset
First of all, don’t be a wimp. Did that offend you? Again, don’t be a wimp. The first step towards sculpting a killer physique is optimizing your mindset to match the Spartan mentality (at least when it comes to training) and toughening up.
Yes, the weights are heavy. Yes, you’ll need to tidy up your diet, and yes, you will need to push and challenge yourself on a daily basis. But that’s good, it means you’re on the right track.
For Pete’s sake, those people used to kill their infants if they had a defect of any sort, and they used to kill wolves and fight each other every day until someone got killed or maimed. Fortunately, you live in a civilized society, so you don’t have to do those things.
But just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you should skip your training session!
Calories in, calories out
In order to get that signature Spartan bod, you need to go through what is known as body re-composition. If you are a complete beginner, you will experience great progress in your first year of training, being able to drop body fat fast and gain muscle in the process.
However, no matter if you are a seasoned lifter or a newbie, you need to optimize your nutrition for muscle growth and fat loss. Calculating your daily caloric requirements will allow you to track your progress. You’ll need to calculate your macronutrient requirements as well, in order to keep the fat off and build lean muscle.
Make fitness an everyday habit
The next step is to embrace the fitness lifestyle completely and banish all couch potato-ing from your life. This means that you should be active on your off days as well, so a great idea is to buy some home gym equipment so that you can get a quick cardio session in before work or a quick strength session before heading out on the town. This leads us to the next important tip!
Focus on building strength
The key to a strong, sculpted, and massive physique lies in building strength over time, so not only should you focus on nutrition and exercise, but you should emphasize weight and strength training as well. Couple your heavy weight sessions with the proper diet plan for lean mass gain and you will have no problems putting some necessary size on your frame. Now is the time to up your endurance and burn some fat!
Don’t neglect cardio training
Cardio training will be your go-to tool for burning fat and increasing your cardiovascular endurance. But not just any kind of cardio, no, you need to be doing challenging cardio exercises and programs such as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), GPP (General Physical Preparation), or Kinobody Greek God program in order to maximize fat loss.
Steady-state cardio is a thing of the past, as new, more challenging methods do a far better job at keeping your body healthy and banishing that stubborn belly fat for good.
Building that famous Spartan bod isn’t rocket science, it just requires some dedication and hard work to become a reality. By implementing these crucial tips into your daily routine, you too will sculpt a to-die-for physique in no time!
Peter is a men’s grooming writer at HighStyleLife and TheBeardMag magazine from UK. Besides writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s fashion and grooming tips.
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