Get back to basics and look hot with your shirts off

What makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?.
Brendan Farnhill  |  Life & Wellbeing

Fitness basics! Summer is coming and with it comes all the parties, festivities and trips to the beach — and we all know what that means... it’s shirts off guys... in fact, it usually means not wearing many clothes at all! So here's a few tips on how you can look your best!

We all know that we need to exercise to lose weight and tone up. The hard part about this is knowing exactly what to do and what muscles to work. 

Your best option here is to get in contact with a Personal Trainer and have them give you a program that is going to help you achieve your goals and make sure you are doing exercises correctly.

Just to help you out a little bit though, I thought I’d give you the heads up on what’s going to make up that hot summer body. These are the absolute basics just to get you thinking and started down the right track.


I think this would have to be one of my favourite body parts. There is nothing like nicely toned quads and calf muscles, topped off with a tan and a pair of sexy shorts. I suggest running (a real fat stripper) and doing a regular step classes to help tone my legs. Include squats and lunges to build the size.


Nice broad shoulders are definitely a hot look in my books. You’ve got it going on if you can have the definition through the shoulders. But make sure you’re not just focusing on one area of the shoulders. You need to ensure that you work the front, middle and the back of the shoulders, to get that nice rounded look.


There are a number of muscles in the back, and whether you’re ripping it up on the dance floor, or hanging out on the beach, these muscles look fantastic. An added benefit to working the muscles in the back is improved posture, which generally helps to bring along an increased confidence as well. If you’ve got a strong back and good posture, the shoulders are back those pecks will stand out even more.


Now when we say ‘the core’, most people are generally going to think straight away about the ‘abs.’ Let me tell you, it’s so not all about the six pack look any more. Improved core strength is going to help again with your posture and prevent lower back pain, but if you want to look really hot this summer, make sure you also have a focus on the obliques.

That’s those muscles on the side of your body that, when worked properly, help to give you that nice V shape on the front. This combined with not necessarily a six pack, but at least a flat stomach (so no beer bellies), is going to give you the ultimate look this summer. For me, it’s all about aiming for that swimmers body.

So there you have it, the main muscles and some basics that are going to help you look and feel better this summer, and give you the confidence to rip off that shirt and strut your stuff.

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