Being strong and healthy is nice and important, but the reason a lot of us exercise is to look good. These aesthetically-focused exercises won’t make you hot overnight, but in combination with a healthy diet, they’ll give you the best bang for your workout buck so you look good dressed up—or undressed.
These exercises target body regions for attractiveness based on typical American beauty standards. That means the exercises we’ll highlight are different for men and women. For men, we’ll broaden the upper body and develop defined leg muscle. For women, we’ll focus on tightening up arms and building a firmer, tighter booty. Still, not every body type can be (or needs to be) a statue of a Greek god or goddess. If that’s not you, you can still look great naked. These exercises will still help you get healthy and strong no matter who you are.
Exercises for Men
For men, looking good in your birthday suit involves building some upper body muscle. We spoke “PictureFit,” of the PictureFit YouTube channel, and he explains that it’s often easier for guys to make themselves appear broader than it is for them to diet for a six pack or build muscles proportionally throughout the body. Dick Talens, fitness coach and Lifehacker contributor, says the key to that is developing the “v-taper,” which means building broad shoulders, a wide chest, and a small waist so your upper body looks like the letter “V.” The v-taper approach is especially useful for those who have “dadbods” or identify as “skinny fat.”