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I Hit On Men At The Gym And Came Up With A No-Fail Five Step Routine
Looking for love is exhausting. And possibly fruitless.
How many times have we heard that we’ll only find love when we’re least looking for it? Too many, in my opinion. And it’s because of this that we experience that never-ending internal battle of whether we should actually stop looking and simply live on, hoping we’ll accidentally happen upon him in the street (à la Carrie Bradshaw) — or keep looking anyway.
Well folks, I’m starting to think that life isn’t a Nicholas Sparks novel, and you most likely aren’t going to bump heads with your future husband on a crowded city sidewalk. So it’s best to always keep your eyes and ears open — especially in male-heavy environments.
There are the places that come to mind immediately, like that seedy sports bar you’ve been going to forever and your local hip bookstore. But then there are those places one wouldn’t think to look — one place, in particular, that’s prime for the picking of potential romantic partners.
It’s a place where we’re so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we don’t take a moment to look around and appreciate the, er, scenery — and even if we do, we usually don’t act on impulse.
Ladies, I’m talking about the gym.
Yep, that place you go to after work to de-stress and nothing more. I’m here to tell you the gym is more than a place to do froggy crunches — it is a shining beacon of hope. It is an untapped resource, a hidden treasure of men possessing that possible perfect “husband” package we all aspire for.
Think about it: gym-goers are concerned about their health, physical appearance and aren’t lazy, just to name some qualities you’d want in a hubby.
Not to mention, the gym screams sex: You’re surrounded by sweaty, grunting men, and beautiful women doing hip thrusters, and that machine on which they open and close their thighs (its sole purpose is really just to make them look like they’re DTF).
Basically, everyone taps into his or her most primal self at the gym.
A couple of days ago, I went to the gym with the intention of hitting on some hot hotties, and my experiment turned out way better than I expected it would. So, I’ve put together a little how-to for picking up men at the gym. It’s a no-fail way to nail the man of your dreams.
Step 1: Assemble a cute workout outfit.
This step is very important because it’s all about striking that perfect balance. You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, but you also want to accentuate your best assets.
So if you have a great butt, wear neon or black spandex, not jogger pants. If you have a great rack or sexy collarbones, wear a well-fitted sports bra with a breezy tank.
My go-to “fat day” outfit for the gym is a sporty-but-low-cut New York Giants tee with black leggings. On days when I’m feeling lighter, I don a fun, playful tank with colorful leggings so I can show off my arms, the part of my body I’m proudest of. If you must wear makeup, opt for the minimal, natural look.
Again, this isn’t a runway, so you’re not expected to look perfect. Just don’t look like you DGAF by wearing that frumpy DARE shirt you got in the fifth grade.
Step 2: Approach a barbell with heavy weights on it.
When I walked into the gym that evening, my eye immediately gravitated to a six-foot, fit, blond-haired, blue-eyed looker in a muscle tank (what can I say? I’m a sucker for blondes).
You know that whole damsel-in-distress act, when the guy comes to the girl’s rescue because the girl is helpless and doesn’t know what she’s doing? Well, that’s only effective in specific situations. In others, it’s the exact opposite of what you want to be doing (I’ll explain further later on).
Anyway, women are biologically the physically weaker sex, making the unfortunate truth that sometimes, we need a little help from a man — especially when it comes to the physical strength department.
So I walked right up to a 40-pound barbell that had an extra 50 pounds on it — sure because I wanted to “challenge myself,” but also because the cute blond just happened to be standing there.
When I tapped him on the shoulder, he took his earbuds out of his ears.
“Sorry to bother you, but could you take these weights off for me?” I asked.
“Sure,” he said, smiling and sweaty.
He innocently poked fun at me for being unable to lift the barbell. I admitted my 110-pound, only somewhat-seasoned frame would have a difficult time handling that much. After a few minutes of body banter, I thanked him for the help and threw my headphones back on.
I’m not going to lie: After successfully hitting on the hottest guy in the room, I was feeling pretty good about myself. With my newfound confidence in tow, I schlepped to the mats for the next part of my routine: lunges with free weights.
Step 3: Practice good form.
Now, here is where you don’t want to play the damsel-in-distress.
There’s nothing sexier than watching a woman push her body to all of its limits. She looks determined, confident, strong and like she’d be a f*cking animal between the sheets.
When you lift your free weights, try to get a spot in front of the mirror, where the rest of men are positioned. This way, you cannot only ensure you’re keeping good form, you can also casually make eye contact through the mirror with the men who are doing the same.
Step 4: Give your best bedroom eyes (and voice).
I have a sexy voice that I only whip out for special occasions: in the bedroom, at the bar and when I’m hitting on a dude. Part of owning your femininity is using what God gave you to your advantage, and the gym is the place to do just that. So, girl, channel yo’ inner Megan Fox.
Eye-f*cking is crucial, too. Most people spend their time exercising listening to music, in the zone and unwilling to talk to anyone else. This is totally understandable — unless you’re looking to score.
As I moved on to work my triceps, I found a spot next to a mid-20s, brown-haired bro. Using every ounce of energy I had left, I lifted the sh*t out of my dumbbells. When I was finished, I turned toward the bro.
“I’m dead,” I said breathlessly, dropping my weights to the floor. My bangs fell into my face and, with the help of some trusty ol’ sweat, stuck onto my forehead, which only amped up my sex appeal.
“Oh, I’m dead too,” he laughed, “but that’s a good sign. I think I’ve seen you here before, actually.”
I closely studied his features and realized he was right. He went on to ask if I lived in the neighborhood, and I signed off by telling him I’d see him around soon.
He gave me the bro nod of approval. I nodded back and walked over to the ladies’ locker room.
Step 5: Revel in your glory.
What are the conclusions I drew from my experiment? Well, while most of the men I talked to were airheads — I’m assuming all their blood has no problem reaching their muscles, but couldn’t make its way up to their brains — I got them to talk to me, which was the ultimate goal.
I could have carried on the conversations and scheduled a date or two, but TBH, from what I gathered, I didn’t really click on an intellectual level with any of them.
To sum up, it’s best to take a page from Demi Lovato’s book (“What’s wrong with being confident?”) and act like the baddest bitch in the whole damn place. Work out hard. Look approachable. Let your body lead the way. Let your eyes speak your intentions, and the rest will follow.
Oh, and don’t forget to dig into your dresser drawer and throw on THAT pair of leggings — y’know, the one that makes your ass look like Nicki Minaj’s.
Then, hit up the gym and make #GAINZ, both in life and in love.
I never thought it was possible.
By: Juan in Chicago
In my life, I’ve seen my fair share of hot men. Goodness knows around summer time they are a dime a dozen. But today I experienced something I never thought was possible.
A man at my gym was so stunning that I lost my voice. I’m not saying that as a metaphor either. I seriously lost it.
Now before continuing I just want to say I know how vapid and shallow this must seem. But the way I look at it, sometimes you just have to let the gay out.
Here’s exactly what happened.
My husband and I were working out in the free weight area of our gym. We’ve been going there for over 20-years and like the place because it’s all about the weights. Honestly it doesn’t have a super cruisy vibe.
Don’t get me wrong. People do check one another out. But if you’ve exercised for any amount of time, you know some gyms are cruisier than others.
Anyway, here I am on a Hammer Strength machine, pounding out my last set on the bench press. Just as I am lowering the weights, I saw a yellow blur out of the corner of my eye.
But there was something more that happened.
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Deep inside, I sensed the energy in the room had changed. Don’t ask me to explain it because I can’t. The best I can say is that karma told me that hotness was present.
Ever experience that?
When I sat up, the blur suddenly came into focus. I tried not to stare. He was doing curls with barbells, intently focusing on his form.
The dude was probably 6’0, early 30’s with reddish blond hair and a short beard. Even though I am near sighted, I could easily make out his piercing green-blue eyes.
He was wearing a yellow tank-top that revealed a manly, hairy chest. Below that, he had on black shorts and black gym shoes. The best I can describe him is a muscular wolf with a hint of jock. Not overdone – just muscular and athletic.
Oh, and there was a gold wedding band. That of course added to his allure.
I turned my head away. And guess what I saw? My husband sitting on a nearby bench, completely mesmerized by him.
It was CRAZY!
Moments later, the guy finished his sets and left the room. This allowed both my husband and I a chance to talk. Yeah, we are the kind of couple that absolutely gossips about cute guys we see.
When they are mega-hot, we even give them nicknames.
“WTF was that? It was like woof and lick just walked into this place!” I said to my hubby. He snickered and added back … “And yum, too!”
After 30-seconds of comparing notes, we agreed to call this person Clark. The reason is simple: had a tattoo around his ridiculously hot bulging bicep that had what looked like a Superman logo on it.
Granted – it might have been something else but that’s what we were able to make out.
Some part of me felt relieved after “Clark” left the area because to keep it real – there is just no way I could have continued working out in his presence.
“Karma told me that hotness was present”
So for the next half hour, I finished my exercises and so did my hubby. At about 3 pm, we decided it was time to leave. Cool, right?
Just as we were about to enter the locker room, Clark suddenly emerged from around the corner. He stopped directly in front of us (like 1 foot away) and said with a super deep baritone voice.
“Wassup dudes – you guys know where the boxing room is?”
In my mind, I knew the answer to his question. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been going to this gym for over two decades. It’s on the second floor in the Northeast corner.
BUT WHEN I WENT TO TALK, NOTHING CAME OUT. ZIP, NOTHING!
Clark looked at me with seriously hypnotic eyes – the kind that could disarm even the coldest of hearts.
I tried again to talk. The only thing that came out was an audible squeak. Seriously, I felt like a big girl! Thankfully, my husband was able to verbalize – but he had to clear his throat first!
As Clark offered his thanks and walked away, my hubby busted out laughing. Apparently, my face had gone red. But you know what? I wasn’t alone because his face was, too.
Once we exited the gym, we spent time talking about Clark and his hotness. “What if we ran into him in the locker room with nothing on?” asked my hubby. In turn, I said, “Baby – that’s something we don’t want to know. The fantasy is always better than the reality!”
Several years ago, a friend of mine told me that he lost his voice after randomly bumping into a celebrity in L.A. He didn’t become speechless because the guy was a star.
Instead, it was because the man was stunning. In fact, it took him 30-seconds to realize it was Chris Pine he had just seen.
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I’ll be up in the gym, just workin’ on my fitness 💪🏼 Smashing arms today. What are you guys training?
Honestly, I always thought phrases like “he left me speechless” and “he took my breath away” were metaphors. It turns out that sometimes, axioms fit.
In the case of Clark, he’s probably a newbie to our gym or maybe on a visitor’s pass. In any event, my hubby and I kind of hope we don’t run into him again.
Because there are some people who are so hot that they become a distraction!
PS: I did get my voice back
Photos in post are examples of the guy’s look. Not him but similar. OMG WOOF!
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25. Zac Efron
It’s easy for teen heartthrobs to get stuck playing the same role over and over. Maybe that’s one reason Zac Efron looked at his resume—three straight High School Musical flicks, not to mention the teen-friendly 17 Again—and decided it was time for a boot camp-inspired makeover.
“There’s something about me that’s always searching for the more challenging route, and the actors that I really admire are always picking things out of their comfort zones, trying to stretch to see where they can go,” he told us. “It just seems like the road less traveled.”
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To break out of his comfort zone, the 24-year-old actor packed on 25 pounds of lean muscle for his role as a soldier returning from Afghanistan in The Lucky One. Efron’s transformation relied on old-school workout techniques—a five-day a week regimen of deadlifts, squats, overhead presses, and weighted pull-ups. Oh, and protein. Lots of protein. As in, six to eight meals daily, and up to 3,500 calories.
Is your workout stuck in a rut? Steal Efron’s muscle-building routine and kick off your 2012 transformation.
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24. Dwayne Johnson
Johnson is one of those rare stars who switches between high-octane blockbusters (Doom, Fast Five) and family friendly flicks (Tooth Fairy, Race to Witch Mountain) without skipping a beat (or losing selling power) at the box office.
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This year, The Rock’s in action mode, playing Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Sinbad (that’s the rumor, anyway) in Arabian Nights. Such professional flexibility, however, comes with a price: He often has to gain or shed up to 20 pounds to meet the physical demands of a role. “The key to rebuilding your body is to keep challenging yourself,” says the former WWE champion. “I get solicited by trainers from all around the world, and it’s very flattering, but my answer to them is always, ‘If the day comes that I can’t kick my own ass more than you can, then that’s the day I’ll stop training.'” Follow Johnson’s lead to build your own “Rock-solid” physique.
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23. Ryan Gosling
Gosling’s abs may look photoshopped, as Emma Stone shrieked in the 2011 hit Crazy, Stupid Love, but there’s nothing fake about his transformation from lanky guy-next-door to ripped leading man. Gosling’s regimen, among other things, currently includes grueling two-hour Muay Thai MMA training sessions as the 31-year-old actor prepares for his role in Only God Forgives and The Gangster Squad. To help him maintain his lean physique, Gosling’s trainers have also prescribed a traditional Thai diet of green vegetables, rice, and fish—and not, to our knowledge, any airbrushing.
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22. Ashton Kutcher
When Kutcher’s high-profile marriage to Demi Moore ended late in 2011, nobody could’ve played him for laying low and hiding from the press. But while the story received top billing on gossip blogs, Kutcher retreated into his work, signing a lucrative deal to replace Charlie Sheen on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. He also found solace in the gym, where he’s managed to keep his lean physique in tact thanks to a workout regimen that includes running, Bikram yoga, and Krav Maga.
Find out other ways Ashton Kutcher succeeds inside—and out of—the social fishbowl in this exclusive Men’s Health interview.
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21. Stephen Moyer
Actor Stephen Moyer may star on True Blood as vampire Bill Compton, but he shares one thing in common with the average mortal. “I find that I don’t if I don’t have someone making me,” he recently told us. As season five of the hit HBO series gets underway, the 42-year-old actor plans to spend much of his time on screen with his shirt off (although perhaps not as much as co-star Ryan Kwanten). The thought of baring so much skin to millions of viewers was incentive enough to turn up the heat on his typical training gumbo: Push workouts, pull workouts, a little circuit training, some plyometrics and functional work, and a dash of sport-specific training. But his motivation extends beyond mere vanity. “I don’t want my kids to look back on the show in 20 years time and go ‘who’s that slobby git’,” says Moyer.
Follow Moyer’s secret training tips to slay your own workout demons.
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20. Michael Phelps
Take one look at Michael Phelps’ lean, sinewy physique, and you’d have no idea that the 14-time Olympic gold medalist reportedly eats up to 12,000 calories a day while in training mode. Breakfast alone could mean a five-egg omelet, three slices of French toast, and three chocolate chip pancakes. Those carbs supply the energy Phelps needs to rip through a workout plan that involves swimming up to 50 miles per week, and lifting weights three days. “Over the last few years, I’ve started lifting more and more. More power cleans. More squatting. More free-weight squats,” he told USA Today. While preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps also added a boxing routine to help firm up his core. “The only way to really get that is trying different exercises and keeping things more interesting and more exciting,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re going to get better.”
Punch up your own workout routine with one of these three Powerful Boxing Workouts.
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19. Ryan Reynolds
While he started his career with goofball roles like National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Ryan Reynolds didn’t allow himself to get pigeonholed as comic relief. Determined to become a legit action star, he packed on 20 pounds of muscle for the lead roles in movies like Blade: Trinity, The Green Lantern, and Safe House.
Reynolds, fittingly, refuses to stick to any one routine in the gym. “If you hate your workout, you’re not going to do it,” he told us. His other secret? A lean diet of eggs, oatmeal, grilled chicken, protein shakes, and occasional supplements. “I gained a lot more muscle mass when I went on creatine,” he says. “And I never do any of that carve-starve crap”.
Get ripped like Reynolds with this diet plan the actor used to achieve an incredible 3 percent body fat.
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18. Mark Wahlberg
Whether he’s acting, directing, or producing, Mark Wahlberg never gets too busy for the gym. Of course, it helps when the gym is conveniently located in the back of your house. The 40-year-old actor would often wake up long before he was due on set for The Fighter—which he also produced—to fit in a workout before a 14-hour day of shooting.
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Getting in shape for that role required an even more grueling routine—one that Wahlberg started two years earlier. “We’d start first thing in the morning with a run, 6 to 8 miles, either up hills or on flat ground,” says the former rapper and underwear model. “Then we’d go have a gigantic breakfast and head off to the gym.” The next five hours were filled with boxing, jumping rope, basketball, weightlifting, and core training.
The results speak for themselves. “I’m not as good a trainer as I am a student,” says Wahlberg, “but boxing really is the ultimate workout. I’m moving, I’m alert. And afterward, I feel amazing.”
All that extra energy helped Wahlberg power through projects like Boardwalk Empire, How to Make it in America, along with the upcoming Ted, Broken City, and Goodtime Gang.
Want to get your endurance up to Wahlberg’s standards? Try his total-body boxing workout.
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17. Dwyane Wade
The pressure on Dwyane Wade increased tenfold the day LeBron James started riding shotgun in Miami. That’s a big reason why the 30-year-old Miami Heat star keeps his body in championship condition year-round with a workout that concentrates on core strength—critical to those quick bursts of acceleration.
And the best part is that it works both ways: All that running on the court can make your abs look better. Not only will you work your core as you sprint, you’ll also burn off any excess flab. Try our basketball strength and conditioning workout to blast fat and reveal your six-pack.
And click here to read even more about Dwyane Wade and his training secrets.
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16. Liam Hemsworth
Few things motivate a guy more than an old-fashioned sibling rivalry—and your brother Chris nabs the lead roles in Thor and The Avengers, well, it would seem you’ve got plenty to do to impress Mom and Dad. No problem for the 6’4, 22-year-old Australian, who whipped himself into peak condition for his recent role in The Hunger Games using a six-day-a-week weight training and cardio program that emphasized power-lifting moves with heavy weights and low reps. All the effort paid big dividends, too: Not only is Hemsworth slated to appear in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, but he’ll also show off his newly ripped physique alongside Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2. Your move, Chris.
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15. Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig brought a muscular edge to the role of James Bond when he took over the franchise in 2006. He’ll reprise that role again this year with the release of Skyfall, the first Bond flick since 2008’s Quantum of Solace. With Craig still at the helm, Bond’s become even more intense, more charismatic, and (incredibly) more ripped.
It didn’t happen by accident, either. “I needed to get as fit as I possibly could,” Craig told the British press. Want to become 007-worthy, too? Click here for Daniel Craig’s total-body power circuit.
And for even more training secrets of the stars, check out The Men’s Health Celebrity Fitness Center.
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14. Jason Statham
Here’s a preview of where you’ll see Jason Statham this year: Playing a special agent in Safe, a mercenary in The Expendables 2, a thief in Parker, and a special agent—again—in Echelon. Translation: He’s in no danger of losing his ripped, action figure physique, thanks in large part to a routine that packs several core-blasting workouts into a series of high-intensity, 35-minute sessions six days a week.
“Your body’s like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you’ll never make it explode,” he told us. “You hit it once with a hammer, bang! Get serious, do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and a half of nonsense.”
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13. Blake Griffin
Mere weeks into 2012, Blake Griffin all but locked up the votes for dunk of the year with an unforgettable one-handed slam over the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins. (Even LeBron James—never quick to play down his own airborne achievements—congratulated Griffin on Twitter.) But Griffin’s ability to keep adding to his legacy of highlight-worthy dunks, all while strengthening other aspects of his game, wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the 22-year-old’s work ethic. “In everything you do, you’re going to face people more talented than you,” he told us. “I set myself apart by bringing more energy than they do.”
Want your workout to take flight like Blake Griffin’s? .
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12. Taylor Lautner
CGI could only do so much to sell Taylor Lautner’s transformation from regular high school kid to all-powerful werewolf in the Twilight films. Lautner did the rest the old-fashioned way, packing on an incredible 30 pounds of muscle over the course of a year, transforming his 5’10”, 140-pound teenage frame into a ripped fitness animal. You might say that going from scrawny to brawny was simply a brilliant career move. But he isn’t done yet: “My character continues to grow,” says Lautner, who this year will step back into the role of Jacob Black for part two of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, “so I’d like to pack on at least a few more lean pounds.”
Find out how the Twilight star made a beast of himself in the gym. Click here to learn Lautner’s secret formula for a six pack.
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11. Matthew McConaughey
We’ll say up front that we prefer Matthew McConaughey when he’s in jock mode while filming movies like We Are Marshall. But we understand why Steven Soderbergh chose to cast McConaughey as a veteran male stripper in the upcoming comedy Magic Mike.
Frankly, McConaughey looks the part—he’s got the body of an elite athlete, and he seems to have a knack for strolling around with his shirt off. That makes it easy to jump into his workouts at anytime, with no rules, whether he’s on location in Mexico or back home in the United States. Example: During an interview with a Men’s Health writer, McConaughey picked up a decorative 20-pound cobblestones and began doing rows, presses, and curls—on the balcony of his hotel room.
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But the real secret to McConaughey’s fitness success? He thinks not only in terms of what exercise demands of him physically, but also of how it rewards him psychologically. “Sometimes you can get the body in shape, but the head ain’t in great shape,” he says. “So it’s real nice if you can coordinate ’em.” And it turns out he has an eight-step program to do just that.
10. Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth didn’t always have the physique worthy of portraying a Norse god—or a mythical hunter, for that matter, which he’ll play in this year’s Snow White and the Huntsman opposite Kristen Stewart. Hemsworth, in fact, had barely ever lifted a weight until he nabbed the lead role in Thor. Sure, he’d always been an active guy—surfing, boxing, and rugby are his favorite pastimes—but when it came time to pack on that kind of muscle? The kind that would put him in league with, say, Ahhnold and The Rock? He needed to hit the gym. Hard.
Hemsworth’s effort paid off in the form of 20 extra pounds of lean mass. The secret to his success: Constantly varying his workouts so that his muscles never had time to adjust to any one routine. He regularly switched up his weight, reps, and even his lifting speed—and that’s something that any man can do. Check out Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder Workout.
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9. Orlando Bloom
Playing a magical elf in the Lord of the Rings movies didn’t afford Orlando Bloom any kind of supernatural protection in the real world. And that’s a shame, because the 35-year-old star could’ve used it. Among other things, Bloom’s busted three ribs, both legs, his nose, wrist, and skull—mostly while playing sports. Oh, and then there’s that three-story fall, the one that nearly killed him.
(Build muscle to stay off the I.R. this summer with the Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises!)
Bloom’s bumps and bruises, thankfully, haven’t affected his appetite for risk-taking. But they have reinforced the importance of staying in peak condition to keep himself cast-free for the rest of his life (fingers crossed). He now does Pilates regularly, and he’s taken up weightlifting, yoga, and tennis to help improve his flexibility and endurance.
Follow Bloom’s plan to help injury-proof your body this summer.
8. Ryan Kwanten
Though his character may lack superpowers, Ryan Kwanten easily boasts the most otherworldly physique of all the cast members on HBO’s True Blood. The 35-year-old actor didn’t sculpt his body working out on machines in an air-conditioned room, either. Kwanten is a competitive triathlete—he was a professional at one time—and prefers taking his workouts to the trails rather than running on Los Angeles’ 7,000 miles of blacktop. “It takes the tedium out of running,” he says. “No two steps are the same.” And instead of aiming for distance or heart-rate goals, he opts for routes with distinct midpoints. “Whether it’s a high peak or the end of a beach, it’s great to have something you can touch that lets you know you’re halfway there. You don’t find that on a treadmill.”
Reveal your six-pack and stay fit forever with Ryan Kwanten’s 20-minute ab workout.
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7. David Beckham
David Beckham may turn 37 in May, but he’s still just as effective a player now as he was at 18. “I’m still running 12 miles a game,” the MLS soccer star told us. “I’ve definitely become more aware on the field. I know what my limits are, what I can achieve, and which passes I can play. I have adapted to my age.” The result? The L.A. Galaxy won the MLS Cup in 2011, earning Beckham a club championship in a third country, after England and Spain, along with a new two-year contract to boot.
But Beckham hasn’t let the success go to his head. Not only is he still one of the first men to arrive for practice every morning, he’s also kept up a rigorous workout routine off the field, too—adopting resistance-movement exercises to compensate for performance losses and soft-tissue work to help his muscles recover. That sort of work ethic goes a long way toward keeping his critics quiet.
“I know that if I set my mind to something, even if people are saying I can’t do it,” he says, “I will achieve it.”
Think you’ve reached your peak? Smash the limits of your prime with the The David Beckham Workout.
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6. Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz understands the power of a six-pack. His abs epiphany came during an eighth-grade graduation party at a water park. “Before then, I never knew abs were attractive,” says the 26-year-old, who plays vampire Emmet Cullen in the upcoming final installment of the Twilight series. “Where I grew up in Arizona, you would never see anyone without a shirt on at school. But when I took off my shirt, all the girls were, like, ‘Oh, look at your abs!’ And I was, like, ‘Yeah!'” Psychologists call this “positive reinforcement.” And Lutz instinctively knew what to do: Stay active.
To make sure his abs keep popping, Lutz uses a total-body circuit workout that includes a mix of core, upper-body, and lower-body exercises, all performed at a fast pace to burn calories and torch belly fat. Are you ready to have your own abs epiphany? Click here for Kellen Lutz’s full-body blast.
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5. Joe Manganiello
In an industry obsessed with vampires, werewolves have to work harder for the spotlight. Just ask actor Joe Manganiello, who spent five months muscling up for his role as the hulking, love-struck werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s hit drama True Blood, which will enter its fifth season this June.
In order to play the supernatural shape-shifter, Manganiello needed to build legs like oaks and arms that other men could use for pullups. He started by enlisting the help of celebrity trainer Rob Mathews, who whipped Hugh Jackman into shape for X-Men. Mathews’s prescription for success: A 2,500 calorie-a-day diet and two-a-day workouts that focused on total body circuit training. By the time Manganiello stepped on the set of True Blood, he had shed 10 pounds from his 6’5″ frame and dropped his total body fat to just 8 percent. Ready to take your own workouts to the next level? Learn how to gain a pound of muscle every week.
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4. Channing Tatum
If there’s one thing every bankable Hollywood star risks, it’s getting pigeonholed—playing the same old action hero, straight man, or comedic foil. It ain’t a bad way to make a living, either, so give Channing Tatum credit: He refuses to get stuck. This year he broke out in the hit comedy 21 Jump Street, playing an undercover cop alongside Jonah Hill. That was after he’d already made women misty-eyed playing the hunk in romances like The Vow, and saved his fellow man in action flicks like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (a role he’ll reprise this June). Clearly, his physique continues to impress, as Tatum’s next role involves playing a male stripper alongside fellow beach bum and workout fiend Matthew McConaughey in the Steven Soderbergh-directed comedy Magic Mike.
Want an action-hero worthy body worthy of the A-list? Then check out this cutting-edge Hollywood workout. It’s designed to blast fat and build muscle—faster than ever.
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3. Kenny Chesney
While it takes enormous stamina to perform live in concert, it doesn’t necessarily require a 29-inch waist, which musician Kenny Chesney is rumored to hide under his boot-cut jeans and cut-off T-shirts. Surprised? So were we. Given the titles of some of his biggest hits—”Beer in Mexico,” “Living Fast Forward,” “Tequila Loves Me,” or his most recent hit, “Me and Tequila”—we assumed that Chesney’s life was one big beach party. Little did we know that he takes his fitness seriously, working out daily with a trainer and eschewing traditional Southern-fried fare for a healthier low-carb, high-protein eating plan.
The extra energy helped fuel Chesney to nine American Country Music Award nominations this year. He’ll need to keep up his routine this summer when he goes back on tour with buddy Tim McGraw. Sure, country music stars aren’t known for sporting six-packs, but Chesney’s body can rival that of any athlete or actor on our list. Want to upgrade your own exercise program? .
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2. Taylor Kitsch
Not to give ourselves too much credit, but Taylor Kitsch’s career only seems to improve with each Men’s Health cover he lands. We first featured the 30-year-old actor when he appeared in the TV series Friday Night Lights back in 2007, and again in 2009 when he played Gambit in X-Men Origins. His third cover (last month) coincides with his biggest role yet: the lead in the action-adventure flick Battleship.
Rather than simply push weights all day, Kitsch mixes it up with an intense boxing routine. In the ring, he goes as hard as he can for 3 minutes, takes a minute off, and then repeats. “Keeping up that pace revs my metabolism and keeps it there all day,” he says. The result: more stamina, but also cobblestone abs.
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You don’t have to don gloves to fortify your own workouts with the principles of pugilism. Just follow Kitsch’s model: high-intensity interval training; rapid-fire changes; and an emphasis on all-around conditioning. It works wonders for any sport, in any gym, with any workout. But if you’re ready for the ring, follow Kitsch’s three rules of fighting for a better body.
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1. Ryan Lochte
Last December, Lochte was named Swimmer of the Year after winning five gold medals at the 2011 World Championships. It was there that he finally and decisively emerged from the wake of his friend and rival Michael Phelps. Not only did Lochte, 27, vanquish the octo-golden boy in their head-to-head races, but Lochte’s winning time of 1:54.00 in the 200-meter individual medley was the first new world record set since performance-enhancing suits were banned in 2009. Lochte didn’t need a special suit thanks in large part to a world-class core strengthening routine.
“Swimming is 90 percent core driven,” he says. “If you don’t have a strong core, you’re not going to be efficient.” That’s why he does 30 minutes of abs work every day, choosing from a menu of planks, hanging leg raises, Swiss ball moves, and medicine ball work. That translates to hard-core power in the pool. “The World Championships were just an appetizer of what I’m capable of doing,” Lochte told us. “I know I had my best times, but I also know I haven’t had those perfect swims yet.”
Elevate your game in 2012 with these fitness tips from Ryan Lochte, Usain Bolt, and the rest of the world’s top athletes!
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Do Women Like Muscles? The Research, The Realness, The BS.
The SAID principle states that your body will adapt to the stress imposed upon it. In other words, you get what you train for.
If you want to be a good runner, practice running. If you want to be able to deadlift 405, practice your deadlift. Get it?
But, I’ve found that SAID is true in more than just physical/exercise examples. The SAID principle is the case with EVERYTHING.
When you first started driving, the entire thing was pretty hard, wasn’t it? You had to remember how to turn on your lane changing signals. You had to think about what to do when a light turned yellow. You even had to think about how to put the car in drive, reverse, or park.
Fast forward a few months or years, and you don’t have to think about “how” to drive at all. You just do it.
Another example would be brushing your teeth. When’s the last time you had to give any thought to your teeth brushing technique? Probably when you were three years old. But, because you brush your teeth every day (I hope), you don’t have to put any mental effort into the task.
Saying that building muscle will get you girls flies in the face of the SAID principle. Specifically, because we are the pursuers in dating.
Think about how dating works for a lot of women. Girls do their hair, makeup, and maybe wear revealing clothing, which takes hours to get done. These same girls, after spending hours getting dolled up, go to a bar or club, sit there, and just… wait.
Hours of preparation, only to sit there, hope, and pray. Hope and pray that an interesting guy comes along and capture her interest.
You see, we have to GET women more times than not. We are the pursuers and it’s on us guys to stir up some feeling of attraction in the girl we are after.
The SAID principle is always true, even with girls.
You have to be able to TALK to a woman and gain her interest.
To the guys who think that having a nice body is all you need to get girls, I say, what are you going to do when you’re in Target and see a cute chick? Take off your shirt in the middle of the store and present her your abs?
There’s an art to talking to a woman. You have to walk a fine line between aggressive and chill, serious and fun, flirtatious and direct. No one can teach you how to walk that line.
Based on the SAID principle, there is no way to learn how to get good at talking to women, other than talking to women.
A podcaster I particularly love, Dante Nero of The Beige Phillip Show, calls it laying the five bricks. If you lay five bricks a day, it isn’t a whole lot of work, but eventually, you’ll have a pretty big wall.
Dante suggests talking to five women a day with the express purpose of JUST TALKING TO THEM. Don’t try to be suave or cool. Just say something like “hi,” or, “I like your dress.” And to quote the good brother Nero, “you’ll probably stumble into some pussy.”
Also, as Chris says in Plight of The Lonesome Bodybuilder, if you spent one hour talking to a girl for every hour you spend at the gym, you’ll never be without sex.
The Reason a Lot of Men Don’t Become Legendary.
This point speaks to a logical fallacy that holds people back.
They say things like, “to get girls, should I focus on learning pickup, or building muscle? Should I try to get a job with Company A, or should I try to get a job with Company B?”
To use a more personal example, I’ve been told to not worry about writing content online. “You’ve got a degree, just get a job teaching,” is what they tend to say.
I’ve also been told college is useless for someone like me who would like to run a business.
This has caused me to doubt every single decision I’ve made over the past few years, including: pursuing my Master’s degree, starting Wilfredo Fitness, and working shitty jobs to get by while I try to make some change in the fitness industry.
See, that’s what the app is perfect for.
PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul, 1944
A hero photographed right after he’d completed his heroic act. Naked.
Photo taken by Horace Bristol (1908-1997). In 1941, Bristol was recruited to the U.S. Naval Aviation Photographic Unit, as one of six photographers under the command of Captain Edward J. Steichen, documenting World War II in places such as South Africa, and Japan. He ended up being on the plane the gunner was serving on, which was used to rescue people from Rabaul Bay (New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea), when this occurred. In an article from a December 2002 issue of B&W magazine he remembers:
“…we got a call to pick up an airman who was down in the Bay. The Japanese were shooting at him from the island, and when they saw us they started shooting at us. The man who was shot down was temporarily blinded, so one of our crew stripped off his clothes and jumped in to bring him aboard. He couldn’t have swum very well wearing his boots and clothes. As soon as we could, we took off. We weren’t waiting around for anybody to put on formal clothes. We were being shot at and wanted to get the hell out of there. The naked man got back into his position at his gun in the blister of the plane.”
Every hot guy you need to follow on Instagram IMMEDIATELY
I hate that there’s this idea societally that straight men are always appreciating hot girls, but girls are never eyeing hot guys. Like, no way! We’re always keeping our eyes open for a new crush or at least a new fantasy. And honestly, us 21st century girls and gays are lucky as fuck. Because when we run out of hot guys in our hometown or hot guys in our classes to oogle, we have the internet. Maybe the only good to come out of Instagram, a media that just makes us SAD, is hot male Insta models. We found the hot guys of Instagram for you to follow. And trust me, there’s never enough hot guy in your feed. You better follow them all.
Alex Sewall, @alex_sewall
A model AND fitness coach that looks good in a Hawaiian shirt? Sign me tf up. I don’t even care that he looks like a contestant on ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’
South Beach bringin’ the heat 😎 #frontfam 📸 by @christianalexanderphoto
Oliver Cheshire, @oliver_cheshire
Look at Oliver’s angelic face and tell me why you didn’t start following him three years ago. Honestly, you’re welcome for this one. He’s a fan favorite.
Thanks for having me @balmain and a Big congratulations to @olivier_rousteing on a beautiful show!! 🙌🏼🇫🇷#pfw 📸 @frederic.monceau
Nick Bateman, @nick__bateman
Nick is a professional matchmaker and travel blogger. Basically, prime boyfriend material. Excuse me while I PUKE about someone being so perfect.
Au revoir Monaco 🇲🇨
Joe Weir, @_joeweir_
Joe is a Canadian with a six-pack who’s always posting puppies. There’s never been an Instagram account that’s more attractive. This is everything we’ve ever needed.
Now taking applications for our gang. @reserved #reservedforfestivals #reservedformusic
Kenneth Hill, @kenhillfta
LOOK AT THIS MAN IN UNDERWEAR. That’s all I’m gonna say. I’ll let your eyes do the talking.
The strength of a man isn’t seen in the power of his arms. It’s seen in the love with which he embraces you… 📸 by @gmvaughan
Terence Telle, @terencetelle
Terence is a fashion blogger and model who’s cheekbones could slit your throat. The perfect man. Plus, this white suit? Angelic.
Tommy 🕺🏾 🕺🏾 🕺🏾 @tommyhilfiger @tommyhilfigermens @lairdandpartners
Colin Ryan, @colinrryan
Colin looks like Chris Hemsworth if he ran track and fucked supermodels instead of Miley Cyrus. Tell me I’m wrong.
Barrett Pall, @barrettpall
Barrett just wants to save the world while looking sexy. He’s a self-proclaimed activist and humanitarian who writes about health and style. Adorable.
Tracksuit. 🏆 #lacoste #tbt #ootdmen
Andre Hamann, @andrehamann
The big sell on Andre? His thicc tatts. And that beard? Dead. He looks like a hot tattoo artist who could fuck up your worst enemies.
Walking in Milano only in my @hoganbrand #HoganH383 #HoganJourney •ANZEIGE
Justin Livingston, @justinliv
Justin is a hot Harry Potter with hella money. Sexy as fuck.
Zander Hodgson, @zanderhodgson
A British model who’s always wearing tracksuits? Exactly the kind of eye-candy I need, thanks!
We’re having a heatwave in the UK 🇬🇧I’m not complaining! Who wants a lick? 👅
Broderick Hunter, @broderickhunter
This model has the social life of an A-lister but still wears baseball caps. Sounds like the perfect guy.
Pelayo Diaz, @princepelayo
Pelayo’s got that European look, but I’m not complaining. Take me to a soccer game, daddi!
Matthew Zorpas, @matthewzorpas
Matthew runs a fashion blog and owns a LOT of nice suits. Got me thinking on all that BDSM shit, you know?
Adam Gallagher, @iamgalla
Adam is a famous influencer who’s feed might be more sexy than him. Is it normal that I’m attracted to content? Lmk.
#SCHWARZKOPFcreators : Weekend blooms 🌸 hair styled with @got2b phenomenal molding paste @schwarzkopf #createyourstyle / Ad ( 📸: @npierce88)
These are all the types of hot guys in the world, RANKED
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Instagram provides us with a wealth of knowledge. You can follow celebrities for all the latest goss, fashion bloggers to help hone your dream wardrobe, and dermatologists for those spine-tingling pimple popping vids (we know you love it).
But if you’re yet to use your scrolling skills for a cheeky perve on some of the hottest Instagram guys from all over the world, you’re doing it wrong.
Grab a towel and get ready to follow at least 80 percent of the studs on this list.
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“If happiness is the goal – and it should be – then adventure should be a top priority” … 📷 @bergstrvm
Pros: Owns a dog, surfs, plays guitar, tats.
Cons: Wears a pinky ring and probably has better hair than you.
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Great way to start the week on set
Pros: There’s two of them, HEAPS of topless shots, there’s two of them.
Cons: We’re not sure there is one unless you hate Australian accents, in which case, HOW THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA MATE?
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Pros: Dem lips, dat jaw.
Cons: Takes himself a bit too seriously. So don’t watch the videos, just froth over the pics.
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Pros: Has a wee pup that features consistently, abs and the most perfect shadow of facial hair you’ve ever seen.
Cons: So much blue steel, throw us a proper smile woulda love?
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My hair has a life of it’s own! (Tag someone and say hi)
Pros: Poses in his Calvins A LOT (hello), blonde mop and brow game on point.
Cons: Loves a shirtless mirror selfie. Or pro, depending on your standards.
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im clean. i promise. @oliviersimille 📸
Pros: Helloooo hairy chest! Plus tats, hipster vibe, puppy, sense of humour and gets full-on nakey quite often.
Cons: Doesn’t always post pics of himself (he also cares about politics, mindfulness and environmental stuff – jerk). The picture of his butt makes it all worth it though.
Pros: His name is Titus and his eyes will peer into your soul and sex dreams.
Cons: His captions can be a little cringey, but what more can you expect from a male model?
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S U N D A Z E
Pros: Patrick’s a personal trainer so you’ll often get bonus workout tips while staring at his bod and bulge.
Cons: He’s a personal trainer.
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Having a laugh on set today #Nyc #setlife #selectmen #selectmodels #fordmodels
Pros: His face and body are perfection.
Cons: He knows it.
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Leaning up for a photoshoot next week. Bye bye carbs. See you soon 😆😆
Pros: A MMA fighter with a cheeky-cute smile. If watching a guy beat up another guy turns you on, we have a winner.
Cons: Also posts photos of high-carb, fatty foods you’ll want to eat asap.
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— Ready to go. Can’t wait for my first time at Cannes Red carpet with @lorealmen @lorealhair @lorealmakeup #LorealCannes @montblanc @rochasofficial ✨💫 — 🎩…Peace&light…♻️ — #HereWeGo #Cannes2017 #GoodVibesOnly
Pros: Shaggy surfer sexgod.
Cons: Pretty sure he has a model girlfriend. Typical.
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Watch and DO my #mondaymoves workout in my story… Then try this ostentatious shirt removal move ..🙈 📸- @gavinoneillphoto @therealpaullamb @bobbybujisicmakeup
Pros: Hot dad alert! This magnificent creature posts so many swoon-worthy pics with his bub.
Cons: Will make you consider having your own.
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Not posing. Not. 📸📷📸 #ginger #officeselfie #redhead
Pros: The most glorious redhead you ever did see.
Cons: He’s always wearing clothes. Got to protect that pasty white skin ya know?
Any smokin’ hot Insta guys we missed?? Let us know in the comments below!