Let’s be honest, as motivating as it is to become more disciplined, edge your sword of consistency, and to happily swap a donut for a celery stick, the high of looking at your progress when it’s just you and the mirror hits another level.
To be clear, I’m not advocating that fitness is only good for the physical attributes, I actually tend to focus on the mental and character development benefits since those are the results that actually make a difference.
In an era where so much is easily given and the answer to most problems comes in one day shipping, it doesn’t top those 3 magic words. The words that irrevocably walk themselves into your thoughts after almost any measurable accomplishment that says, “I did that!”.
Being a trainer who actually gives fuck has brought me to a host of conclusions that I’ll summarize into one sentence: Most of us make that step into the realm of fitness to boost our confidence, challenge our insecurities, live longer, and look good naked.
I’m sure there’s a bunch of you naming 100 other detailed reasons but for the sake of not getting lost in minutia, let’s keep it short.
If you’re with me so far in this post, it means perhaps you’re either interested in starting this journey for yourself, for a significant other, or you could already be on it and can use a couple tweaks to stay on track. Either way, I got you. So without further ado, here’s 4 summarized tips to looking better naked;
1. Be Mindful Of What Goes Into Your Body
We’ve all heard that saying growing up as a kid, “what matters the most is what’s on the inside”. Well guess what? That’s still a very true statement. The same way the ugliness in someone’s character can reflect on the outside, the same goes for what that person consumes on a daily basis.
If you’ve been filling your body with tons of fast food, refined sugars, soda, and the last time you had a drink of water was by mistake, then what do you think will reflect on the outside?
Change truly starts from the inside. Six pack abs and that flat stomach you’ve been wishing for won’t happen if you don’t take this part seriously. Men want the biceps, the washboard, the physique that stands out and let’s you know he’s confident, strong, and exudes masculine energy.
But fellas, as much as we wish we could achieve those goals through the Wendy’s dollar menu or $5 dollar pizzas, our body’s don’t operate that way. The dollar menu bellies just aren’t the way to go, trust me.
For the ladies, in accordance to the many I’ve had the pleasure of training and coaching over the years, they want the round glutes, toned arms, flat stomach, and to personally incinerate the love handles (not literally of course). But the same goes for both sides of the coin, a bullshit diet will reflect in the outer appearance and inner esteem.
- Drink more WATER! Close to a gallon daily. Give your body a chance to cleanse itself properly.
- Eat more healthy, More frequently. A lot of you are getting by with eating once a day and are still in disbelief that you’re either the same weight or still adding it. The metabolism doesn’t speed up from lack of nourishment, it slows down. Swap the fried chicken sandwich for chicken breast, and move up that eating frequency to once every 3 hours.
- Get a morning routine that consist of the Warrior Protein Shake. Here’s the recipe - (2 scoops of protein, 1 half banana, 1 tsp of Maca powder, 1 tsp of wheatgrass, 1 serving of strawberries, 1 tbsp of almond butter.)
Our bodies find a comfort zone in being lazy, and our minds can become BS generators in convincing us to workout “tomorrow”. The problem with comfort zones is happiness doesn’t live there long, it may seem like the better option when faced with doing more difficult work, but ultimately you end up skipping the gym, eating shitty food, feeling sorry for yourself, repeat.
Best way to end an unwanted cycle is to make a move against the grain. Can’t make it to the gym? Challenge yourself to complete 30 squats, 20 pushups, 30 crunches before bed (repeat 2x for advanced).
Shitty food disrupting your flat stomach dreams? Make an effort towards cooking your meals for the day or the week. Not only are you saving money by not eating out all the time, you begin to put yourself in a literal groove that your body will appreciate.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, we’re in a time where you can alter virtually anything at the drop of a hat. For many people, the altering doesn’t stop because they keep overlooking what really matters.
Having a big platform puts you in a competitive space and can make you feel like you don’t do enough, aren’t ripped enough, aren’t successful enough, aren’t just.. enough. I’ve followed every piece of fitness advice that I offer you all, but the real win and the biggest flex comes from being able to love yourself through flaws and your amazing traits.
- Meditate on your strengths
- Read, Read, Read
- Extend Yourself
If it’s with a partner, practice taking time out of the week to be completely open with each other in a judgement free zone.
Intimacy stretches far beyond just the physical touch. And once you reach a level where you feel your true self with them, everything you do together inside the bedroom will ignite a new fire between you.