Getting In Shape as an Alpha Male
If you’re looking to impress the ladies with your alpha male status then you’re going to need to be in peak physical condition; not just to look the part but to feel the part too. See, confidence is internal yet how we look on the outside can have a huge effect on how we feel on the inside.
When it comes to being intimate with someone, you can’t hide behind your superhero t shirts, you need to be in shape, which for most guys means hitting the gym.
That said, just as important to the workout itself, is your preparation prior to your workout. These four pre workout rituals are will point you in the right direction to having a more fulfilling and effective workout.
FUEL YOUR BODY
In general, it’s recommended you don’t eat solid food two hours before working out in order to avoid a sudden build up lactic acid known as ‘the stitch’ which is particularly important if you’re considering incorporating swimming into your workout, as you’re more likely to get cramp if you eat prior to getting in the pool.
That said, you need to make sure you fuel your body prior to the workout as otherwise you’ll feel light headed, lethargic, and unmotivated.
It’s important to remain hydrated throughout your workout, but the key word that is often overlooked here is remain. It’s imperative you are hydrated prior to doing your workout.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends an amount of 20 ounces of water prior to exercise, however, what you don’t want to do is start downing water immediately before you train, as the bathroom breaks are going to distract and disrupt your workout - the trick with water is to drink little and often throughout the day to ensure a general state of hydration.
In keeping yourself hydrated you’ll be less likely to suffer muscle cramps both during your workout and afterwards.
The majority of pre-workout supplements contain caffeine and amino acids that help your veins and arteries dilate, which increases blood flow, so you’ll want to take it around thirty minutes prior to your workout so that you’ll be in a peak state of alertness for your actual workout.
A natural alternative to a caffeinated drink such as Red Bull is to have a glass of water and banana - it’ll give you a natural kick of energy that won’t be quite as sharp in terms of its peak and trough.
MANAGE YOUR STATE
You’ll have likely heard a term referring to how the mind controls the body, meaning your mental state has a lot of power over how your body performs within the workout, which brings us onto the notion of “state”. It is generally accepted that people have different emotional states that are triggered by stimuli; some of these states are helpful and contribute to our growth whilst others limit us.
If you’re starting your workout feeling it’s a chore then you’re going to get limited results - because when you feel something is a chore it doesn’t put you in a mental state where you want to go all out.
Think of how footballers and even sumo wrestlers have a pre-game ritual which is all about getting themselves into the right mental state to perform at their peak. Whatever this is for you, decide on a trigger such as a song or a particular movement that conditions your nervous system to perform at its peak.
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