HARD BODIES

by James Davies July 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N10/2016
HARD BODIES IT’S NO COINCIDENCE THAT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, WHEN WE SAY SOMEONE IS “FIT” IT CAN ALSO MEAN “SEXY”

It’s no coincidence that in the English language, when we say someone is “fit” it can also mean “sexy”. Lean, toned bodies are sexy. Just pick up any magazine to see adverts full of skimpily clad women and hunky men tempting us to buy something. The confidence – not arrogance – that comes from training hard, from pushing your body, from shaping it, is also sexy. So if training makes you feel sexier and appear sexier, then for some, that’s as good as reason as any to hit the gym. But what about the – ahem – performanceenhancing aspects of being fitter? Obviously there are a myriad of ways to have sex, and generally, the fitter you are, the better your performance is going to be. Building muscular strength will allow you to hold those tricky positions longer and hold your partner in various poses, while boosting your endurance will obviously enable you to go for longer (provided the excitement doesn’t bring things to a premature close!) As for flexibility, well, the benefits kind of speak for themselves. So can you boost your sexual performance by training? Try it and see – but remember you’ll need to practice regularly for around a month to start seeing the benefits. Focus on core strength, flexibility and, probably most importantly, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which will boost your cardiovascular fitness and endurance, meaning you’ll be able to go harder for longer. The great side effect of HIIT is that it boosts your metabolic rate, meaning you’ll burn more calories at rest, so your body gets gains as well as your partner. If you mix up full-body moves (as detailed below) as well as cardio, you’ll get muscle-toning affects as well as fat loss. Always remember to warm up first and stretch afterwards, a great principle for the bedroom as well as training! There are various different ways to HIIT train. One is the Tabata protocol (you can download Tabata timers from app stores), where you work for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off in a four-minute block. You can do this with pretty much any exercise but intensity during the working 20 seconds is key – you’re looking to build an oxygen debt in the body. So, sprint flat out for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and repeat. You can run, row, jump on a bike, or just do bodyweight exercise like alternating blocks of squat jumps and lunge jumps. Try it – you’ll find it surprisingly hard. To really challenge yourself, perform multiple blocks and aim to hit every body part; for example, press-ups, crunches, pull-ups, squat jumps. Getting imaginative (just like sex) can give you an all-over body boost. If you really want to take it that one step further, you could introduce Tabata protocols to your coupling activities, but probably best to discuss with your partner first or they could be a little surprised with an all-out 20-second burst followed by a 10-second rest…

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