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As a fitness model (print and editorial too); you need have a lean, tight, and toned body.
It is imperative to look above average because the camera and different camera angles can add pounds. Having a great model body is very attainable with conscious effort.
Here’s a breakdown of how to achieve this:
5 MUSCLE WORKOUTS TO KEEP TONED
For a tight defined chest, try a press exercise followed by a fly exercise.For instance, perform a dumbbell press followed by a dumbbell fly. To decrease the time of the workout and make the contraction on your chest more intense I like to incorporate push-ups as well.Try the bench press for 8 repetitions and right after do 12 push-ups with your feet on a stability ball to really push your body to the limit.
For biceps it’s very important to go through the full range of motion with curls.Mix biceps with triceps to add more variety to your workout. Performing bicep curls from different angles puts different stresses on different parts of the biceps which helps promote constant growth.I love to use drop-sets when working my biceps. This entails lifting a weight 8 times for 3 sets.
On the last set pick up a lighter weight and keep pumping repetitions out.
When constructing a perfect, fit body you MUST make sure your abs are tight and equipped for posing for long hours.The exercise I like the most is hanging leg raises. They are great for developing the upper and lower abs and really test your stabilization and core.Planks are also essential as they help you keep your core firm for extended periods of time.
When working on your thighs keep in mind shocking the muscles is important.Think of how much time you spend on your legs everyday, thus, adding the constant shock to your workouts will help keep your legs fit for posing and looking great.Something I use to shock my thighs is a 1-minute treadmill sprint in my routine of leg press, step-ups, lunges, and squats.
Cardio is also very important in keeping the body fat low so the thighs do not grow in size.
Stretching is very important when working your legs. It helps keep the muscles flexible and prevents injury. I like to use supersets (Supersets are two exercises are performed in a row without stopping)when I work my legs.I feel this really takes them over the top and adds a hard look to them.For example, I would do a set of squats followed by walking lunges with balance, then step-ups.
This makes the workouts more intense and helps when you are crunched for time.
Photo Credit: Sergio Garcia