Muscle is Sexy
Ninety per cent of Trini men do not like skinny, bony looking women. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that you should strive to look like Fat Albert’s long lost twin. However, what I have observed is that many women in T&T are literally starving themselves and performing countless hours of aerobics in an effort to resemble one of those half-starved models you see on foreign catwalks. If you ask most men, they will tell you that curves on a woman do make a significant contribution to her overall sex appeal. For example, an attractive woman, with good posture, will have the almost straight line of her back abruptly broken by the sexy curve of a well-developed gluteus maximus (butt).
For me, the curves of well-shaped hamstrings on a woman make it the most sensuous body part. Which man in his right mind wants a woman who is straight all over? Read the writing on the wall—muscle is what gives you curves.
Have you ever noticed the difference in muscle tone between marathon runners and sprinters? Most distance runners have an emaciated look, as compared to sprinters, who are usually very curvy and muscular, a look undoubtedly brought on by explosive body movement and a strict weight training programme. In all fairness to distance runners, the nature of their sport requires that their bodies be light and not carry enormous muscle mass. The above should not be taken out of context; I am not suggesting you give up your weekly 40 minute sessions of cardio and concentrate on sprinting and weight training.
I am merely stating that you should strike a nice balance and don’t lose precious muscle mass by running yourself into the ground everyday; if you do this, you will look straight, skinny and flabby.
Striking a balance
Even though fitness can be specific or general, true fitness is not defined only by endurance; you must also possess the components of strength and flexibility. Usually, when you have all three components in proper balance, it contributes to a more attractive body shape. Okay, so I have convinced you to add some weight training to your programme, in order to build up your muscle percentage. The best exercises for adding slabs of quality muscle to your body are free squats, clean and press, dead lifts and bench press. These are all compounds movements that recruit several muscle groups in their execution.
In addition to this, women should also perform lunges and a variety of chest, back, shoulder and arm movements that would add to a more toned, athletic look. I would suggest that you weight train at least three times per week, apart from your weekly cardio workouts. You should also put aside one day for explosive body movements like sprints, which will do wonders for enhancing leg muscle tone as well as core strength. Keep training.
Muscle is Sexy