Are you tired of putting in countless hours at the gym without seeing the results you want? Do you want to take your fitness game to the next level and finally achieve that chiseled physique you’ve been dreaming of?
What you need is a workout designed for aesthetics – or an aesthetic workout.
But, look no further, because we’ve got you covered. These 9 essential tips for a an aesthetic workout are designed for men who want to look good while training in the gym.
In this post, we’ll cover everything from the best exercises to target specific muscle groups to the importance of proper form and recovery. You’ll also learn how to dress for success and discover the importance of a good grooming routine.
So, let’s dive in and take your fitness game to the next level!
1. Focus on Compound Movements
When it comes to an aesthetic workout, compound movements will make a big difference. Compound movements are exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once, such as squats and deadlifts. These exercises are great for building muscle mass because they use more than one joint to complete the movement.
Here are some great compound movements that you’ve probably seen gym bros do:
- Squats: This exercise targets your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves all at once! It also works your core muscles because you need them to stabilize yourself during this movement.
- Deadlifts: This exercise targets your back (traps), abs, and lower back muscles while also targeting your quadriceps if done correctly!
- Bench Press: Targets chest, triceps, and anterior deltoids plus upper back all at the same time.
Targeting these muscles simultaneously means you can get a lot of work in fairly quickly.
2. Incorporate Isolation Exercises
Isolation exercises are the best way to target specific muscles, and while compound movements are good, isolation exercises are also critical for muscle growth.
If you’re looking for a great back workout that will give you a nice V-shaped torso and big arms, try doing bent-over rows with dumbbells or barbells followed by shrugs at the end of each set of rows.
3. Train with Proper Form
Another tip you’ll hear people discussing often is the use of proper form. And this is extra essential when it comes to an aesthetic workout. Keeping your core tight and maintaining proper joint alignment is crucial.
So, when performing exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, or pull-ups (to name just a few), keep these tips in mind:
- Keep your back straight at all times while lifting weights–this will help protect against injury and improve muscle recruitment throughout each rep
- Engage your core before moving any weight at all – this helps stabilize your body so that less energy is required during each repetition of an exercise
4. Track Your Progress
One of the most important things you can do when training in the gym is to track your progress. This will help you see how far you’ve come, and it will give you the motivation to keep going.
There are many different ways to track your workouts, but we recommend using a journal or app (like MyFitnessPal). In this way, all of your sets and reps can be recorded along with weights used so that it’s easy for someone else (or even yourself) to look back on them later and get some perspective.
5. Change Your Routine Regularly
Anybody who trains regularly will tell you it’s very easy to get bored with your training. That’s why switching things up and trying new things is important.
You can switch up your exercises and weights every 4-6 weeks and try a different exercise variation or heavier weights. You could try calisthenics alongside your weight training. If you want an aesthetic workout with a difference, you could even patronize a yoga retreat business and go away for a few days. Yoga is an amazing core workout and a great way to save your joints and muscles from that high impact stress.
The key is to expose your muscles to different kinds of routines so they can become bigger and stronger in all the ways that count.
6. Style Yourself Properly
If you’re training for aesthetics, it’s only wise to allow your wardrobe to reflect all your hard work. That means developing a personal style that feels comfortable and suits your personality.
Experiment with different styles and find what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but always stay true to yourself.
It’s equally important to get properly fitting outfits because clothes that are too loose or too tight can ruin an entire look. Make sure that your clothing fits appropriately and accentuates your body type.
7. Pay Attention to Grooming and Accessories
Sometimes people will notice your body before they notice your face. But, they still have to look you in the eyes to speak with you. That’s why grooming is just as important as the clothes you wear.
The key? Well, there are a million and one ways to pay attention to grooming, but it all starts with keeping your hair and facial hair trimmed and styled and taking care of your skin. A well-groomed man always looks put together.
8. Work with a Personal Trainer
If you want to see the gains in the gym, working with a personal trainer is essential. It doesn’t have to be expensive either; you can get an online personal training program for as low as $50.
Personal trainers can help you with a personalized exercise plan, keep you accountable and motivated, and even get you gifts for fitness clients when you’re killing it.
If you want to compound the gains even more, work with a personal training and nutrition coach. They can help you dial in your diet so it matches your goal of aesthetics and that Greek-Godlike physique.
9. Have Fun
Training is more enjoyable when you’re having fun, and even though your overall goal is getting a better physique, it’s essential to focus on exercises you enjoy.
Incorporate all of these tips: using proper form, focusing on compound movements, and working with a personal trainer can help you rapidly achieve your workout goals.
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