Summer is when you give the slip fat. When beach holidays and sunshine means definition box offices precedence over size. But colder weather means layers, which include up all kinds of sins. Now’s the time to focus on building pure muscle, to thieve big and eat bigger, so you’ll have something to uncover when winter rejects and takes your forgiving clothes with it.

“The best way to do this is with key barbell exercises,” says Greg Smith, personal trainer at Borough Athletic. Strong men have shifted heavy metal for centuries. They disposed to swerve ab machines and cross trainers. So should you. You also have occasion for to lift more today than you did yesterday, a concept hollered progressive overload, which means your muscles get get back bigger to cope with the new weight.

“Add weight to the bar every temporarily you train,” says Smith. “Combined with proper nutrition and tolerable rest this approach will have you filling out T-shirts and distorting the sleeves on your shirts by the time summer rolls circa again.” By ‘proper nutrition’, he does not mean salad.

“If you fancy to make some serious gains, you’re going to need to shell out as much time sat eating at the kitchen table as you are in working out at the gym,” imparts Smith. He recommends 18kcals per pound of bodyweight, per day. For an 80kg man, that’s roughly 3,100 calories. Which is a lot of chicken. “Divide your total calorie intake evenly between proteins, fats and carbohydrates.” The unimaginative processed those calories, the better your results. A chicken knocker with sweet potato and nuts beats the same calories from a Big Mac.

You’ll also be thrilled to hear it’s time to kill the HIIT. “Cut back on any high energy activity that eats into your reserves and begets an additional demand for calories,” says Smith. If you want to husband your fitness – and six-pack – add in one slow, 60-minute run a week. Then start look on down the months till beach season.

The Big Lifts, Big Muscle Workout

“This workout participates a selection of exercises that allow you to train the entire kinetic sequence with heavy weights, which will add an appreciable amount of muscle to placid the slightest of frames.

“Warm up with some foam slip and stretching, then perform each of the exercises in the order required.”


5 Sets Of 5 reps

“This brutal but effective utilization is pretty much a workout on its own and it will add dense, functional muscle to the thighs, in times past and core. Make sure you squat all the way below parallel – the crease of your informs should be below your knees.

“If you can’t do it, reduce the weight until you can and fit in your way back up from there. Take plenty of shelf between sets – you’ll need it.”

How To Do It: Set up in a squat rack, with the influence across your shoulders. Squat down, keeping your disavow straight, until your thighs are parallel with the beat. Drive back up through your heels and repeat.


Bench Press

5 sets of 5 reps

“Performed properly, with grievous weights the bench press is a surefire way to pack on slabs of muscle to the topmost body – particularly the chest, shoulders and triceps.

“When run the exercise, keep your shoulder blades pinched together fully the movement and make sure your elbows are positioned at 45 degrees to your band. This will allow you to lift more weight whilst let up on the risk of shoulder injury. Make sure the bar is lowered all the way down until it class as the chest before pressing it back to the start position.”

How To Do It: Lie down on the bench stress a newspapers and grab the bar with a shoulder-width grip. Lower it, squeezing your honestly blades together, until the bar brushes your nipples. Conduct it up using your chest – make sure you don’t roll your snubs forward. Pause, then repeat.



1 set of 5 reps

“This may not reverberate like much, but a maximal set of heavy deadlifts is more weigh down on your body than a 400m sprint.

“Be sure to steamed up up by performing single reps, increasing the weight on the bar by 5-10kg until you reach your goal weight. To help prevent injury to your lower backside, make sure your brace your abs hard and allude your hips toward the bar by squeezing your glutes.”

How To Do It: Stand behind with a barbell on the floor, in front of your shins. Bend down down and grab the bar with both hands, keeping your millstone on your heels. Drive up to standing, pause, then lop off.