Do you consider yourself a man? How about others, do they consider you a man? Never mind all that biological nonsense; are you a man’s man? Well, if you are unsure of the answer to any of these important questions, let us answer it for you. You are not a man. Not, at least, until you can prove your strength by successfully completing the following, man-only exercise routine.
You may or may not have a cheap gym membership, but all you need to complete this classic workout is heart, and plenty of it. Remember, only real men can do this, so if your masculinity is in doubt, whatever you do, don’t read below:
1. Squats, 5 minutes
Only real men (and many women) can correctly perform the squat. To successfully complete this punishing first part to our man’s man gym routine, you’ll need to add some weights in the form of dumbbells – we recommend a medium-weight set, say around 6kg – which you can gently increase as you get stronger.
Stand with your feet at shoulders’ width apart, palms inwards, back straight. Now lift! Do it again! We want your shoulders back and a tight core throughout. Repeat these squats 15 times. Do three sets of 15 reps. Did you finish? Good, that means you might be a man.
2. Deadlift, 5 minutes
The deadlift is a gym classic. It’s what the gym is all about. It’s what men are all about. Concentrate on maintaining the correct posture – heels firmly on the ground, the full squatting position at the initial phase, a straight line going through the spine, and palms facing you. Now, as you lift, make sure you drive your hips and shoulders upwards with you. When you return the barbell to the ground, don’t drop it, place it on the ground. If you struggle at all to maintain posture, reduce the weight. 3 sets of 15 reps should do it.
This is a fantastic exercise for strength-building across several major muscle groups. Forget the fact that it’s a brilliant workout for anyone who wants better-defined glutes and leaner legs; it was designed by men for men. So you have to be a man to do it.
3. Pull-ups & chin-ups, 4 minutes
If you can’t pull yourself up until your chin touches the bar to which your clenched fists are clinging for dear life then you’re not a man.
Actually, chin-ups are good, too, so incorporate them into your routine. The difference between a pull-up and chin-up is the hand position: pull-ups with your palms facing away (working on your back and biceps), chin-ups with your palms facing you (more focused on your biceps).
Keep your hands just a bit more than a shoulders’ width apart. When you’re hanging down, make sure that you really are at full stretch, pausing a second each time you’re up or down, and using your core strength to avoid any swinging. Once, you’ve got going on these, do 3 of each, 3 times.
Now that’s a serious workout that only men can do you. If you’re not a man and you still successfully complete this gym routine, that’s not the point.
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