It’s no secret that Hollywood actors and actresses of the 2000’s have some of the best bodies we’ve ever seen.
With all the Superhero movies popping up left and right, it seems as though we are meeting a new celebrities every single week that’s made some kind of amazing body transformation.
However, when you search around the web, you often find these websites that throw together a workout or two and call it the “Hugh Jackman Workout Plan” or the “Jessica Alba Beach Body Workout.”
What they forget to tell you, are the principles behind WHY these workouts are so effective and HOW you can use them to make your own transformation.
Today, we are going to dive deep into hacking your workouts so that you can see faster results, just like those you see on the big screen.
I’ve divided this post into 3 simple sections to make it easy for you to implement into your workouts.
Each part is incredibly important so make sure you spend some time on each so that you can best utilize these workout tactics.
Tactic #1 – Master the basics…
There are three main movements that ALL workouts should be based around. And those movements are:
Squats, Pulling, and Pushing.
If you’ve got some weights, we’ll throw the Deadlift in there too.
For now though, let’s stick with the first three…
If you look at ANY great workout program, the basics are always the same:
They are based around squatting, pulling, and pushing. Sure there are variations (and lots of them depending on the program), however the MOVEMENTS stay the same.
A Single-Legged Squat is still a Squat.
A Decline Spiderman Pushup is still a Push.
An Assisted Chin-Up is still a Pull.
The first step to hacking your workouts for faster results is to master the basics.
If you can do 50-straight pushups, your chest, shoulders, and arms are going to be pretty dang strong.
If you can do 25 straight pull-ups, your back is going to be super lean and strong (not to mention, you’ll have an amazing looking core!)
It’s great to add variety, but make sure it all comes back to getting you stronger on the three core exercises we just touched on: squats, pulling, and pushing.
Tactic #2 – Focus On ADRENALINE
Adrenaline is the “fight or flight” hormone that your body releases into the blood in times of stress. Whether this is good stress, like that from working out, or bad stress like when you are in a near fender bender on the freeway…
Your body produces adrenaline to either “fight or flight.”
Now there is a way to harness the adrenaline your body produces from your workouts so that you can see…
* Increased Strength * Heightened Senses * Boosted Energy * Better Focus
One of the best ways to increase adrenaline in your workouts is through “intermittent sprinting…”
According to a study done out of Australia, researcher Steve Boutcher states that:
“Intermittent sprinting produces high levels of chemical compounds called catecholamines (adrenaline), which allow more fat to be burned from under the skin and within the exercising muscles. The resulting increase in fat oxidation drives the greater weight loss.”
As a result of this adrenaline increase, participants in the intermittent sprinting group lost 3-times as much fat as the group who did not perform sprints.
Pretty powerful stuff…
There’s of course other ways to increase adrenaline from your workouts which include…
* Sprint intervals * Strength training * Jumping * Fast movements (like plyometrics)
And what’s even better is that research has shown that optimal adrenaline response happens under the 25-minute mark of your workout.
That means you can see ALL the benefits without going over 30-minutes.
Not bad for such a powerful hormone…
Tactic #3 – Keep Your HIC Separate
Either for the end of your workout OR away from your strength training.
HIC, also called High Intensity Cardio, is best when it stays separate from your strength training.
Now this does not mean you can’t do some high intensity strength training because this certainly works…
What I am saying is that your HIGHEST intensity cardio needs to be separate.
The reason for this is because you will be able to focus on that more rather than having to focus on both strength and cardio at the same time.
It’s kind of like trying to be on the phone texting while talking with someone else in front of you…
Neither person is getting your full attention…
Your workouts are the same way…
When it’s time to focus on strength, focus on strength…
When it’s time to focus on cardio, focus on cardio.
Now these three tactics are something that athletes and celebrities alike have been utilizing for years to not only increase performance, but build incredibly lean bodies.