Pump up the Volume – By Ken Hunt
Part of the reason actors and models look so toned in the pages of magazines is that they utilize quick workouts that pump up their abs, chests, and arms minutes before baring their bodies. Why shouldn’t you do the same before you hit the beach or that next big event? Here are some suggestions on what to do to look your best. The key is to move as explosively as possible after each exercise. This creates a decent pump without a lot of sweating.
Repeat this at least 4 times —
Do three standard pull-ups. Pause at the top of the third rep, keeping your chin above the bar. Hold for 10 seconds, then lower your body and do three more reps.
Do four standard push-ups. Keep your abs tight and your back straight. On the fourth rep, lower your body until your chest is an inch off the floor and hold for 20 seconds. After the hold, do four more push-ups.
Keep your back straight and bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Push up through your heels. That’s one. Do five. Pause in the low position of the fifth rep. Hold for 30 seconds, then do five more squats.
Hanging Knee Raises
Jump up and grab a bar with an underhand grip. Keep your arms and back straight and raise your knees to your chest. Do six reps; pause at the top of the sixth rep and keep your knees close to your chest. Hold for 40 seconds, and then do six more.
Some other tips to keep in mind-
Minimize your salt intake at least 1 week before the event. We all know salt will make you retain water. And drink more water. And cut back on the alcohol. Watch your intake of health shakes. Pay close attention to the ingredients.
Don’t chew gum—it will trap gases in your stomach and bloat you. The same is true when you drink from a straw. That will trap gas as well.
Cut back on any red meat—alter your diet to include more fruits and veggies it will help keep your system “moving” in the right direction.
Give this a try and get ready to look your best for the next big event!