being beauty: 3 / guys or dolls


It’s hard to give nice tips from our travels around the web to make a guys life easier. Well, there is no way out of love so, there must be one (at least) to get out of shape…it just happens. And the egg and the chicken problem comes around. either way, conformism don’t really cut it in our editorials, so grab your pants and get ready to be in the best shape ever.

so…the hard facts: Studies show attractive students get more attention and higher evaluations from their teachers, good-looking patients get more personalized care from their doctors, and handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts. But how much do looks matter at work?

As Kate Lorenz gives us the facts in her article:

“The ugly truth, according to economics professors Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas and Jeff Biddle of Michigan State University, is that plain people earn 5 percent to 10 percent less than people of average looks, who in turn earn 3 percent to 8 percent less than those deemed good-looking.

These findings concur with other research that shows the penalty for being homely exceeds the premium for beauty and that across all occupations, the effects are greater for men than women.

A London Guildhall University survey of 11,000 33-year-olds found that unattractive men earned 15 percent less than those deemed attractive, while plain women earned 11 percent less than their prettier counterparts.

In their report “Beauty, Productivity and Discrimination: Lawyers’, Looks and Lucre,” Hamermesh and Biddle found that the probability of a male attorney attaining early partnership directly correlates with how handsome he is.

Size matters, too. A study released last year by two professors at the University of Florida and University of North Carolina found that tall people earn considerably more money throughout their careers than their shorter co-workers, with each inch adding about $789 a year in pay.

A survey of male graduates of the University of Pittsburgh found that the tallest students’ average starting salary was 12 percent higher than their shorter colleagues’. The London Guildhall study showed that overweight women are more likely to be unemployed and that those who are working earn on average 5 percent less than their trimmer peers.

According to Dr. Gordon Patzer, who has spent more than three decades studying and writing about physical attractiveness, human beings are hard-wired to respond more favorably to attractive people. Even studies of babies show they will look more intently and longer at prettier faces.

“Good-looking men and women are generally judged to be more talented, kind, honest and intelligent than their less attractive counterparts,” Patzer says. “Controlled studies show people go out of their way to help attractive people — of the same and opposite sex — because they want to be liked and accepted by good-looking people.”

These conclusions may not sound too pretty to those of us who were dealt a bad hand in the looks department. But don’t rush off to try out for the next round of “Extreme Makeover” just yet.

Despite what the research says, some of the world’s most successful people have been ordinary looking at best, and you would never mistake the faces in Fortune for those in Esquire or Entertainment Weekly. Business legends are often of average height (Bill Gates at 5 feet 9 inches) or even diminutive (Jack Welch, 5 feet 8 inches, and Ross Perot, 5 feet 7 inches). What’s more, many folks who are lovely to look at complain that they lose out on jobs because people assume they are vacuous or lightweights.

How does this reconcile with all the research? Hiring managers say it is the appearance of confidence they find attractive, not the presence of physical beauty. And they contend that attractiveness has more to do with how you carry yourself and the energy you exude — rather than having perfect features or a great physique.

According to Gordon Wainright, author of “Teach Yourself Body Language,” anyone can increase their attractiveness to others if they maintain good eye contact, act upbeat, dress well (with a dash of color to their wardrobe) and listen well.

Wainright also stresses the importance of posture and bearing and suggests that for one week you stand straight, tuck in your stomach, hold your head high and smile at those you meet.

Based on many such experiments, Wainwright predicts you will begin to be treated with more warmth and respect and start attracting more people to you.”

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Well, reality bites. And bites hard with nice white teeth. So we took into serious account Mike Fitch advice for There it goes:

One of my favorite aspects of bodyweight training is how its underlying simplicity is so scalable, from basic to extremely advanced levels. So, today I’m going to highlight an outdoor bodyweight workout for lower and upper body that can be done at basic, intermediate or advanced levels, which was featured in an article about Global Bodyweight Training in last month’s Men’s Health South Africa, called “The Evolution of Exercise”. Click here to read the complete Men’s Health article as a PDF.

I’m pretty excited with how the Men’s Health article takes the time to explain the Global Bodyweight Training system, and in particular to demonstrate how the progressions work:

With GBT you start with the Basic exercises outlined below and then, after you’ve mastered those, you can progress to Intermediate and Advanced. “Since you can’t add more weight, you have to challenge yourself by decreasing your leverage, which means that gravity makes you work harder,” says Fitch. Don’t be frustrated if you can’t do the more advanced moves; there are still techniques that will take Fitch another two years to master. “There is no limit to the challenges you set yourself, and by starting this you’ll realise just how much incredible potential your body has,” Fitch explains.

Following is a brief recap of the basic, intermediate, and advanced versions of the upper and lower body routine featured in the article. Click on the thumbnail to the right of each section below to see the whole page with the detailed instructions and photos.


Mike Fitch - Global Bodyweight Training - Men's HealthBasic Bodyweight Workout

The basic outline for this workout is made up of eight different exercises. The movements are divided into four lower body movement patterns (Squat, Lunge, Step Up, Deadlift) and four upper body patterns (Vertical Push, Vertical Pull, Horizontal Push, Horizontal Pull). Now don’t be fooled, just because this says “basic” doesn’t mean that it’s easy! The only tools I used in the beginner workout is a pair of gymnastic rings, which you can get HERE.

Just as a side note, the exercise that is labeled V Shoulder Press is actually a Pike Push Up. The Pike Push Up is our Vertical Pushing pattern. Even though the body is inverted, it still simulates an overhead press. Also, when performing a bodyweight Deadlift, remember that it is more of a hip dominant movement and the emphasis should be placed on the glutes.


Mike Fitch - Global Bodyweight Training Men's HealthIntermediate Bodyweight Workout

In the intermediate section we’ve now either increased the complexity of the movement variations or increased the amount of your own bodyweight you need to use. We’ve also begun to add in some plyometric movements. For example, for our Push Up, we’ve added in a leg and arm movement which adds more complexity and requires more stabilization. The Pull/Chin Up has turned into a climber which is a more difficult variation of the vertical pull. For the Row, we’ve raised the legs and extended the knees. This increases the percentage of your own bodyweight that you are rowing. Our Pike Push Up has been replaced by a supported Handstand Push Up. The squat has progressed into a plyometric Spider Man jump, adding in some explosive power. The Lunge is now multi-directional which changes the emphasis on the lower body muscles. The Step Up is now a Lateral Step down, focusing on the “negative” or lowering portion of the movement, as well as using the adductors (inner thigh). We’ve changed our regular Deadlift into more of a Stiff Leg version for hamstrings, lower erectors and glutes.


Global Bodyweight Training - Mike Fitch Men's Health South AfricaAdvanced Bodyweight Workout

For the advanced section we’ve taken all eight exercises and continued to progress their difficulty. Our Push Up has now become a Behind the Back Clap Push Up, which requires a tremendous amount of explosive power as well as the challenge of decelerating the bodyweight on the way back down. In the Body Row, we’ve taken the legs and pulled them into a Front Lever Tuck position which requires you to pull all of your own bodyweight in a horizontal pull. If you spend enough time and practice With the third exercise, you can move away from the wall and take your Supported Handstand Push Up into the Unsupported version. This movement requires an incredible amount of strength and stability. The last upper body exercise is the L-Sit Chin/Pull Up. This movement is a killer variation for working the Abdominals, hip flexors and Quads in addition to the original vertical pulling muscles.

All of the lower body exercises have either progressed to plyometric versions or single leg movements. The Step Up is now an alternating Jump Step for explosive vertical height. The Pistol Squat is the advanced version of the Squat and one of my favorites. It’s an exercise that challenges both your hip and ankle stability as well as over all leg strength. The Lunge has also become an explosive version or plyometric movement. Lastly we changed the Deadlift into a hip dominant single leg exercise.

So as you can see, bodyweight training has a tremendous range for whatever your current fitness level is. The same basic movements can be made more complex and more challenging with modifications as you advance. Keep having fun with it!
And be sure to check out the complete Men’s Health article HERE.

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