Last-minute mus­cle

To build your best ever beach body you need to start train­ing months be­fore your hol­i­day. But that doesn’t mean that all is lost if you’ve left your new-body as­pi­ra­tions to the last minute

Men's Fitness - - Contents - Joe Warner, edi­to­rial di­rec­tor @JoeWarn­erUK

The best sum­mer bod­ies are built in win­ter. It’s true. Only by giv­ing your­self enough time is it pos­si­ble to build a big and lean physique. So if you’ve been fol­low­ing MF’s ad­vice this year, well done: you’re all set for a sum­mer look­ing and feel­ing in the shape of your life. If not, and you’re count­ing down how long un­til your beach break in days rather than months, I’ve got my own last-minute hol­i­day deal for you.

We’ve de­signed a torso-trans­form­ing work­out (p62) that will make no­tice­able changes to your physique fast. Is it a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing plan? No. You’re short of time so it’s fo­cused on adding size to those mus­cle groups – shoul­ders, chest and arms – that make the big­gest dif­fer­ence to how good you look with­out a shirt on. So while the plan has no leg work­outs (buy longer trunks) it will build chest and shoul­der width and arm size to not only make your up­per body more buff, but also cre­ate the im­pres­sion of a smaller waist so you can hit the beach with con­fi­dence.

So that’s your end of the deal. What do I want? As soon as you’re back from the beach, get back to the gym. Be­cause if you can build a half-de­cent sum­mer body in 12 days, just think what you can do in 12 months.

Fo­cus on your up­per body to make a real dif­fer­ence to the way you look shirt­less in just a week or two

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