Getting into fitness modeling is not a walk in the park. Often, male models look at successful models and think that it's easy getting into the industry. But that is not exactly true. There is a lot of work to do. For instance, you are unlikely to become a successful fitness model if you don't have six-pack abs to show off.
Having visible abs is one of the first requirements to fitness modeling and certainly helps you to take better fitness photos. With more photos and experience, you can build a stronger portfolio, which will lead to even more modeling assignments. So how exactly do you go about acquiring the perfect model abs? Here are some useful tips.
Tip 1: Workout intensely and build up your athletic ability. Forget about those leisure walks in the park! To get a well-defined abs, you need to work-out intensely so that you burn off as much fat as possible. You must also try to build up lean muscle mass at the same time. Having more lean muscle will boost your metabolism and help you maintain a lean muscular physique. Plan your workouts and make sure you stick to the plan! For instance, it's common for fitness models to work out in the gym at least 4 to 5 times per week. That leaves 2 to 3 days for recovery. Each session should last about an hour or so.
Tip 2: Watch your nutrition. This is the second element of your formula for success. Some people think that they can eat whatever they want because they are exercising to burn off fat. That is just not true! You cannot eat just anything and your diet should always compliment your workout! If you eat junk food, your body will soon become weaker and your workouts will become less effective.
Watching your nutrition means you should eat as cleanly as possible. Consume more protein for muscle recovery and to boost muscle growth. Watch every shred of food that you put in your mouth and don't let oily or fatty foods dominate your daily diet. Work off your daily caloric intake and have the discipline to not exceed your daily targeted calories. Watching your diet doesn't mean you should starve yourself. But you should eat good, clean, whole foods so that your body doesn't store fat. In time, your abs will start to become more visible.
Tip 3: Don't forget cardio workouts! Lifting weights in the gym is great, and such exercises will help you build big muscles very quickly. But to get a lean and cut physique, you need to do some cardiovascular exercises as well to help burn off excess fat. Do your cardio workouts right after your resistance training. Spend between 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill, stair master or elliptical trainer. You can also go outdoors for a good run if you like.