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Key exercises to impress your first date

Feb 6th, 2013

Key exercises to impress your first date

Here’s the scenario….You’re out and about doing errands and you suddenly see a girl that catches your eye. You decide to take action there because those clips you’ve seen on “pick up” and mystery’s pick up technique tells you that you have 3 seconds to make a move or you end up hesitating. Amazingly she’s giving you all the “IOI’s” and “kino” and you end up number closing her.
Boom! Nice….

If you aren’t so bold the scenario could end up like this…You’ve succumb to one of the thousand adverts for various dating websites and you’ve set up an online dating profile. You eventually find a good match and you’ve scheduled a date/time and place.

Good job!

As time passes by you start thinking, what should I wear, do I need to buy more clothes? should you cut your beard a few days before so you have enough stubble but not too much! ?

More time passes by and you eventually calm your nerves and think about places to take your date.

Now assuming it’s Monday and you’ve set up a date for the weekend you have roughly 5-6 days to get ready.

Follow the steps below to find out what the key exercises are to impress your first date.

Dumbbell Incline chest press – 4×8 – (3 sec eccentric) incline chest press

According to EMG studies, researchers wanted to find out which exercise was the best at activating a muscle and as it happens the best exercise was the incline chest press.

To perform, raise the seat to an appropriate level, (raising it too high will cause the shoulders to work more than the pecs), aim for a 45 degree angle. Push the weight up explosively at full range and slowly lower the weight  down for 3 secs.

Chin up – 4×5 – 5 sec eccentric

The chin up is an important part of any routine as it targets all your “show muscles” think biceps, back and rear deltoids (shoulders). The most important part of this exercise is the “dropping” phase, you want to be able to drop slow as 5 seconds. This forces your biceps and back muscles to contract to slow the movement down.
Strength coaches understand that to build muscle time under tension is an important factor to consider when designing a good “hypertrophy” programme.

chin up 2



The chin up is an incredibly challenging exercise and the truth is most people can’t perform this exercise without help.
The next best thing is the modified body row, which is still a powerful exercise in its own right.

Inverted Bodyweight Row – 4×10-15

modified row


As you can see from the picture, the lady is performing the exercise with knee’s bent but she’s using a pronated grip (hands facing forward), what I want you to do is perform the exercise with your hands facing towards you.
This will put more emphasis on the biceps as well more focus on the back.

Make sure that you pull and retract your shoulders back rather than allow it to round forward.

Here’s an example –

The lady seen in the pink top has perfect form where her shoulders are pulled back. Unfortunately the man in the blue is finding this a little bit difficult and his shoulders are starting to elevate and round forward.
You can also notice the trainer standing in the background not really looking at his technique or modifying it. BAD TRAINER!

There you have it, 2/3 exercises that will help you look great on your date, hopefully knowing that you’ve done all you can physically will also improve your confidence.

The moral is, it doesn’t matter how you look as long as you have confidence.

Have a great date and let me know how you get on  😉

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