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The 7 Best Exercises to Build a Highly Attractive and Aesthetic Physique

Forget women finding you more attractive or other men gawking in awe, looking good naked boosts your own confidence.


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Neeramitra Reddy

4 months ago | 3 min read
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What fitness models and online “coaches” don’t tell you

The fitness industry thrives on misinformation—gimmicky exercises, expensive ineffective workout plans, “magical” b.s. supplements, and fancy pseudo-science diets.

Thanks to this, I wasted years — and only in the past year or two have I been able to revolutionize my physique.

Those shredded fitness models didn’t build their physiques off the b.s. exercises they share—it’s through aesthetic-specific training and a copious amount of steroids.

While you won’t be able to look like a textbook muscular anatomy model naturally, through the right exercises and patience, you can build an eye-pleasing physique.

Forget women finding you more attractive or other men gawking in awe, looking good naked boosts your own confidence.

If you think training to look good is vain or narcissistic, this article isn’t for you.

The 7 Key Aesthetic Muscle Groups

The biggest thing the fitness industry hides from you is — an aesthetic physique isn’t about exercises as much as it’s about specific muscle groups.

Of the 7 aesthetic muscles, most train only 3 — upper pecs, lats, and abs. And sparingly, the side delts.

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By ignoring the rest, you’re drastically cutting yourself short.

Your glutes, forearms, and neck literally contribute the most to your physique — they’re the difference between a normal and a powerful physique.

While a thick neck exudes a masculine aura, a pair of developed forearms make you look jacked in anything you wear.

And big glutes aren’t just for the ladies — surveys have found that most women rank a nice posterior as the most attractive body part!

But it isn’t too late. In fact, since you haven’t been training these body parts, you will experience massive results in a short while — thanks to noobie gains.

Onto the Exercises

Knowing the aesthetic muscle groups alone isn’t helpful — as there are hundreds of different exercises for each of them.

But I’ll save you the hard work — by sharing my top ones — backed both by my experience and the science.

Weighted Pullups

These build your lats — the primary contributor to the ‘V’ look. And no, lat pull-downs don’t even hold a candle to weighted pullups.

This is because of the loading capability and the recruitment of the stabilizer muscles. Pullups hammer your core as well.

Make this one of your primary back movements and perform 2 to 4 sets of 4 to 8 reps twice a week — progressively overload by increasing the weight or reps.

If you can’t do weighted pullups, use this progression = Active hang → Hanging scapular retractions → Pullup negatives → Assisted pullups → Pullups → Controlled pullups → Weighted pullups.

Egyptian Lateral Raises

Most train their front delts aggressively by forgetting that it’s the side delts that build the V-taper.

Compared to traditional lateral raises, Egyptian cable ones involve a longer range of motion and a constant load curve — which increases time under tension. Plus, the strict form eliminates ego-lifting and traps involvement.

Perform 3 to 5 sets of 8 to 15 reps twice a week. Pause at the top and slow down the lowering portion of the rep.

Neck Curls

You’ll be surprised by how freakishly strong you can get at these in a short while — thanks to the large number of androgen receptors in the neck.

Perform 2 to 3 sets of 12 to 30 reps 2–3 times per week. Go down completely, curl using your neck (not your abs), and pause at the top.

Wrist Rolling

Nothing builds freaky forearms as much as this does. By rotating both clockwise and anticlockwise, you can hit both the forearm extensors and flexors — leading to a complete look.

Perform 2 to 4 sets of 12 to 20 reps 2 to 3 times per week. Instead of loading up the weight, really try to squeeze the roller and burn those forearms.

Incline Barbell Chest Press

Arnold loved incline barbell chest presses and had arguably the best-looking chest ever. Coincidence?

Heck no. The incline barbell press hammers your upper chest and, through its capacity for loading, stimulates growth — the likes of which flies or machines can’t provide.

Alternate this with the flat bench as your primary movement. Perform 3 to 5 sets of 6 to 12 reps twice a week — control each rep and lower the bar till it touches your chest.

Barbell Back Squat

After my recent back squat specialization program, my glutes have blown up in both size and strength.

The squat is the king of lower body exercises — any other exercise should be a supplement, not a replacement for this.

Perform 3 to 5 heavy sets of 4 to 8 reps twice a week — and progress by increasing the weight or reps.

Hanging Knee Raises

Weighted pullups and squats hammer your core but that’s mostly the upper abs. To get that adonis belt and jacked lower abs, do controlled-hanging-knee-raises.

Perform 2 to 3 sets of 4 to 12 reps 2 to 3 times per week — try to drive your knees up and into your tummy rather than just up. This is because spinal flexion is the primary function of your abs.

Final Words

While the aforementioned exercises contribute the most to an aesthetic physique, don’t perform only them.

For a well-balanced symmetric physique, you need to train your entire body.

So train every body part but prioritize the aesthetic ones.

But there’s a caveat. As the saying goes, “You can’t chisel a pebble”, first build a firm base of muscle and strength.

Only then focus on the “aesthetic” touch.

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