The ottermode body type, or swimmer's physique, is an appealing combination of low body fat and high muscle tone without bulk. If broad shoulders, six-pack abs, and a classic V shape sound good to you, here's how to get it.
- Step 1: Keep track of your progress. The goal is to look proportional, not build one part of your body bigger than the others. Think sleek, strong, and athletic.
- FACT: A 2007 British survey found that about 20 percent of men in their early 20s said that they have taken protein supplements to try and bulk up, compared with 11 percent of men over 35.
- Step 2: Eat nutritious, muscle-building foods, including lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. Cutting out excess fat and sugar and eating right will help you get results faster.
- Step 3: Aim for about 12 percent body fat -- the ideal swimmer's body -- which shows muscle definition. Dipping below this number will give you too lean a look -- like a long distance runner.
- Step 4: Do interval training, which alternates bursts of intense activity with periods of lighter activity. Swim, run, cycle, use a rowing machine, or combine activities, as long as you're interval training and reducing body fat.
- TIP: Interval training, once only practiced by professional athletes, causes fat to burn in less time.
- Step 5: Focus on weight training to get the high level of muscle tone of the ottermode. Deadlifts, bench presses, sit-ups, and chin-ups are great for building your upper body to get the classic V shape.