The Hottest Vanity Muscles—and How to Get Them

The world's top celebrity trainers share their exercises, workouts, and tips. See also our tour of the best celebrity muscles.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Once upon a time, men were judged by their shoes. And to be fair, what you put on your feet still matters … but not as much as the definition of your deltoids or the bulk of your biceps. You're strapped with some 800 muscles, but when it comes to looking your best at the beach, only a fraction of them truly matter. They're vanity muscles and are the stuff of raw sexual power. "I call them the action-hero muscles, the muscles that everyone lusts after," says Ashley Borden, the Hollywood trainer who helped Ryan Gosling carve the body that later should have won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Six-Pack in Crazy, Stupid, Love. "Pure and simple, when people see them, they imagine you naked." We've rounded up the top training tricks to help you better brand your body's sexiest selling points. Swimsuit season is on the horizon, so focus on these for a while and fun times will follow.


The Move: Standing One-Arm Cable Curl
Bobby Strom, the trainer who helped sculpt Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively in Green Lantern, swears by this cheat-free move. Grab a high cable handle with one hand and walk to the other side of the station. Hold on to the machine's frame with your free hand. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and with the cable at shoulder height; keep your arm parallel to the floor. With your elbow steady, curl the handle toward your head. (Holding on to the frame will prevent you from using your momentum.)

See Ryan Reynolds' biceps.

Grooming by Sydney Zibrak at The Wall Group, Casting by Edward Kim at The Edit Desk
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