Regardless of style, there’s one detail that all suits, from the baggy business ones to slim-fitting tuxedos, invariably share: two lapels tapering to form a “V” shape. That’s because a good suit is supposed to create the illusion of a muscular body, accentuating the shoulders and narrowing the waist.
The idea, of course, is to project power. The same principle applies when you’re not wearing a suit. And this summer, you’re likely to find yourself wearing a T-shirt far more often than a three-piece, so now’s the time to start cutting the impressive figure you deserve.
T-Shirt Style Tips
Proper Fit: A proper fitting t-shirt should fit snug (not tight) through the torso. It should also be just long enough that it covers the waistband of your jeans.The sleeves of your t-shirt should hit right around the midpoint of your biceps.
Say No To Deep V-Necks: A trend I’ve been noticing more and more are the deep v neck t-shirts. Avoid these types of t-shirts because they look just plain weird on men. You can call me sexist all you want but showing cleavage should only be within the purview of the female gender in my opinion. If you are going to wear a v-neck t-shirt (which I highly recommend), make sure that the v-neck is not too deep. The purpose here is to have the shirt frame your face, not set you up for a nip slip.
10 Minute T-Shirt Workout
Run through the moves as many times as you can in the time you have available, up to a maximum of four circuits. Take no rest after each move and 60 seconds rest after each run through. Up your number of reps for each circuit. Sounds simple enough, but I assure you this is intense.
Circuit 1: 10 reps
Circuit 2: 15 reps
Circuit 3: 20 reps
Circuit 4: 25 reps
1. Walking lunges with bicep curl
Holding a dumbbell by your sides in each hand, lunge forward so your back knee is almost scraping the ground. At the bottom position of the lunge, curl the dumbbells up towards your shoulders. This engages the all important postural muscles and works the medial head of the shoulders. This is the muscle that makes it look like you left your coathanger in your T-shirt.
2. Standing squat with lateral raise
Again, holding two dumbells by your sides, squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Push back upwards through your heels and as you do so raise the dumbbells out to your side to form a capital ‘T’ shape. Keep the dumbells six inches from your legs at all times to maintain tension on your deltoids.
3. Spiderman press-ups
Perform a normal press-up but at the bottom position bring your right knee forward towards your right elbow. Push back up to the start position, and repeat the move, alternating knees with each rep. This hits the pecs, core, triceps and the all-important delts to fill out your tee.
4. Dumbbell press-ups
With your hands up off the floor holding on to two dumbbells, perform a press-up. This is a great a finisher for the pecs. Ensure you go all the way down, so your chest is almost scraping the floor. Then push up explosively.
5. Seated bent over rear deltoid raises
Sit on the edge of a bench or chair and bend forward at the waist, keeping your back straight. With a slight bend in your elbows, lift the weights up to your sides until both arms are parallel to the floor.
Now just the three more circuits and you can relax…