Let’s face it, having a flat stomach and no bingo wings are no longer enough to make an impression down on the beach or poolside these days, with people wanting to see rippling muscles and bulging six-packs.
While some sports will keep you fit and others will make you strong, there are only a finite few whose training regimes guarantee the physique of a Greek god.
Here are 4 of the sports you need to ditch your exercise bike and treadmill for.
Getting ripped is no longer simply a male life goal, with women now getting in on the act as well
Whether it be boxercise or a hardcore boxing gym, pugilism and the training it demands is as strenuous as anything else out there.
A killer combination of fat-burning cardio and strength exercises means this is one sport, that if dedicated to, can lead to impressive gains. With what you pick up in the boxing gym you may even find yourself confident enough to place a free bet on an upcoming fight, realizing that one fighter has taken training shortcuts that his opponent has not.
Combine your boxing workouts with weight training and you will be amazed by the results
It may not be as testosterone-driven as boxing, but you only need to take one look at an Olympic swimmer to know the sort of shape swimming can get you in. Working virtually every muscle in your body, churning out laps of the pool will have you shedding pounds and pumping up those guns.
Before you know it you’ll be able to pull off those tight swim shorts Daniel Craig’s James Bond wears, strutting up the beach with all eyes on you.
Imagine trying to avoid drowning, combined with swimming and occasionally standing on an unpredictable balance board, all at the same time, and you’re somewhere close to understanding what surfing is all about. Do that day-in day-out for long enough and you can’t help but get ripped.
Mix in a few push-ups and additional strength exercises when you’re not out on the water and soon enough you’ll be channeling your inner Kelly Slater whilst getting wolf whistled by bikini-clad babes and chunky hunks alike.
Okay, so this one is a bit out of left field, but tell us this: have you ever seen a ballet dancer that isn’t shredded? Although it may take some time for you to get used to the classical music and leotards, all that toe-pointing and pirouetting will pay off in the long run.