"I can't imagine how much work you put in at the gym to get those arms" someone recently commented while I waited in line for my venti green tea.
While I appreciated the compliment, I actually put in far less gym time than most people guess. Yes, you do have to lift weights and burst train if you want sculpted, strong muscles. However, your workout time should be measured in minutes, not hours.
For my arms, I like to combine about 30 minutes of resistance training twice a week with 10 to 15 minutes of high-intensity interval training on most days. It's the perfect combo to build muscle, burn fat, and prevent overtraining that can lead to muscle breakdown and weight-loss resistance.
But here's the dirty little secret: Great arms mostly happen outside the gym. In fact, you don't need to buy any fancy equipment or join an expensive club to get fit and lean.
What you do during the 23 hours outside your workout every day is just as crucial to building muscle.
Here are five steps that are absolute musts if you want to get fit and lean: