If you rather spend time in Riker’s Island than your local gym, you may want to consider taking up a sport to get your fitness fix. However, most sports do little to get your body ready for the beach. Stick with these sports that are not only fun, but build a muscular, lean physique.
The era of the “skinny swimmer” has come to an end. Michael Phelps has redefined not only what a swimmer does, but what he looks like. Swimming with modern day training techniques, including underwater resistance training and sprinting, can give you jacked triceps and an 8-pack to show off poolside.
If you want tree trunk legs and a lean frame, pick up a soccer ball and hit the field! Not only is soccer a blast to play, but studies show that it burns fat better than traditional workouts. Best of all, you don’t need a ton of equipment to play. Just look up your local league or pick-up group on craigslist or Meetup.com and have some fun while crafting a killer bod.
Most sports are cardio focused. This makes them great for burning fat, but not so hot in the muscle-building department. That’s why rock climbing is a great way to have fun and get ripped at the same time. It’s a true total body workout. With rock gyms popping up everywhere you can now rock climb no matter what it’s like outside.
Mixed Martial Arts
Possibly the fastest growing sport in the world, MMA is one of the best ways to reshape your body (and possibly your face). MMA training is an incredibly intense workout that hits your body from a variety of angles.
Just look at top MMA fighters like George St. Pierre and you’ll see why lots of people are putting down their weights and picking up a set of gloves.
If rugby players didn’t drink their weight in beer every week, more of them might have a body worth bragging about. On the other hand, the ones that don’t drink are a hearty combination of big, strong, and fast.
Ever see a scrawny hockey player? Me neither. Hockey works your body from head to toe, giving you a body so hot it may melt the ice.