When it comes to impressing women on a biological level, a good physique is only part of the equation. The rest comes from the hormones she can’t help but find attractive. So former British power-lifting champion and exercise scientist David Lewis has created a circuit that uses compound moves to elevate testosterone, aldosterone, serotonin and dopamine – the key “attraction” hormones, according to the Journal of Experimental Psychology. It also cranks up muscular tension, creating vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels) and vascularity (vein definition), which The Biological Basis of Human Behavior reports are the most attractive visual cues to women. Use it wisely: MH won’t be held responsible for the consequences.
Your Hormone-High Workout
Bend the rules of attraction to your will by performing these moves:
1. Trap Bar Dead Lift
This is the patriarch of compound moves; it hits every muscle, particularly your abs. Use the high-handle bar to reduce the chance of injury to your back. Push your hips forwards to lift the bar as explosively as you can. Keep your head up as you lower it to the floor. Do four sets of 10 reps.
2. Swiss Bar Bench Press
Using a Swiss bar delivers more pec development – she’ll appreciate the extra effort. Slowly lower the bar to your chest and hold for two seconds. Press it up as fast as you can. This drives lactic acid to your arms, immediately improving vascularity and driving up testosterone. Do four sets of 10 reps.
3. Weighted Vest Sprint
Yes, it hurts, but this will elicit a metabolic response, flooding your skin with oxygenated blood and endorphins, while strengthening the skin’s collagen. Strap on a weighted vest and run at full pace for 30 seconds. Honest sweat beats any anti-ageing cream. Do four sets of 50 metres or 30 seconds.
4. Viking Press
Now to harness some Norse power. Hold the dumbbells at your shoulders. Aim to make the press as explosive as possible and lower as slowly as you can. This lifts your core temperature, increasing production of the pheromones proven to turn women’s heads. Do four sets of 15 reps.
5. Garhammer Raise
To finish, your obliques: the muscle that impresses her most, according to a survey of female gym-goers. Hang from a chin-up bar; lift your knees as high as possible. Lower slowly, pointing your toes. The slower you go, the more positive hormones you’ll exude. Do four sets of 25 reps.
3 Reasons She’s Drawn to You When Using These Moves:
Pheromones: Rapid increases in your body temperature will ignite pheromones and increase your testosterone and aldosterone levels, which improves vascularity. This then forces your blood to pump out pleasure hormones that an Ohio University study found make you more attractive to the opposite sex.
Pigmentation: The moves boost blood flow by forcing the heart to shunt blood from your lower to upper body, improving both the health and appearance of your skin, found an Edinburgh University study.
Performance: Exercise will fire up your nitric oxide production, which increases vascularity and sends women a subconscious signal that you’d make a good mate.