These workouts mean you’ll fill out your shirts and pants a little better, and maybe catch the eye of that leggy brunette grabbing a drink at the bar.
But looking bigger isn’t the only last-minute appearance boost your exercises can help you with. Choosing the right ones can improve your posture, too—making you look taller and leaner, while giving you the kind of presence that’ll make you stand out.
In fact, an expansive, widespread posture—as opposed to a hunched-over one—can help you feel more powerful, increase levels of testosterone, and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a study in Psychological Science found. In short, carry yourself the right way, and it can make you feel powerful, and it may even change your body chemistry, too.
So yes, you should be playing the long game with your fitness routine. But sometimes, you just want a little instant gratification. Men’s Health fitness editor Ebenezer Samuel created this workout for when you just want to look better, right now. You can do all of these exercises for a full body pump and postural reset, or you can pick a few for a quick pre-outing tune up.