When it comes to exercising and accentuating the parts of your body that make you more attractive, you might focus your energies on your abs, or biceps, or even your glutes. All of which are admirable goals. But there is one specific part of the human anatomy which is almost universally accepted as hot these days, and if you’re not giving it your attention, then you are leaving thirst on the table.
I am talking, of course, about your forearms.
The hotness of the rolled-up shirtsleeve and exposed, muscular, slightly hairy forearm has been known for a long time, especially among avid readers in the romance fiction community, where this is a full-blown sexy trope. It signifies strength, safety, and a metaphorical unbuttoning: here, the forearms say, is a man who’s willing to get his hands dirty and put in the work.
But forearms truly erupted into the public consciousness as a thirst hazard thanks to beloved actor Stanley Tucci, who regularly rocks a Henley with artfully-yet-casually tugged-up sleeves. Whether it’s on the cover of his cookbook, or while skilfully preparing a cocktail via livestream to a doting audience during lockdown, Tucci exhibits the platonic ideal of sexy forearms. Not that you need to be a movie star of Italian descent with an especially hirsute brachioradialis to be able to tap into that same appeal.
“The truth is that every man has nice forearms, even if he couldn’t haul my decidedly unwaiflike bod five feet across his fluorescent-lit cubicle,” wrote Mel Magazine‘s Serena Golden. “All forearms (except Paul Ryan’s) are hot — hairy or smooth, pale or dark, thin or fat or muscular, doesn’t matter — and all men so fortunate as to possess a pair can engage in some of the activities that best display them.”
Want to make the most of your forearms? Here are some simple steps to follow.
First and foremost, when wearing a long-sleeved shirt, roll up your sleeves. However, be careful not to roll them up too far: the material should still sit comfortably below your elbow, hugging your forearm and making it look nice and muscular. Styling expert Alex Costa also recommends experimenting with trimming your arm hair to show off your muscle definition, although your mileage may vary here—for some, the hair is part of the whole forearm experience.
To maximize the power of your pronators, however, you’ll want to give them some TLC in your workouts. “It’s easy to do 1 or 2 forearm exercises at the end of a standard workout. Just do 2 to 3 sets of each move,” advises Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel C.S.C.S. “Forearms are much like calves and abs, too: They’re a muscle group that should get routine work almost every day. That means you don’t need to take a ‘rest’ day from training forearms. Don’t be afraid to inject them into 5 to 6 days a week of training; your grip strength will benefit and it can be trained with that kind of frequency.”
Here are some of the best moves to include in your next training session for bigger, stronger forearms.
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