When it comes to the power dynamics of being jacked, muscular and “big”, I cannot speak with first-hand experience.
I exercise daily and take some martial art class but, on top of being small and naturally thin, “bulking up” has not been one of my goals (yet, you never know in the future).
But I do know there is power in being “big”, and muscles can have a major impact on social power dynamics.
And that’s why I am very happy to introduce the very first guest post of ThePowerMoves.com.
It’s from Jon Anthony.
I loved Jon’s work and he knows what he is talking about when it comes to training and growing muscles.
So take it away, Jon!
We’ve all seen it… some hulking fitness model walks into the club, and all of a sudden, it’s “all eyes on him.” The girls want him, the guys want to be him, and everyone wants to talk to him.
… But why is this?
What causes this primal, animalistic shift in human beings, when they see another human being who’s bigger than they are? Well, to understand, let’s take a look at evolutionary biology, and how it still impacts us to this very day.
The Bigger Caveman
In every single social species across the world, there’s the alpha males, and the beta males. We all know this, but let’s do a quick recap.
Social animals require a social hierarchy – otherwise they wouldn’t know whose direction to follow. In every social species, from wolves to walruses, there’s an alpha male.
In the more animalistic species, size and strength are all that matters. Take elephant seals for example. This species is known for their size and strength, with a typical elephant seal alpha male weighing up to four tons (yes, that’s almost 8,000 pounds).
For these animals, strength reigns supreme. Whichever male in the group is the biggest, sleeps with quite literally, 85% of the females.
Compare this with a more advanced social animal however, such as the chimpanzee. With chimpanzees, strength and size still matter, but what’s more important is social status.
Thanks to Jane Goodall, we now have a very deep understanding of how their social dynamics operate… and there’s one study in particular that illustrates this perfectly.
Upon observing a certain chimpanzee troupe, Jane noticed that one of the chimps was bigger and stronger than the rest. He treated them all like complete garbage however, and always put himself first, even at the cost of the other chimps.
Then however, there was another chimpanzee. He wasn’t as strong as the previous one, but he did numerous social favors for the other chimps – picking their hair clean of bugs, helping take care of the young, and offering food to the others.
When it came down to it, most of the chimps sided with the nicer chimpanzee, because he had amassed more “social status” by helping out his fellow chimps.
Now, don’t get me wrong – in the animal world, size and strength are important. But do you know what’s more important? Social status – and today we’re going to talk about how to get it.
Being Jacked: The Power Dynamics
Every animal on the planet has one objective: to pass their genes into the next generation, and give them the past chance of surviving (see “The Selfish Gene“).
It’s that simple.
So, with that in mind, why does being jacked have such a huge impact on your social status? It’s quite simple, really. Being jacked shows you’re physically superior. That’s it.
The benefits of being jacked go beyond simply attracting women, too. There’s a theory in evolutionary biology which states that if another animal can help you gain access to other opportunities which would benefit your survival, you will befriend that animal.
Unconsciously, when people see a jacked man, they internalize two things:
- He Probably Has Access to Lots of Women
- He Could Help Me Gain Status if He’s My Friend
It sounds shallow, and while human beings aren’t all manipulative and fake, each and every one of us has a certain degree of these elements inside of us.
Being friends with the jacked guy means that women will come up and talk to him, and eventually, talk to you, too (through proxy).
Being friends with the jacked guy means that he will have your back in a social conflict… and everyone wants to be the jacked guy’s friend when social conflict arises.
This is why being jacked changes the power dynamics. Fundamentally, life is, at its core, the struggle for SPACE. Land, resources, and territory are deeply ingrained in our minds.
That’s why alpha male body language typically takes up more room.
And what better of a way to do that, than to ACTUALLY have your body take up more room, by being jacked?
When most men see a jacked fitness model, they typically have one of two responses:
- Get Needy/Jealous
- Want to Befriend Him
Here’s a tip, gentlemen: those guys who get needy and jealous of the fitness model?
Those are beta males, who are insecure about their status.
Those guys who want to befriend him? They’re other alpha males who recognize the power of connecting with another alpha male.
Keep that in mind.
The Social Benefits of Being Jacked
You’ve heard the PUA concept of peacocking, right?
It’s an idea that stems from the peacock, an animal which prides itself on having the most colorful, gorgeous tail of feathers (see “The Game” and “The Mystery Method“).
Now, why would an animal evolve such a tail, you might ask. It certainly draws more attention from predators, so wouldn’t that be a bad thing?
Funny enough, it does draw more attention from predators, and that’s exactly why it’s a GOOD THING. If a peacock has a giant, colorful tail of feathers, what does that signal to the females?
“This peacock is so good at surviving, that even with a giant, colorful tail, the predators still can’t get him. Mating with him would give me the best genes, period.”
The same concept applies to human beings, and the same concept applies to being jacked.
So, with that in mind, here’s some of the social benefits of being jacked:
- More Female Attraction (Obviously)
- More Male Attention (Good and Bad)
- Passive Shit Test to Men (A Chance to Catapult Your Status)
- The Halo Effect
The biggest benefit, in my opinion, of being jacked, is the halo effect.
It’s a social dynamic that basically states you get all sorts of benefits for looking attractive.
Again, why is this?
It’s because being friends with an attractive person, means that by proxy, you will probably be introduced to other attractive people.
It’s why hot girls always hang around other hot girls.
So, with that in mind, let me tell you a quick story… and then share some insider secrets on how you can get jacked faster, to reap the social benefits.
A Fitness Model’s Perspective
This article is a little bit difficult for me to write, because I’d much rather say that being jacked is all that matters… but it isn’t (and that’s coming from a professional fitness model).
Being jacked does change the social dynamics, however – and if you can develop strong social skills, AND be jacked at the same time? Being the alpha male is like shooting fish in a barrel.
The funny thing is, too, being jacked is almost like a passive shit test towards the alpha males in the room. They sense the energy shift, and immediately test your frame to see how strong it is.
You know what a shit test is, right? It’s when you test someone’s frame and status.
Those pictures above were some recent pictures I took of myself. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty jacked – hell, I get jacked for a living. In fact, let me tell you a story.
A while ago I walked into a bar with my girlfriend, and the second we walked in, the energy shifted in our direction. Now, from a social perspective, why was this?
- I’m Jacked (And It Shows)
- I Have Alpha Male Body Language
- I Have A Sexy Girlfriend
- We’re Both Grounded in Our Own Energy
That’s pretty much it.
We didn’t even have to say a word, and the energy immediately shifted towards us. A big part of this, was me being jacked.
Shortly afterwards, one of the guys in the bar (who knew some game) came up and tried to steal my girlfriend. It clearly wasn’t working, so he tried to shit test me.
Damn dude, look at that chest!
he told me, trying to butter me up, or get me self-qualifying.
Your boyfriend’s so sexy damn, how much do you lift dude? Stop it, I can’t compete with this!
He kept on going, in an attempt to get me self-qualifying.
Of course, it failed miserably, and only made me look better. You would not believe how insecure most guys get when they see a guy who’s in way better shape than they are.
So, by now, I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself: “That sounds great… but how can I get jacked? Doesn’t that take a lot of time?”
Well, fortunately not… if you follow these three tips.
The Difference I Noticed
I’m sure a lot of you are reading this, and thinking:
“That’s great, Jon! But is it really worth it to put in the extra effort?”
The answer is an unequivocal yes. When I was skinny, I still got female attention, but it was nothing compared to what it is now.
Before, I used to maybe get a few girls interested in me here and there… but now, it’s literally like shooting fish in a barrel.
I was at the pool the other day, and two girls lying down, tanning, literally yelled out to me: “Hey, babe,” while they were playing with their hair. I went over to them, chatted for 5 minutes, got their numbers, and left.
Now, to be fair, this doesn’t usually happen – usually girls just give you strong IOI’s, but a lot of the time, they’ll actually open YOU when you’re jacked.
Why is this? Three big reasons:
- You’re More Attractive (Obviously)
- It’s Socially Acceptable
- The Power of Pre-Selection
The first reason is obvious. Being jacked means you’re more physically attractive. No shit.
The real magic lies in the other two, however.
First off, think about it from a girl’s perspective – she runs the risk of being “slut shamed” if she opens guys too readily.
But, when she sees all of her friends checking you out? Now it becomes a fun game between the girls – “who can get the jacked guy to come talk to us first?” That’s pre-selection for you.
She sees that her friends are checking you out, so it’s suddenly “socially acceptable” for her to approach you. It feels normal and acceptable, because her friends instantly approve.
It’ similar to when a group of 3-4 guys sees a REALLY hot girl, and they egg each other on to go talk to her. Think of it like that, except it’s girls egging each other on, to talk to YOU!
That’s how incredible it is.
I remember another time I was at the pool (I go there a lot to show off the gains), and a girl literally came up and started flirting with us.
“You’re cooking hamburgers? Oh wow, those look so good…” she said. “You can have one,” I told her, since we had a bunch. “Oh, really? No… I don’t want it for free, can I do something for you instead?” she said.
I literally felt like I was in a porno or something.
One of the beta males in the group immediately cock blocked the situation, because he never gets approached, but I wasn’t even mad. How can you be, when you can just get another girl in minutes?
On top of this, getting girls on Tinder is literally like shooting fish in a barrel. I get opened on Tinder all the time, and girls will literally throw their numbers and Snapchats at me.
I know all of this sounds hard to believe, but believe me when I tell you this… Getting jacked has changed my life more than almost anything else, and it can change yours too, if you give it a try.
3 Tips to Get Jacked Faster
Obviously, being physically superior is a huge attraction trigger. Girls are naturally attracted to men who are physically superior, which is why they go crazy over jocks in high school, and professional athletes in the real world.
This is female hypergamy at work.
We all want to be jacked – and we all can, too. What’s important is that you stay consistent, and follow the fundamentals, however.
Find a good workout routine and stick to it. Count your calories, and get more than enough protein. We all know these things. It’s nothing new.
But, I’m here to share a few of the secrets I’ve picked up along the way, that you can use to literally 3x or even 4x the speed of your recovery, fat loss, and muscle growth.
Tip #1 – Intermittent Fasting
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting is highly beneficial to your hormone profile.
… And you know what that means, right? It means more testosterone, which means you build muscle more easily, and in way less time.
Personally, I follow the 16-8 model, which means you restrict your eating to an 8-hour window.
So, if you wake up at 8am, only eat from 2pm to 10pm. This is the most common form of intermittent fasting, and in my opinion, the most effective.
Tip #2 – Utilize High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, or HIIT for short, is a form of exercise that’s extremely intense for a short period of time.
If you think about it, this naturally mimics our evolutionary conditions. Do you think cavemen were going on a 3-hour jog every other day? Of course not!
They were lightly walking around for most of the time, and then immediately sprung into action when they were hunting down an animal, or running from a predator.
To do HIIT, you simply sprint for 30 seconds, and then rest for a minute and a half. You repeat this 4-5 times, or to start, just 2-3 times.
So, for example, your HIIT session might look something like this:
- 3 Minute Warm Up
- 30 Seconds of Sprinting (or Going All Out on the Elliptical)
- 90 Seconds of Light Walking (to Recover)
- Repeat This Cycle 4-5x (30 seconds sprinting, 90 seconds walking, etc.)
The beauty of HIIT is you only have to do it once or twice a week to gain the benefits… and the benefits are abundant. Similar to intermittent fasting (IF), your testosterone will skyrocket.
Tip #3 – Use The Sauna
Studies have shown that using the sauna just 15 minutes a few times a week can yield massive benefits for your hormones, recovery time, and heart health.
Once I started using the sauna for 15 minutes post-workout, I noticed the following benefits:
- Faster Recovery
- Relaxed Muscles (No More Knots & Tight Muscles)
- Better Sleep
- Overall Health/Wellness Improvement
Just adding in a quick sauna session post-workout can do wonders for your health, and best of all, it will help you get jacked way faster than you thought possible.
Summary: Being Jacked Gets You Instant Social Status
In conclusion, human beings are social animals, but we still value strength and size when choosing our alpha males. The world is a scary place sometimes, and we feel safer when we’re led by a man who’s physically outstanding.
…and while being jacked won’t cure all of your social issues, when you get jacked in conjunction with learning some of the power moves we talk about here, your life will 10x in every way.
Getting jacked will take some time, and in fact, it will sometimes draw negative attention in your direction. Other men will test you, and talk shit about you… because deep down, they know that their girl would rather fuck you instead.
Just stay the course, and don’t let it get to you. Life is a marathon, not a sprint… and I’m convinced that if you put in the work, you will completely transform your physique in just a few short months, and completely transform your social life in the process.