Certain activities encourage your masculine to thrive much more than others.
Professional boxers have specific habits that they implement in the moments leading up to a fight that get them in peak mental condition to win. And I would wager (the science is still out on this particular example) that fighters who shadowbox to their favourite AC/DC song are going to fair better than the opponent that is playing guitar and singing lullabies.
By encouraging your masculine energy to grow you will feel increased drive, focus, libido, and will find yourself overcoming challenges in your life like you never thought possible.
Here are eight powerful exercises to increase your masculine energy.
1. Work Out In A Challenging Way
An intense workout filled with heavy weights, body weight exercises, and different forms of challenging your body will put you into your masculine faster than almost anything else.
Vigorous exercise gives you an endorphin rush, a boost of testosterone production, and allows you to sweat out all of your stresses. It’s good for your health, sex drive, and self-esteem.
Focus on compound and body weight exercises (squats, dead lifts, pull ups, pushups) for maximum masculine energy.
2. Assume The Position
When you physically do something, your mind follows. For example, when you smile a big goofy smile it gives your brain a small surge of dopamine (happy chemicals).
Try this exercise for a surge of masculine energy into your blood stream.
Stare with complete focus at something (a wall, a photo, or into a partners eyes if you want a real challenge) in an aggressive way. Squint your eyes, furrow your brow ridge, flare your nostrils a bit, let your breathing pick up it’s pace somewhat… do everything that feels natural when you go for the aggressive/intimidating set of emotions in your body.
Then, once you’ve done this, start growling in a low, stomach rumbling way. Subtle is better here. You’re not growling like a territorial dog, but more like a boat engine that’s just starting up.
In the status hierarchy of a tribe of lions, it is the attacking lion that makes much more noise than the tribal leader. The tribal leader is secure in his position and therefore doesn’t need to put forth as much effort to intimidate. So less is more.
Testosterone is the sex and aggression hormone. So what better way to get a rush of it then to consciously practice aggression.
(Dummy disclaimer: I’m not saying you should go out and fight people who are unwilling. Controlled environments only.)
I am an advocate of every self-sufficient man (person really, but I’m talking to the guys here) taking some kind of martial art or self defence class in order to be able to physically protect himself in case of emergency. I don’t think it’s healthy to live in the mental world where you assume that you will have to defend yourself and that you shouldn’t trust others… but being prepared in the event of needing to defend yourself adds to a man’s general sense of confidence with how he carries himself.
Short of fighting in a controlled environment, throwing punches/elbows/knees at an imaginary opponent (sometimes referred to as shadowboxing) can also give you a boost of masculine energy.
Personally, one of my favourite ways to get into an insta-masculine mindset is to throw a few elbows at an imagined assailant while growling with each one. I do this before I hit the stage at live speaking events, do any video work, or even go on dates. The subtext of this motion is anchored in my mind to “You are going to kill this! Now go get it!”
4. Have Guys Only Time
Something magical happens when you are exclusively in the company of other men. You soak up each others energies and inspire each other’s masculine energy.
I believe that this is one of the reasons that gangs, frats, and pickup artist lairs have done as well as they have over the past couple of decades… it gives men a socially acceptable construct through which they are allowed to be around other men and not have it seem strange.
If you feel like your masculine batteries need recharging, hanging out in the company of other men with no females in sight will do wonders for you.
(Personal note: I have attended five mens retreats in the last calendar year and I left each one feeling more fulfilled than the last. I was absolutely buzzing with drive and directionality. You don’t know how sorely your masculine energy craves other masculine sources until you have experienced it for yourself on a regular basis.)
5. Take On Challenges (But Don’t Necessarily Win)
Building masculine energy through challenge works much in the same that self-esteem is built in our minds.
You build self-esteem not by necessarily winning or succeeding in your challenging moments, but just the fact that you tried to challenge yourself tells your brain that you believe yourself worthy and capable of being challenged in the first place.
The same goes for building masculine energy. Just the fact that you tried to bench press your body weight or that you tried to accomplish a goal by a certain deadline tells your masculine mind that you believe yourself worthy of such challenges.
So set goals, and run after them. Whether you succeed or not is secondary to the fact that you are out there doing something.
6. Refrain From Ejaculation
I wrote about this extensively a few weeks ago.
Like a poor man who has a source of income who stops spending money, over time his bank account starts to swell.
Similarly, if you refrain from ejaculation as often as you likely do now then your sexual masculine energy will start to build up within your body.
The results of this can be astounding to the uninitiated. Seriously. Don’t ejaculate for a week and go to the gym (or physically be around your partner/a woman that you are attracted to) and you can feel the deep masculine energy coursing through your veins. It’s one of the most powerful sources of energy available to you.
Each time that I have been in the most creative phase of finishing off one of my books I have refrained from ejaculation more than once per week. Is it challenging at times? Definitely. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
7. Unplug (Especially At This Specific Time)
I recently had a client who was a sleep expert (he studied and gave lectures on humans sleep patterns). He said that among the different reasons that we have worse sleeping habits compared to a hundred years ago, by far the worst culprit was electric light.
If you haven’t already heard, staring into your cell phone/tablet/computer right before bed does a lot to mess up your sleep patterns. And since testosterone is produced exclusively while you sleep, it isn’t that hard to imagine that disrupted sleep means disrupted masculine energy.
So unplug from your cell phone and computer as often as possible… especially within the two hour range before you go to bed.
8. Slow Down (The Thick Honey Exercise)
Feminine energy is constant motion. It is ever-changing and always fluid.
Masculine energy is the stillness and sameness in all things. It is consistency.
To tap into your masculine energy, sit down with your eyes closed in a comfortable place and breathe deeply into your belly. If you have the urge to move at all (to scratch your nose, for example) do it as slowly as possible. Let it take ten seconds for your hand to travel from your lap to your face. Move as if moving through thick honey. Do this exercise for 2–5 minutes and see how you feel afterwards.
This is and excellent grounding exercise that will help you ‘land’ in your body in a masculine way very efficiently.