Getting Ripped and Shredded – Is it really that hard?
Getting ripped is something many men and women strive for, but they think it is impossible. The truth is, it really isn’t. In this article, I will discuss some of the ways to get a ripped and vascular physique.
We personally believe that the best way to achieve an incredible physique is by doing it the natural, way but we will provide you with the many ways possible.
Most bodybuilders and fitness models will not tell you how to get a lean physique, for most to achieve this it takes trial and error.
There are many things that will affect vascularity and muscle definition, it has to do with diet, nutrition, genetics and training methods. I will try to cover everything you should know about getting ripped in this article.
Lets us get started…
Why do you want to get ripped?
You do want to look good right?
For most men and women this is the number one motivating factor, this goes for both the young and old. The younger you are the easier it can be to transform your body.
The older you get it becomes harder, not because you don’t work out and watch your diet but because your body changes.
Hormone production slows down, you don’t have as much energy so you become more sedentary and of course, stress may also play a role.
What are the key elements for getting ripped?
Number one is body fat, yeppers, body fat is one of the biggest culprits preventing you from getting shredded
Body fat is what prevents muscle definition and vascularity from being esposed, less body fat means more muscle definition and vascularity
Those of you who lift weights are aware of the fact that gaining muscle is not all that hard. You lift heavy weight and muscle becomes bigger and more toned, the tricky part is getting the definition to show and this is the hardest thing to accomplish.
The only exception here is genetics. If you are a hard gainer you might struggle more with gaining muscle mass.
There are literally thousands of ads, books, guides, and supplements, all of which promise to help you get ripped and shredded.
One that tops the charts in the fitness industry is the six-pack abs game, this is a huge seller, after all, who doesn’t want six-pack abs, thing is, once you get them how do you keep them.
Everyone says diet is key to getting ripped, and it is, but so is exercise, how many of you have said at the beginning of the week (Monday). I am gonna do this, you cut back on your favorite food and drink and then the weekend rolls around and you become victim to your cravings.
Many of us lack discipline, myself included, the truth is you don’t have to deprive yourself of all the things you enjoy, you just have to be smarter about lifestyle changes. Even if you are older and have a slow metabolism there are ways to get in shape and achieve your dream body.
Why Diet is Important
Before anything diet is one of the most important things you can do to get in shape, your body is just like a car engine, you push it hard it consumes a lot of gas, when you cruise you get better gas mileage.
The human body is no different, most people are overweight due to the fact that they consume more fuel (food than they burn) this causes weight gain.
If you burn more calories than you consume you will begin to eliminate body fat and look great.
Avoiding certain foods can help you quickly reduce body fat, foods that contain sugars and hydrogenated oils can help you get lean quick. Cutting out soda, fast foods, and alcohol is essential for eliminating body fat.
Cardio is a good way to burn excess body fat and is a good starting point. One big issue is that some people go overboard with cardio.
Doing too much cardio can also cause you to burn away muscle. For some, this might be ok. Women will probably want a slender looking body with well-defined abs, men, on the other hand, will want to have some degree of muscle mass.
If you do too much cardio you risk burning fat tissue so it’s important to keep a balance between lifting and cardiovascular exercise.
One of the best methods is to do cardio before and after you train with weights. This can serve a double purpose.
Cardio before the workout gets you warmed up and the blood pumping.
Cardi after the workout helps you cool down and burns a few more excess calories.
We recommend no more than 15-20 minutes both before and after your workout.
There has always been a big dilemma about what is better for getting shredded, lifting light weight with lots of reps or heavy weight with low reps.
We personally believe that moderate to heavy weight with a rep range between 6-8 is the perfect combination.
Because both men and women can benefit from this. Lifting heavy weight puts a greater strain on the muscle and increases more blood into the muscle tissue, combine this with less body fat both men and women will benefit from incredible looking muscle with a hard vascular look.
This is not to say that light weight will not work but the results are not as effective because you are not placing any strain on the muscle.
If you don’t believe this can work you may want to take take a look at some of those who have implemented HIT training into their workout routine.
Bodybuilders like Mike Mentzer and Dorian Yates not only packed a lot of muscle they were also very shredded.
Free Weights are Your Best Friend
While many may prefer machines, free weights are much better for getting lean and vascular muscle. With free weights, there is no cheating. It requires more balance and more effort, this means you burn more body fat.
Stick with Compound Exercises
One of the biggest mistakes we see people doing is training arms and shoulders. While these exercises are easy, they won’t help you get shredded.
Training major muscle groups help burn more body fat.
Deadlifts, for example, stimulates just about every muscle in your body. Training major muscle groups not only help burn fat they will also make you stronger.
Steroids and Sports Enhancement Drugs
This is one topic that is often controversial, everyone thinks the only way to get shredded is by taking sports enhancement drugs or anabolic steroids.
It is common for noobs to want to take steroids, the truth is, that is not the way things work. There are no miracle drugs that are going to get you ripped and shredded.
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger worked hard to gain muscle, he did not take steroids until long after he had come close to perfecting his physique. Yes, he did take steroids but the sole purpose was to refine his physique to perfection.
If anything perfecting your training and diet is the best way to get in shape. After you feel you have come as close to perfection as you possibly can then maybe you would want to consider some kind of sports enhancement drugs.
Supplementation is a much better alternative
Some think that steroids are the only way to get ripped and shredded, the truth is there are other alternatives. There are some supplements that offer similar benefits to steroids, they may take longer to work but they can be just as effective.
Anything worth achieving in life takes a lot of hard work, getting ripped and shredded is no different it takes hard work and effort. If you are willing to make the sacrifice you too can achieve your dream body. The important thing is to be patient and take things day by day. Before you know it you will have reached your goals.