Workout program to get Ripped
In order to get big and ripped, we're going to use a routine that focuses on compound lifts but also touches upon isolation exercises. With some days reserved for heavier weight and low reps, and some with lighter weight and high reps. Off days will feature cardio and abdominal exercises. While your preferences may be different, I like to begin each new exercise with two warm-up sets to concentrate on form and ROM.
Day Two: Cardio and Abdominals
- 3x Ab Circuit:
, as it can get pretty intense. It is great for those who want to stay in great shape all year and enjoy challenging themselves in the gym. This routine wards off monotony with the alternating high/low rep days. It builds core strength but also size.
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Is This Workout As Effective As Bulking And Then Cutting?
I would say that this is going to be more effective than bulking and cutting, because there is little risk of adding too much fat during bulking or losing too much muscle during a cut. Also, I feel that the "See Food Diet" mentality of bulking, as well as the restrictive cutting cycle, can have unwanted psychological effects. Wild fluctuations in weight are not healthy for the body, metabolism, or the wardrobe, and gaining too much weight can be damaging to joints.
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What Other Factors Need To Be Perfect In Order To Achieve The Ripped Look?
While training and intensity are obviously important, the time spent in the gym is only half of this equation. Nutrition plays a huge role - you can work for hours in the gym but if you're not eating enough, you'll never see size gains, and all the food in the world won't pack on muscle if you don't hit the weights hard. On training days, aim for a surplus of about 500 calories - enough for growth, but not enough for fat gain. On cardio days, keep your caloric intake at maintenance level. You may also want to add in some carbohydrate cycling, consuming fewer carbohydrates on cardio days. However, you will need to be consuming every macronutrient (carbohydrates, protein and fat) for growth, so try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of meat and vegetables.
Smaller, more frequent meals will ensure that you don't go too long without eating and then binge due to hunger, and will also keep blood sugar in check, preventing sluggishness and "food comas." While eating 'clean' is important, don't be afraid of eating 'dirty' foods as long as you factor them into your caloric intake. Also, excessive sodium intake can leave some looking bloated, so try not to go overboard with the salt shaker, and stay away from packaged, processed foods as much as possible.
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Stay Away From Processed Foods
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And don't forget - your muscles grow when you rest, so take it easy when you're not hitting the weights. Try to stay stress free (to keep cortisol levels at a minimum) and aim for eight hours of sleep each night.
Many people claim that getting big and ripped at the same time is almost impossible without steroids. Those people are in fact wrong ... very wrong. Frank Zane was a beast and ripped as could be. In the beginning, he only used high reps with low weight, but only with heavier weights did he win Mr. Olympia. After his Mr. Olympia victory in 1977, Zane remarked that "the only way you can get muscle size is through heavy training." ( Book of Champions, Joe Wuebben, 25). Light weights and light reps won't work you, but moderate to heavy weights will. You also have to concentrate on the weight. You might have physical strength, but you need that mental to concentrate on that particular body part in able to perform at your best.