You can incorporate variations of the squat, in order to target different muscles more specifically: Changing the width of your stance during squats will also affect which muscles are worked more: You can use barbells, dumbbells, Swiss balls, and even just body weight, to perform squats. Whether you use free weights i. Ideally, when performing the squat, you want to go down until your thighs are parallel to the ground; however, some individuals cannot do this i. If the squat is the king, then the deadlift is the queen—although both exercises can be used interchangeably with the royalty titles.
Otherwise, there are several hand positions you can use—both hands pronated i. Not surprisingly, it is the power exercises that are the most effective exercises to use, and although the power clean is a difficult exercise, if done correctly, can be a real asset in your assault on fat loss. Again, either dumbbells or a barbell can be used with this exercise, with the barbell preferable, even though using dumbbells requires more stability.
Next to the lower body, the back is the biggest upper body muscle group, encompassing the entire area from the top of the trapezius down to the hips. Even better than the traditional bent over row is the reverse bent over row, as it recruits more muscles than the former. A pronated grip should be used, and depending on the width of your grip, you can target the rhomboids or latissimus dorsi.
A wider grip is going to hit the latissimus dorsi more, whereas a narrower grip will target the rhomboids. Feet can remain on the ground, or elevated on a bench to increase the intensity of the exercise. There are so many variations of pull-ups that can be done, from using full body weight to the assisted machine, to even adding weight in the form of extra plates from a chain on a weight belt. You have close or wide-grip options, with your hands in a neutral, pronated, or supinated position.
Also called a shoulder press, the military press targets the deltoids, and is generally done in a standing position—that way it forces the trainee to stabilize their core, instead of being able to use the bench for support as they would in a seated military press. Dips are the best exercise you can do for your triceps. Beginners can start off doing bench dips - dips with their hands on a bench, their feet on the floor.
Graduate to body weight dips on the dip bars. The experienced trainee can add weight to their dips by either holding a dumbbell between their feet or hanging a plate on a chain on a weight belt. You can vary your grip from the normal shoulder-width apart by having them slightly wider, or even having your palms turned in facing your body. Two to three days a week of training will be sufficient for beginners, but three days are preferable, to get you conditioned and used to training. Each body part should be trained once a week - this gives plenty of time to recover before the next training session.
I recommend training the full-body, regardless if you are using the two or three day split, because working the full body produces more anabolic hormone than just doing the upper or lower body alone, recruits more motor units than working the upper or lower body alone, and the more motor units recruited per session, the greater the increase in neural activity, which will train the body to work more effectively as a whole, and therefore aid in better fat loss.
All reps should be controlled and with good technique. Just browsing the net and you are right on!! At 40 not trying to lift what I could at 18 but found bodyweight circuits minimal rest especially w burpies. Get sooo bored on the bike and jogging hurts my low back.. Next purchase is a weighted vest!
I try to juggle the intiensity I really like to train hard but it will break you down if you do it every day! Diet is the hardest for me!! Easy availibiity of fast foods for a single guy! I do sit-ups, and push-ups and run quite a bit. We have a okay gym and such. Thus my question is what kind of foods should I be aiming to eat seeing how I have no control of a rotated menu , and what kind of exercises should I be striving and at what reps, seeing how I have limited capabilities with my gym?
Your questions appear to be very general and I could write a book on each one! The short answer is the information you seek is in my BuiltLean Program. People around the world are using it with excellent results. Most of your information seems to be aimed at men. There are obvious differences for women different body fat percentages, probably lower max strength, lower calorie needs etc.
What, if any, alterations would you suggest if I started following your 8 week plan, or do you have a plan tailored specifically for women? I have to address it more fully in an article. In short, there are certain physiological difference of course between men and women including hormones, strength levels upper body mainly , muscle endurance women tend to be better , body fat percentages, and lower calorie needs to name several.
With all that said, a man and a woman can use the same exact exercise routine and both can get great results. My BuiltLean Program can certainly be used by women and has been used by women around the world with exceptional feedback! The program works just as well for both sexes.
The thing to think about is if you are comfortable and appreciate the benefits of strength training to help you lose fat and improve your health. FYI, I do plan on getting some female success stories on my website soon. Maybe you could be one! If you have anymore questions, please let me know!
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So many people unfortunately who go on crash diets and exercise plans set themselves up for failure. In my experience as long as you do basic strength training exercises a couple times per week that hit your large muscle groups think squats, lunges, push, pull, and core exercises — bodyweight exercises are fine , you should be able to hold on to your muscle as you eat less calories. Also, keep in mind protein intake should be elevated as you lower your calories, which will also help fuel muscle and prevent muscle loss.
Thanks for the information. I am a former student athlete trying to get a good physique back. In my playing days I would say I had a better than average body physique at lbs, but not as ripped or cut as I would have liked, and I could probably attribute that to not caring about what I ate because I would just burn it off.
Could you tell me the target macronutrients I should be looking at on a daily basis. Cameron — Great to hear you are getting back into shape. Macronutrient breakdown really is subjective as I allude to in the article. Marc I was wondering how you pin point your calorie levels, both for cutting and maintaining? Just trial and error? But, can it just be that some people store fat in all the wrong places for the purposes of getting ripped that is to truly achieve that cut look?
Or does it simply mean those people need to work harder at it? Turan — Regarding figuring out your maintenance and cutting calories, I would say check out this article: In terms of storing fat in the wrong places, yes, you do need to work harder at it but you CAN eventually lose all the fat.
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Where we store or gain fat is genetically predetermined. With that being said, I have no idea what the Macro nutrient Breakdown of the food I consume is…Is there a way I can achieve my goal of getting ripped without that? I do strength training with weights after-burn affect and calisthenics 5 days a week. I work out at night 8pm to about 9: Are you losing 0.
If you are, I would say stick with whatever you are doing and see what happens. Marc…i love ur well structured program and it has given me extraordinary results. I am 14 yrs old and 5ft 10inc and weight 54kilos with Body fat percentage.
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But i cant see a defined and toned set of abs. I am already eating lite and controlling the snacks i eat. Can u please tell me useful exercises that would help me get a well defined set of abs…Thank u very much Marc. I have to say that with this article you have saved me up hours of investigation about how to get ripped. Now I know all the basics about how to do it. So, thumbs up for this website Marc. George — Thanks a lot for the great feedback. It did take me a LONG time to figure out how to get ripped because there is so much noise out there.
My best guess is you may need to take your calories lower while making sure to eat enough protein. The cycling may in fact be hurting you. You can do a couple weeks at and see what happens, just be sure your strength levels stay the same. Zalaba — That sounds sensible to me. Not having starchy carbs is aggressive so be careful you have enough energy for your workouts. I never counted calories or really knew anything about correct nutrition, but I was always lean. Then I stopped dancing abruptly because of depression.
I went to college. Finally, I hope I am emotionally ready to take care of my body again. Hi Marc , I should say that ive known a lot of things from ur posts.. There are a few important themes for getting bigger. I plan on expanding these concepts into a type of post for building muscle:. This is the hardest step for a lot of skinny guys.
Do the opposite of what this article says https: Many people have used my BuiltLean Program to help add muscle, but instead of creating a calorie deficit, they create a calorie surplus. If you did a light full body workout, you could probably hit all muscle groups x per week without any issues.
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If however, you do 12 sets to failure all with chest exercises, it can take a good 5 days to recover. So first, you need to find a body part split you enjoy. You must think about your own schedule, what works for you, than choose a body part split you want to follow. My Goal for is to have lean body and Six pack… i know its hard to do that i been doing exersice the a while.
If you have any tips Please let me know. If you are looking for a more structured program, you should definitely consider the BuiltLean Program I developed. In fact, I get emails every week of people who are using the free information on BuiltLean. Should I try to build more mass first since you can somewhat see my ribcage.? Consatrating on my form times a week in the fall of stopped around June of after seeing very minimal result.
Becouse there is no recovery time due to the constant heavy. Any idea on what to do about that? Or should that really not make a difference? I also started taking animal paks to help with. Vitamins and amino acids. And I also started taking amplified wheybolic extreme 60 for protein. Set I can barely get 2 reps Please Help! I want to see results without having to hire a nutritionaliest and trainer wich may be the next option. Jason — I would definitely focus on losing fat without losing muscle with the secondary goal of increasing strength, which is difficult but not impossible.
If I were you, I would only lift weight 3x per week given your demanding job, so that your program is more sustainable. Craig — Because such low amount of carbs dramatically effects mood, ability to focus, and most importantly to me, energy levels. Finally, I was always hungry even though the number of calories I was eating was satisfactory.
There are certainly staunch proponents of the diet, so at the end of the day, you need to experiment to see what works best for you. Always keep in mind that calories is still the most important part of the equation by far, more than protein vs. I am a 32 year old male who recently went back to a structuredfitness regime.
I mostly do high intensity workouts including weights and my own body weight with one road run per week as well. I have been able to keep up a regime of two workouts per day every day, except Sunday where I only run. Is this too much? I have also restricted the calories in my diet, and have opted for a high protein low carb and fat approach. No budge in weight? This is the first article I have ever read that confronts the mental weight hurdle. I have been eating calories to maintain my weight, thinking that as long as I exercise hard and eat right that muscle would take place of the fat.
I am going to take your advice and drop my calories to a day consisting of g of protein, g of carbs, and 45g of fat. I have an android and I use the myfitnesspal application. It is great calorie counting tool. I am also curious if you think eating the majority of your carbs early in the day makes a difference as opposed to spreading them out evenly.
Vance — Happy to hear you liked the article. I would say the 1 hurdle for guys who are very motivated to get ripped is definitely the weight scale. Completely shredded with athletic not bodybuilding proportions. Regarding the carbs, there is no scientific evidence that carbs in the morning, or at night makes a difference in terms of fat loss will explore this in more detail in another article.
Ate right while doing it and went down to pounds. I was pretty damn ripped. This article gave me some great info on where to start. Shows you all the info from what you have eaten through out the day. Hope it helps me with getting ripped again. Thanks for the article. Ben — Thanks for your comment. You Did a hell of a job building this site with so much powerful information! I admire people like you, smart, passionate and wililng to share. I have a sluggish thyroid, hypo-thyroidism as they call it here in Italy. Since I always feel cold in winter I was hoping to find an info re a Traning Exercise Routine to enhance warmth and energy perception from within tailored for people with hypo oxidator metabolic type.
If you have any hint I would really appreciate. Carbs are a little on the low end for what I prefer, but it depends on your energy levels in the gym and if you can still workout hard. Overall, I would stick with it. Pay particular attention to total calorie intake, def want to get that right. One of my favorite time-crunch exercises is the 8-count bodybuilder. Will Shoucair — Sounds like you are describing the burpee exercise, which can certainly get the heart rate up.
I prefer a weighted burpee, as I show in this Metabolic Conditioning Circuit. Recently started a cutting diet after bulking up to pounds. After plugging in the numbers, I am supposed to eat calories per day to achieve 1 pound per week weight loss. I make sure to get my protein first and aim for 1g per pound of body weight so pounds. I then try to get 90g of fat then the rest is on carbohydrate. When bulking I just did an hour of solid weights, but now I split cardio into it.
Is it okay to combine the two in one workout? I am also confused as to how my body gets energy…is it more of a priority to get fats over carbohydrates? I am also confused because if I am eating my food, then surely I burn what I have eaten off in the gym instead of existing fat? The tricky part about energy balance is that the calorie burn side of the equation can fluctuate. So if you eat less calories than you burn, you lose weight, right? But what happens if your calorie burn decreases because you are eating less calories, which is a natural protective measure?
Again, bear with me as i plan on adding an article about this in the future! Your website has alot of good and useful information on it to help people get lean. I have a question about counting the calories. I have been losing weight following a low calorie diet. I have been consuming around calories to get to this level weight and have been pretty much stuck since. I currently run 4 days a week and do circuit training 2 days a week.
I think my issue could be I am not consuming enough calories with the workload I am putting on myself. If I do need to up my calories, to reach my caloric goal should I look at just eating the higher number of calories as my caloric goal or should my caloric goal be the net amount of calories consumed minus calories burned? Are You Eating Enough? I would consider increasing your calorie intake to about for a good week.
A few days might do the trick, but it sounds like you may have really decreased your metabolism substantially. When we eat less, and especially less than BMR, the body can go into starvation mode and decrease metabolism as a survival measure. Thanks for the quick response. A few more questions for clarity: Are you saying that by upping my calorie intake for a few days will get my metabolism up to where it needs to be? After that should I then try to aim for a calorie intake closer to my BRM?
What should I be more concerned about the amount of calories I consume or the net amount of calories calorie intake minus calories burned I have for a day? Metabolism is a complex subject that is affected by numerous hormones etc. I have since gained muscle along with unwanted fat. I gain muscle and fat easy. I do 45 min of cardio daily and lift times per week. I consume cal g fat g carbs. Shannon — Sounds like you are on the right track with your training regimen and calorie targets.
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Also, the protein on the other hand sounds low. Hope that helps a good luck! As I state in the article, nutrition is the key.
Joel Meler — Yes. You should be shooting for losing 0. I ahve seen a similar kind of information floating everywhere on the net … caluating calorie intake.. Micro and Macro nutrient … breakup and all on this … I have been quite a regualr gymmer but now since months I have gained 5 kgs and I cant seem to get it out …I dont know how many calories I have been consuming since I dont know how to calcuate that … I am currently 56 kgs cms..
It shall be of a lot of help. Please let me know. How to Count Calorie to Lose Fat. Hey marc hope all is well. I am 20 lbs, and i want to achieve the cut slim look. I have been working out pretty consistently last semester of college then Christmas break came and i indulged a little. Then this past month i began to take it much more seriously. I started to run often now its on and off depending on my school work load.
Within the past month i have gained a bit of definition on my arms and chest but abs is taking long then i had expected and i want to slim my thighs. Do i have to cut back more on what i eat and focus more on cardio? I work at hollister and after seeing some of the guys stand in the front of the store shirtless I am very determined to get that physique not for that position but to better myself and my heath thank you.
Sean — Sounds like you have a reasonable plan. You are doing plenty of exercise, so as I mention in the article, I would focus on nutrition and continuing to lose fat without losing muscle which will help bring out more definition in your chest and abs. You are close to the promised land my friend, just need to keep pushing forward with the strict eating and you will get the body you want. Hey thanks on everything, and i read your guide. Is there a way i could communicate with you more efficiently and faster, like email or something.
Joel Meler — Thanks for your comment. You can contact me here regarding setting up a 30 minute coaching call if you are interested. In the future, I may not be able to even answer comments anymore as the volume is becoming too significant across my entire site! Hi there, I have been carb cycling for a few weeks to lose the last few pounds of fat over my abs, and I got pretty ripped by the end of it. Now I want to just eat a balanced nutritious diet without worrying about carbs, and after 2 days I have gained a tiny bit of fat back.
Could this be because my metabolism had slowed down? And it will just take some time for it to speed back up? My guess is what you are experiencing is increased water retention.
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When you go low carb, it flushes out water which give you a striated look. When you take the carbs back up, your muscles appear fuller and larger, but you sacrifice that extra ripped look. I want to discuss this stuff in another post, but getting that ripped look of guys on the magazine is nearly impossible without severe water depletion, and that is if you are already very lean.
Not only that, they usually pumped up before the shoot. So stay lean is great, but getting that unnatural ripped look for long periods of time is well, unnatural. Hi Marc, Thanks for the great info. I follow intermittent fasting approach with a split between protein carbs and fats on a training day with calories and split on non training days with calories. I just recently started weight training 5 days a week and do cardio about 4 days a week, 30 mins. Should I up my cardio? Currently i dont do cardio on leg days — which is twice a week — my legs and glutes need serious toning all round, abs are getting there and arms as well.
Domenique — Yep, if only we could spot reduce, that would be awesome! Seems like you have two questions:. If you have a long, grueling workout, I would pay attention to pre and post workout nutrition, with an emphasis on pre and workout nutrition. You may even consider sipping on a protein shake during your workout, or some food in between strength and cardio if you are worried about muscle loss. If you are experiencing roughly 0. If only we could spot reduce ….
Glad to see someone addressing this question. Our Registered Dietitians get this one quite often. Hey thanks for the true picture of getting ripped ,I was doing some mistakes before and now I have the key …thanks again. Was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what my body is going through? Do crossfit exercise then added in some 10k runs! Was only eating roughly around calories a day for about 6 month, now I have started retaining fluid and whenever I exercise I can feel my legs and thighs puffing up!!
Have now started eating calories a day, carbs and protein included. What has happened to me? I was wondering if it was down to a VLC diet how long will it take my body to get back to normal?? Carbs contain a water molecules in their chemical structure, so as you increase carb intake after depleting glycogen in your body, the increased carbs suck into your muscles, which also increases water retention.
If you experience any unusual symptoms, I would see your doctor right away to look into this issue further! This article is very much appreciated. What macronutrient breakdown would you recommend? Thank you for the article, the knowledge and your time. That is the hardest part for me I have a reflex, celiac and lactose sensitivity. Would your program work for me? The BuiltLean Transformation nutrition plan is based primarily on unprocessed, whole food ingredients, and each ingredient includes suggestions on alternatives so that you can easily modify the recipes to suit your dietary needs.
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A lot of the recipes are already gluten- and lactose-free, and the recipes that include these ingredients can be adjusted. Does that answer your question? Why should you listen to me? How Ripped is Ripped? What is the body fat level you need to get ripped? Get Ripped Step 1: Let me give you an example: You can also use the Ideal Body Weight Formula to arrive at the desired weight as well: Get Ripped Step 2: Create Your Nutrition Spreadsheet Losing fat without losing muscle the key to getting ripped of course is primarily a nutritional challenge. Get Ripped Step 3: Choose Your Strength Training Method While every fitness program with an infomercial is going to tell you their system is the best P90x for example , I can tell you the truth about all these various exercise methods.
You can get ripped powerlifting You can get ripped doing circuit workouts You can get ripped using bodybuilding workouts You can get ripped doing bodyweight lifting workouts You can get ripped doing kettlebell workouts Do you know what all these workouts have in common? Get Ripped Variable 1: Get Ripped Variable 2: Cardiovascular Activity Similar to the amount of carbohydrates you eat, the amount of cardio you complete to lose the excess fat depends on your genetics.
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