10 Important Fitness Tips to Help You Get Ripped
As we’ve noted before, getting “ripped”—or in a more technical sense, lowering your body fat percentage and building lean muscle to a point that mimics the aesthetic of a fitness model, for example—takes a whole lot of hard work.
In fact, it’s a lot harder than we’re often led to believe and there are a few things you absolutely need to know if your fitness goals include conquering this challenging feat.
So, before you set out on your journey, here are 10 tips that you can start using right now to get and stay ripped!
1. Focus your mental energy.
It sounds simple but often it’s not. As you walk into the gym (preferably Xceleration) you need to leave your problems at the door and strictly focus on what you are doing while exercising. If you are doing a plank then think about your core and shoulders. If you are doing squats think about how strong your butt is getting. Researchers today are seeing a significant increase in muscle activity when people focus solely on what they are doing while exercising.
Next time you are working out, practice centering your focus on exactly what you are doing. Live in the moment and forget about work or other stress in your life. You will get better muscle activation, relieve stress and get better results!
2. Have an audience.
Researchers saw a significant increase in strength and endurance in people who had an audience compared to those training on their own. We all know that having a workout partner holds you accountable, so you should certainly train with one, but that’s not entirely what I’m talking about here.
What I’m saying is, don’t be that person who can only train when the gym is empty. I don’t care if it’s people you don’t even know, just try to surround yourself with people who can see you. You are not going to use crappy form or slack if people are watching, which in turn will lead to better results. It might sound weird but just trust me. Get to the gym when it’s packed with people and watch your results grow exponentially.
3. Get a caffeine boost.
Caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and increase your endurance. The most effective amount seems to be around 300mg one hour prior to working out. Of course, check with your doctor first.
This can be a huge boost for your workout and help with what we talked about earlier (see tip number 1) with your focus. I’m a big fan of Spark Pre-Workout. It makes me look forward to working out even more! Next time you head to the gym try a spark, coffee or a safe pre-workout. Watch your energy shoot up and see how you feel during your workout.
4. Pump up the volume.
Listen to upbeat music while you exercise. Researchers found that personal music motivated weightlifters to complete two more repetitions on average compared to those who were not listening to music. Listen to whatever gets your blood pumping and your head boppin’. Everybody is different so find what works for you and stick with it. My personal favorite? Anything Eminem, but right now I am really feeling this jam: Figure It Out
My head strength coach Matt VanSumeren loves One Direction. Like I said before, everybody is different!
5. Keep things fresh.
Alter your routine often. Boredom is a huge reason why people fail to follow through with a workout program. Switch it up often to avoid hitting plateaus. Try new challenges, exercises and different styles. Don’t be that person who only does CrossFit or only does yoga. You have to pack a good mix! A great way to know you are getting the right mix is the Fire Triangle: It includes weight training, cardio and nutrition. If you want to be ripped you need all three things to be fully engaged.
6. Stay nourished and hydrated.
Pay attention to your food and your hydration levels. You’d be amazed how much being dehydrated can affect your performance even away from the gym.
My suggestion? Drink a gallon per day. Sounds hard but after a few days it becomes habit and your workouts kick ass! Your skin feels better, the workouts last longer and your metabolism functions at a higher level. Pound the water!
7. Find your magic time.
Work out when your body is at its best. If you hate getting up early, then train at night. Don’t force the issue on your body. You will endure through it at first but in the long run you probably will fail and stop working out.
Find a time in your day that your body loves and lock that time away. No distractions and nothing gets in the way of working out. Set the time and lock it in. You will love yourself and so will your body.
8. Wear clothes you love.
I lay my workout clothes out the night before every workout. Do I care how I look? Not too much, though it’s more about just having the clothes ready. I started this when I wrestled in college and had to get up at 4:45 a.m. to get to the 5:00 a.m. lifts. It was wake up, put clothes on and head out the door.
Having your clothes ready the night before will definitely help you. If rocking some fresh lululemon gets your confidence going then do what ya gotta do. Not only will you be happy and confident but your mind will be clearer and you can focus more on working out rather than stressing if your pants will rip when you hit that low squat.
9. Make sure the shoe fits.
Can you imagine a tap dancer performing without tap shoes? Your shoes are just as important! If you have shoes that are properly fitted for your workout or sport, then you will have a way lower risk for feet, ankle and toe injuries.
This one coincides with number eight. There is just something about buying new shoes and working out. With a shoe that fits perfectly to your feet and some stylin’ kicks, you feel like you can jump higher and you are way stronger.
10. Hire a professional.
If you don’t already, have me design your workouts. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I love to write workouts.
I recently just hired my coach John Papp to write me a workout program. It’s done for me so I don’t have to think and I am getting some kick ass results because John is a professional!
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