Last Update on April 22, 2015 // Written by Hank No Comments

Getting ripped might sound easy to some. Lift a few weights, drink a few protein shakes, you’re there! Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Some people struggle to pack on muscle mass, while others build it fairly quickly and easily. Some people retain fat more readily than others, which can hide muscle definition. Everybody can get ripped; it’s possible for the skinniest or fattest person out there. This information will help you along your way.

What is Your Body Type?

As mentioned in the intro, body type can affect the time it takes you to get ripped. It can also mean you have to change your journey around a little. There are 3 types: the endomorph, ectomorph, and mesomorph. The endomorph is rounder and has excess fat. The mesomorph gains muscle quickly and has a fairly athletic physique already. The ectomorph struggles to pack on weight and muscle. Look online for examples!

Decide What to Do First

Depending on your body type, you need to work out what you’re going to do first. Here’s a rough guide:
  • Endomorphs will want to get rid of excess fat by doing cardio up to 5x per week. It should be HIIT training and short bursts rather than long sessions. You should also incorporate weights and strength training 4-5 times a week. The muscle mass built will help to shed your fat even when you’re not doing anything. However, building muscle is not your main focus to start with, burning fat is.
  • Ectomorphs are naturally slim, so their goal should be to build muscle. This will mean lifting regularly, up to 5x per week. Go as heavy as you can but start off small. You probably won’t need to do a lot of cardio. Keep sessions short if you’d just like to keep cardio health up. Make sure you’re eating a surplus of calories to support your training!
  • Mesomorphs have it pretty easy. Lifting heavy 4-5 times per week is recommended, and they may need to do little to no cardio depending on how they carry fat. Usually your main goal will be to build muscle mass and then you’ll aim to shred (get rid of excess fat to reveal muscles).

Get Into a Routine

Get into a routine when it comes to working out and eating. Depending on your main goal, the foods and amount you eat will differ. To burn fat, you’ll limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume and you’ll keep your calories at a level you can safely workout to burn fat. To build muscle, you’ll eat more carbohydrates and eat a surplus. The surplus should be a level that allows you to build muscle without adding too much fat. Supplements can also help you to burn fat/build muscle. Some can do both, like HGH spray. Do your own research to come to your own conclusions. Get into the habit of a lifestyle like this and you’ll find it much easier. 3

Track Your Meals

Tracking your meals is the best way to see what you’re consuming and whether you’re consuming enough of it. Use an app like My Fitness Pal.

Always Use Proper Form

Proper form is so much more important than weight, so don’t worry about weight to start with. It’s form over weight every single time - don’t be vain in the gym! Be consistent and you’ll start seeing results!  

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