Tips to Get Shredded
If you have been confused on what it takes to get shredded with regards to heavy or lighter weights, high or lower reps and nutrition timing then this is the article for you.
We’re going to look at some very important concepts on what it really takes to get shredded and simplify the process so your objective is clear and you have a very focused goal in mind.
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Now let’s get on with it. The first step we’re going to look at will be the most critical so pay attention!
Get Shredded The First Step
The first and most common mistake we all make when wanting to get shredded is that we associate the shredded look with being all about muscle when in fact the truth is actually not about muscle alone.
You see, to get the shredded look what we really need to focus on is losing body fat. Cutting through the body fat allows the underlying muscle striations to show through even for those of us who may not have as large muscle mass as others.
So with this in mind we’re going to dive deeper into all aspects that involve cutting fat: our exercise, nutrition and supplement plan.
Get Shredded: Cardio Exercise Plan
First and foremost, the best way to burn fat is to include an intense short duration cardio workout two to three times a week. Notice how I said short duration? The main reason I’m highlighting this is because if your cardio is intense enough you won’t be able to handle a long duration session. Aim for 15-20 minutes max to start with and at the end you should be completely exhausted, if not you are not going intense enough.
The problem with longer durations is that it starts breaking down too much muscle unless your pre and post workout nutrition is absolutely perfect, but either way I’ve found through experience that high intensity gives you that sprinters shredded body look which is the point of this article.
Get Shredded: Resistance Training Exercise Plan
It doesn’t really matter too much which workout routine you select (you have hundreds to choose from in the Workouts and Training Section of this site) but what really matters is how you train with the weights.
For the shredded look you want to aim for lighter weights and higher reps in the 12-14 range with little rest (30 seconds) between exercises and sets.
What you will find is that although your complete muscle mass volume may decrease slightly, the striations in your muscles will really show and make the muscles seem bigger than they actually are.
Here’s and Advanced Tip! If you find that your muscle mass is getting hit too hard you can throw in a low rep heavy weight session in once or twice a week in a 6 day plan. A fantastic way to shock the crap out of your muscles and not allow them to adapt.
Get Shredded: Nutrition and Supplement Plan
You’ve heard it time and time again that clean eating with lean meats, tons of veggies, fruits and complex carbs like whole wheat, whole grains, yams and beans is optimal for cutting body fat so I’m not going to beat that to death again (I’ve also provided diet plans for men and women in the Body Transformation in 5 Days).
Instead I’m going to give you some cool tips that really work beyond anything else I’ve ever experienced.
First and foremost focus on eating a large breakfast. I like a cup of oatmeal, 2 eggs and a whey protein smoothie with frozen berries (my new favorite protein is Optimum Platinum Hydrowhey because it packs a ton of punch to make your muscles feel absolutely pumped up).
A smart workout nutrition plan is also very powerful…
Try half a banana and a glass of pre-workout energy matrix like Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump MAX or USPLabs Jack3d. This will give you the energy and focused motivation to smash your workouts.
With every pre-workout nutrition plan comes a smart post-workout nutrition strategy as well. Try a slow digesting casein protein like Optimum 100% Natural Casein along with yams, potatoes or oatmeal.
Get Shredded: Conclusion
Nice we have a pretty good plan here don’t you agree? Remember to keep your goal focused, getting shredded requires a lot of dedication and work, no BS here. Your workout plan should be ideal 6 days a week with a rest day to allow you to recover and have a cheat day with diet so you don’t go nuts.
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