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- 09-07-2013, 11:12 AM
- 09-07-2013, 12:14 PM
My tips for being STRONG AND SHREDDED!
1:Train hard,you don't have to be moving the most weight in the gym,but it needs to be heavy for you.I like to keep most of my lifts in the 6-8 rep range,and I mean that it is hard to hit 8 reps,otherwise I move up in weight!I also think keeping my rest periods to a minimum benefits me greatly,I usually take no less than 1-2 minutes in between any sets.I have not done cardio for months and I feel that I have truly found ways to work my body to my benefit to where cardio is not even necessary for me at this point,and I would like to think I am still pretty STRONG AND SHREDDED!
2:Eat,it is so overlooked that you just don't need to eat much or cut calories way down when wanting to be 'shredded' While using a calorie deficit obviously has its benefits for certain goals,it is absolutely not necessary to cut calories to maintain a lean look,I have been eating at least 500 above maintenance for over a year now,while I am not so much 'SHREDDED' I would like to think I am still somewhat lean,knowing what your body needs for maintenance,and adjusting it to your goals is a huge part of anything in the fitness world.I eat a lot,but I eat clean and it makes out to be very effective for me,and Im still able to snack or have treats when I want,I just have to make up for that in the gym!
3:Have a solid supplement line up.It is in no way necessary to use supplements,but at this day in time it is almost unknown for someone to be into fitness without some sort of supplement usage.Once again,knowing how your body reacts to what you are using is the most important thing of all.It is all to easy to just use multiple products that may be beneficial,but if you do not know how each of them works for your body and the effects of each whats the point.I loike to use every product I use solo to base how it affects me,so I know how it can then be used in the future,may that be by itself or as part of a stack.
I know the contest is for 3 tips,but there are so so many to list we could all go on for days and days,but I will add that recovery and learning to listen to your body is right at the top of importance,I trained for years and thought because I busted my butt daily I was doing things right,man was I wrong.I wont go into depth on this issue,but I will say Im a firm believer in ample amounts of recovery being a must to any person that is active or into fitness in any form!
Not trying to be arrogant,but here is my take on 'SHREDDED AND STRONG' I know I don't so much have the Shredded part down,but I will say I feel I am still lean for my size considering I just came out of a hard core bulk,and I can assure you the strength is there!
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09-07-2013, 12:50 PM
The natural response to your question would be the physiological aspects of how to change your physique, which a lot of people have already touched upon; Lift heavy, Eat right, Cardio. But none of these things will do a lick of good for you if you don’t have these three things going for you:
1. Inspiration – There’s a great group of people on the AnabolicMinds forums. In the two years that I’ve been a part of this community, I’ve learned more about exercising, nutrition, supplements, and in general, myself. Reading through other people’s logs and seeing them overcome some of their hardest obstacles with the help of this community, is what inspired me to get really focused on what I want to achieve; health, fitness, and state of mind. Without inspiration, you’ll never have the desire to even find out what you need to do in the first place. And these boards are FULL of inspiring people.
2. Motivation – So you may have found the desire to achieve a goal, but what’s going to push you to get through the hardest times? Motivation. And one great way to keep yourself motivated is to allow others to follow you in your journey. It’s easy for us to convince ourselves to stray (we are our worst enemy), but when you have others holding you accountable, then you’re not only lying to yourself, you’re lying to the people who are just there to help you succeed. There’s been many times I wanted to skip a workout to get a couple hours of sleep (AM workouts), or give in to temptations when I know it would hinder my goals, but by running a log of what I’m doing and having people that I look up to and who have inspired me, I’ve found myself not wanting to let them down. Run a log of what you’re doing, and see how hard it is to deviate from your plan. Small things you can do to stay motivated that make a big impact; put up pictures of people around your home that shows the physique you desire to have and every time you see it simply say to yourself, “I WILL look like that” which is very different than, “I WANT to look like that.” That one word changes something from being a desire and turns it into a definite. Have a book of inspirational quotes that you can read every day. When you read, you create self-talk, and whether you realize it or not, reading something that is telling you that you WILL achieve your goals creates the reality in your mind that you WILL. Get rid of temptation! The best way to keep you motivated is to remove the energy-expending need to overcome temptation. Having to dig deep into your willpower to stop yourself from having that jalapeno and cheddar bacon cheeseburger with extra BBQ sauce can wear you down to the point that, eventually, you just give in. Don’t even put yourself in those situations. Keep junk food, alcohol, candy, and any other devices that will cause you to stray, out of the house and out of your life. You need motivation to succeed. Without it, the best laid out plan will be doomed to failure. Which leads me to the final thing that you NEED to succeed…
3. Preparation – Set your main goal; the ultimate achievement that you’re striving to attain (in this case being STRONG and SHREDDED). Set up the motivational cues that you’ll need to achieve that goal. Now, set smaller goals that get you a little closer to that ultimate goal. Because it’s going to take time to get there and there will be many obstacles along the way, but if you focus on the smaller goals, you’ll get the satisfaction of achievement which is a huge mental boost to motivating you onward. It doesn’t work to just have a mental “idea” of what you’re working toward. Write your goals down and the steps it will take to get there. By writing it down you manifest your goal into reality, something that you can and WILL achieve. Dreams are something that occur in your consciousness; keep your goals there and they will never be more than a dream.
These may not be the things you were looking for, but I believe the reason you’ve put this contest out to the public was to bring about the vast knowledge that so many people have on these boards, and to assist those who want to achieve the goal of being STRONG and SHREDDED. These are the aspects of achievement that have allowed me to grow as an individual and ultimately remove myself from a life of misery, to one of absolute happiness. Hopefully I’m able to give something back to the community with my ideas and help people to achieve ANY goal they set out to achieve.
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09-07-2013, 01:01 PM
09-07-2013, 01:40 PM
Lots of good advice I'm taking some notes for later. A few other thing I think are critical are.
1. Track you Diet ( food diary)
3. Time so many people get discourage ( my self included) if they don't get the results they want in a few weeks
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09-07-2013, 01:54 PM
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09-07-2013, 02:29 PM
1. Fasted morning cardio
2. 3-4 lifting days ONLY. Gotta get your rest
3. Sleep. Lots.
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09-07-2013, 08:35 PM
He has some of his figure gals do maybe 1 hour TOPS a week TOTAL cardio throughout their entire contest prep (and bodybuildier/physique guys as well)
i HIGHLY suggest everyone who does LONG bouts of cardio to listen to this. It will blow your mind:
09-08-2013, 10:13 AM
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09-08-2013, 12:13 PM
Lets Say you do everything that you are supposed to do. You check all the boxes. You Believe, you prepare, you work, you fight, and you know your why, and Life still catches you on your blindside..... Just remember Failure Is Never Final !!!!
09-08-2013, 02:37 PM
Ive read his old anabolic diet book and McDonalds keto book. Is it worth it for me to read the metabolic one? Cant imagine it having much more than the two keto books ive already read but I will pick up a copy if there is some differences
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09-08-2013, 06:37 PM
This thread ha turned into an awesome wealth of info already! Loving it
09-08-2013, 06:54 PM
1. Try something new. Diet, exercise, routine, hell- try a new route home. Changes can keep you sane and make things easier.
2. Don't live and die by the scale. It's just a number and often not even correct.
3. Enjoy the ride. Sure there are tough times but there's a good reason you started and it sure as hell wasn't to torture yourself to the point of breaking! Think about little wins and how they add up to your goal.
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