Sometimes it’s not all about the shredding workouts
The idea of only following shredding workouts to get you to that lean, mean, fat burning machine look you want, sounds good, right? Reality is, it takes more than just working out hard. You must dial in nutrition, cardio, and have the right mindset if you’re going to get to that chiseled look.
Diet and nutrition comes before the shredding workouts
When it comes to getting lean, you cannot rely on strictly shredding workouts. Getting shredded starts in the kitchen! What you put in your body is very important. You need to start by eliminating all junk food or any other temptations. Go through your fridge, pantry, and secret junk food storage behind your socks! Once all temptations have been removed, begin your new grocery list. If this is an area you struggle in, then check out our Genesis program that will not only help with the workout but also with your nutrition. It’s a full 12-week program and also has a supplement guide, instructional videos, and it’s own members section with hours of content to ensure you get lean, ripped, and shredded:
The keto diet (Ketosis) is going to be a huge factor in getting shredded in record time! It’s a high fat and low/no carb based diet that we also cover in our Genesis program. You will be changing your physiology and teaching your body to utilize fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. Without all the extra glycogen being refilled and combining it with your shredding workouts, your body will become a lean, mean, and fat burning machine!
Lastly remember, just because you are eating clean or you are on the keto diet, doesn’t mean you can go crazy. The most important part to getting shredded is your caloric intake. You want to be at a deficit but you don’t want to be too low. If you are too low in calories you will lose too much muscle and ultimately become a smaller version of what you wanted to be. Based off the gram per pound diet (1 gram of protein per pound of weight) simply reduce the caloric intake by 400-600 calories. From there you will have your calorie deficit and drop substantial weight without putting muscle at risk. If you are following the keto diet, you will also need to remember to incorporate your “re-feed” day, in which you will include a good amount of carbohydrates to shock your system. Low carb diets will leave you flat and depleted, but with the “re-feed” day you will replenish missing glycogen and keep your body full and happy.
Cardio is key to your shredding workouts
The truth behind shredding workouts is, there is no way to get from 20% body fat to 5% body fat in 2-4 weeks. If you look around at any diet or workout plan, most take roughly 90 days or 12 weeks. That might seem like a long time, but look at it on a larger scale. 12 weeks is 3 months, which is 1/4 of a year, that’s one season to get your body to where you want it so that you can enjoy the other 3/4 of the year. Not only will you enjoy it for the remaining of the year, you will create a new image and thought process, a new habit, and a new outlook on life. It will become a lifestyle and you will now be on track for the rest of your life. This will change your perspective and realize that it’s a fast way of getting shredded.
Your workouts are going to be medium to heavy weight, with moderate repetitions (10-12 reps) at first, then as you get leaner your will reduce the weight and volume. It’s common to think that as you get leaner, you want to increase your volume. Keep in mind that your body is more inclined to injury when doing shredding workouts. More is not better in this case and you will realize that you will seem fuller and more muscular with the less that you do. If you look at any fitness icon at their leanest, they are not benching 350 pounds. It will be light and controlled weight, focusing on contraction and pumping as much blood into the muscle groups as possible.
As for cardio, most people think the more cardio they do the leaner they will be. Yes, you will burn more calories, but you will also be burning muscle if you do to much cardio. Remember you will be at a calorie deficit, so you don’t have much to spare. When doing shredding workouts, your goal is to lose fat and keep the muscle that will make you look shredded. To obtain this, you want to avoid going catabolic. Switch your cardio to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) by doing bursts of 20-30 seconds and rests of 10-15 seconds. Repeat this cycle for 10-20 min and you will burn shock your body into burning fat in search of the quick fix to glycogen.
It begins in the mind and is followed by consistency.
Aside from a great diet and your awesome shredding workouts, you need to make sure your mind is in the right place. The fact of the matter is that getting shredded takes a toll on your body and mentality. Ask anyone who has ever competed or had to lose a lot of weight for something and you will realize that it takes its toll. You will feel hungry, annoyed, tired, etc. Therefore, you need to go into this with a positive mindset and understand that it’s going to be tough. Although it will be tough, every milestone will be more rewarding and better than the last. You are working on yourself and pushing limits, so that you can see your true potential. If this was an easy road, everyone would be shredded.
Once you have created the right mindset, the last and most important thing is going to be CONSISTENCY. Once you start this journey, you need to be committed 110%. If you plan on going 4 days and then taking 2+ days off, you might as well just stop. You need to create not habits and break old tendencies and the only way to do that is to create new ones. This is achieved by consistency and training your mind and body to constantly push itself. Your body wants to adapt and will look for ways to remain the same. If you consistently change, then your body will also become accustom to that and it will get easier. If you train your mind to visualize these goals, your body will follow and transform itself. Unleash your mind and watch the transformation unravel.