You want to get "ripped?"
Or look like you could compete, but not actually get on stage?
I hear this from a lot of people. Very few will get on stage to compete, which is totally fine. Competing is not for everyone. And I don't think everyone SHOULD compete. However, many people come to me saying they want to LOOK like they could compete, just not get on stage.
The work to do that is the same. The only difference is one person will get on stage, and one will not. I just think most people have on idea what actually goes into the process of getting stage lean, or "ripped." So here are just 10 habits of those who compete or even those who look like they could:
They follow a structured food and training plan. No guessing. Everything is mapped out and done for a specific purpose.
They are consistent with following these plans. No bouncing from workout to workout or doing something different every week.
They mainly eat the same things every day. People will debate this, but from my experience, eating the same foods every day will help you stay consistent with calorie intake and learn what the body does/does not like.
Meals are simple- lots of egg whites, chicken, protein shakes, fish, healthy fats like avocados or avocado oil.
They weigh and measure all foods. Again, no guessing.
We are always preparing food lol. Even eating it cold while we are on the go.
No missed workouts. You find a way to get them done.
Good quality sleep. This is how the body recovers and manages stress.
We work our asses off, day after day after day. We know results take time, and we spend months and years building our physiques.
We make sacrifices. We know that to get where we want, sometimes we will have to sacrifice foods we love or dinners out.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of what goes into reaching a certain look. I'm not saying you have to look a certain way. I just want you to know that it takes a lot of work to see sculpted muscles and lean bodies. There are no shortcuts, cheating, or way to do it without working out hard and getting your nutrition right. No supplement is going to do that for you.
Want to compete someday or just get fit and healthy again, or maybe for the first time in your life? Ask me about 1:1 coaching, personal training, or my 8 week program called Lean Legs. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough and are willing to put in the work ;)