Everybody would love to wake up in the morning to find that they magically attained a physique that could grace a fitness magazine cover. The bad news is that this fantasy will never come true. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work, discipline and sacrifice to get the ripped physique that is so coveted in our culture.
Unfortunately, most regular folks do not have the time to adhere to a rigorous workout and nutrition regimen for 4 or 5 months. They have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that stand in the way of their fitness goals, and in most cases these responsibilities win the battle.
An Effective Alternative
Luckily, there are some alternatives to the traditional approach to getting ripped that can more easily be adopted by the average person to get in above average shape. Let me be clear; this will not be easy. You will not get great results with mediocre effort you will have to use the limited time you have to squeeze in as much work as possible, and your diet will have to make up for the calories you cannot burn in the gym.
I know this approach works because I, along with many of my fitness junkie friends, have used it successfully several times.
All fat loss regimens rely on two primary areas of effort; exercise and nutrition. This plan is no different, but it is designed to work for individuals who do not have hours to spend in the gym every day. I will start by going over the details of the exercise plan.
More Work in Less Time
The good news is you will be able to follow this routine as long as you can exercise for 30 minutes five times per week. The bad news is that those 30 minutes will be quite demanding. You will be performing a souped-up version of circuit training, which involves moving quickly from one exercise to the next without rest. For each training session you will choose one compound upper body exercise, one compound lower body exercise, and one intense aerobic exercise; bench press, squat, and stationary bike sprints for example.
You will perform one set of bench press for 12 repetitions using fairly heavy weight. You will then perform squats for 12 repetitions with fairly heavy weights. After that you will immediately perform a 2-minute bike sprint at 90% max effort. This is one circuit. Repeat these circuits without rest for the entire 30-minute session.
The Nutrition Plan
The nutrition plan will be very simple. You will eat lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats like almond butter, olive oil, and avocados. You will not eat bread, cereal, grains, pasta, processed sugar, flour, or any other foods high in carbohydrates. Eat 4 to 5 meals per day, making sure you get at least 30 grams of protein per meal. Eat leafy greens like spinach and arugula every day, and choose fruits like berries, apples, and citrus.
Keep at It
If you stick to this plan you will notice your body getting leaner every week, and if you are patient and persistent, you will eventually wake up with that ripped body you want; but in this scenario, you will have earned it!