How to Get Ripped

How to Get Ripped – Avoid these Mistakes!

So many people wonder how to get ripped and what it will take to get shredded.  It’s definitely a commitment, but I honestly feel anyone, no matter where they are in their journey, can get ripped.

However, so many people trying to get ripped make such crucial mistakes during their fitness journey that either slow their results or even have their results come to a complete stop.  So I want to share some mistakes many people make when trying to get ripped and shredded.  If you can avoid these mistakes or correct them if you are currently making them, then you will be well on your way to getting your body ripped and shredded and having fitness results you desire.

How to Get Ripped by Avoiding Common Mistakes:

Fitness Mistake #1 – 

Seeing fitness as an EXPENSE rather than an INVESTMENT:

Why is it then when it comes to our health and fitness, we often have a frugal mindset.  We tend to look for shortcuts.  We find ourselves looking for a cheap, quick fix.  We cut things out to save a quick buck, even though we know these things are important and crucial for our health and results.  STOP doing this!  It’s time to understand and accept the fact that your health is an investment.  I’ll be the first to tell you, you get what you pay for.  If it’s cheap, chances are it is.  Don’t sacrifice quality because it’s cheaper.  In the long run, it’s not going to be cheaper.  I promise you one thing, future hospital bills and medications are much more expensive than healthier lifestyle choices.  This is your body we’re talking about.  You only get one body, one life, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!  Your body and your health are an investment.  Face it. Yes, you will be investing in workouts, equipment, supplements, healthy food, etc., but this should be one investment you never hesitate to take.  Workout programs are a hell of a lot cheaper than medical bills.  Here’s one thing to think about, if you have a family, would you ever want to look into your family’s eyes and tell them, “I want to be happy and healthy so I can live a long, long time, however, my life, my health and my family is just not worth the investment.”  You couldn’t imagine ever saying this to your family, could you?  Well, by making cheap choices toward your health, you’re basically silently saying this.  Ever hear this quote, “pay the farmer now, or pay the doctor double later.”   Think about it.  Your health is your future and should be your biggest investment.  Always.

Fitness Mistakes #2 – 

Not committing to a SPECIFIC ROUTINE:

We’ve all done this.  Jumping from workout to workout, trying new things every day, in and out, up and down, this one, that one, we’ve all fallen victim to this.  This past winter, I fell victim to this.  I would say this mistake contributed to why I fell off the wagon as bad as I did.  There was just no consistency.  There was no way I could fall into a routine.  I had nothing to grab onto or look forward to.  I went into every day with no plan or direction.  Each day was totally different.  One day, I would do late night cardio.  The next day, I would do early morning weights.  The next day, I would do weights again.  The day after that, I would do some cardio and some weights.  I was all over the place.  Don’t get me wrong, variety is the spice of life, however, when you are just “going with the flow,” variety can also have you spinning your tires.  Without a consistent routine and a solid game plan each day, I wasn’t going to see the results I wanted.  When you’re not seeing results, it’s hard to stay motivated.  I could only last for so long before I fizzled out and that’s exactly what happened.  Before I knew it, I started to lose that spark and the excitement about working out.  When I decided to lock into my current workout routine and structured meal plan to go along with it, the more direction I had. Once I became consistent with that, my results improved instantly.  So please, if you are bouncing around from workout to workout, stop!  Follow a specific plan of action each day.

Beyond just working out, I’m also on a consistent supplement plan to make sure my body is getting what it needs to recover and stay healthy for optimal performance.  I’m more than happy to share my supplement plan and schedule with you if you need some guidance or inspiration.  Supplements are definitely helpful, especially when it comes to recovery and replenishing.

What workout am I doing to get shredded?  Click here to see my full workout plan!

Fitness Mistakes #3 –


Boy oh boy, this might be the biggest common mistake I made.  Have you ever heard someone say, “you’ll never out-train an unhealthy diet?”  Well, I hate to break it to you, but that’s a correct statement.  You can stick to your workout, do it consistently every day, bring the intensity every time, however, if you are eating garbage with no positive nutritional value, you’ll never see the maximum results.  Your body is a big machine, with a powerful engine, but if you fuel it with dirty fuel, it’s not going to run the best way it’s intended to.  An unhealthy diet will always put a cap on your potential.  It will always hold you back from where you want to be.  People make this mistake more than any, myself included.

Have you ever said to yourself, “I worked out today, so I can have some pizza and wings later.”  Of course, we’ve all said this.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the occasional treat is great and much deserved in moderation.  However, this is where the issue is.  Too many people fall into this routine.  One night of pizza quickly turns into two nights, then three nights. Then it’s ice cream night, weekend beers and burger and fries.  Before you know it, you’re up 10 lbs and feeling miserable.  Don’t fall into this routine of finding yourself saying, “It’s okay if I eat this garbage because I’ll workout later.” Trust me, it’s very easy to use this statement every time you’re near an ice cream parlor, pizza shop, bar or burger hut.

Also, here’s my question to you, do you really want to commit 100% to your workout, bust your butt day in and day out, give everything you have, but at the end of it all, still not see the results you want to see?  Of course not.  If you’re spending money on your workout programs and supplements, putting in the time, effort and pain in the gym, don’t you want to see the best reward from doing so?  I know I do.  So stop trying to out-train an unhealthy diet.  Hands down, 75% of your results reflect what you’re doing OUTSIDE the gym (nutrition, supplementation, recovery, etc.).  Premium fuel = premium operation = premium results.

Need some guidance?  If you would like to see a sample of my Grocery List or see some of my basic Meal Planning, feel free to connect with me.  I will be more than happy to send you over some information and guidance to help you get on the right path and use as inspiration.

What does my meal plan look like?  Click here to see my full meal plan!

Fitness Mistake #4 –

Not having a PLAN and a GOAL IN MIND:

“Failing to plan means you’re planning to fail.”  It’s like I was going into every day without a plan.  I was “winging it.”  Ever have that feeling?  You wake up when your alarm clock goes off, you shower, you get ready, and then you think, “Hmm.. what am I going to do today?”  Then, you realize you forgot to eat breakfast before you headed to work.  Then, while you’re at work, you realize that you didn’t pack anything for lunch.  Just when you think it couldn’t get worse, you realize you didn’t take anything out to thaw for dinner later.  Every have those days?  Heck, I fell into making this mistake time and time again.

Or what about with your workouts.  Similar to mistake #2, you can’t expect to get very far if you have no idea what you’re doing or aiming for in the first place.  Think about this, are you one who goes into every workout with really no “end-game” in mind other than to just get the workout over with?  Sometimes, it can be easy to forget why we’re even working out in the first place.

This was my issue this past winter.  I had absolutely no plan in place, no goals on the table, no skin in the game and no direction to go.  It’s almost like my attitude was, “Well, here’s to another day.  Let’s just get through it.”  What?!  What kind of attitude is that?!  Judging by my horrible “before photo,” it definitely wasn’t a good attitude to have.  When it comes to your workouts, have a set goal and write it down somewhere you can see it every day.  Understand why you’re working out and what the target on the horizon is you’re aiming for.  You should be fueled by the results you desire to see. As you progress closer to your goals, be sure to take updated progress photos regularly.  It’s motivating to see your body changing, trust me.

More importantly, when it comes to your nutrition, you absolutely need to have a plan in place.   When you try and “wing it” like I was, you basically end up eating fast-food, processed junk and artificial garbage.  Have some direction each day. Follow a structured meal plan, prep your meals in advance for the week, cook in bulk so you have leftovers to use in other recipes for the next few days, and you know what you’re having to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all your snacks through-out the day.

Fitness Mistakes #5 –

Failing to have a SUPPORT SYSTEM:

Stop trying to fight the battle all by yourself.  Fitness is hard, but trust me, it’s even harder when you’re going at it alone.  Have someone or something keep you accountable, whether it be a friend, a spouse, a trainer, or even an online fitness coach like myself.  Think about it, when we workout alone, we think we give it 100%.  Sometimes we do, but a lot of times, we don’t.  Seriously, think about this one.  Ever notice that when someone is working out with you, you tend to push yourself a little more to lift heavier, do more reps to keep up, or even add a few routines in the mix to challenge one another?  Ever notice that?  But yet, the other day when you did the same workout alone, you weren’t lifting as much, didn’t do as many reps, and you didn’t add any additional routines into the mix to challenge yourself.  But how come when a buddy is with you, it’s like you caught a second wind and now magically can lift more, do more reps and push yourself outside beyond what you can do alone?

Or here is another example, ever do so many reps to the point where you honestly feel like you can’t possibly do another?  But then a buddy of yours will yell, “come on man, one more! One more! Lets go! You got this!” All of a sudden, it’s like you’ve logged into Hulk Mode and can magically do one more rep.  Notice how having a support system and accountability partners can help?  Having someone else push and challenge you outside your comfort zone will keep you on the right track.  When we don’t have anyone watching us or if we don’t have anyone to report to, it can be very easy to venture off course and give into excuses.  However, if you have someone there with you or someone to check in with, you have a way better chance staying the course and keeping to your promises.  Accountability is key to long term commitment.  Never go into a fitness journey alone.  Like I said, whether it be a friend, a spouse, a trainer, or even an online fitness coach like myself, have someone to check in with regularly.

Okay, now what do you do?

So after seeing my top 5 biggest mistakes, how many of them sound familiar to you?  Are you falling victim to one, or some, or all of these mistakes too?  If you are, don’t worry too much because I promise you, there’s a way to change this.  Now, some of the mistakes are easy to fix and some of them are a little tougher.  Some might take some time.  But speaking from my own personal experience, if you work at it, you can get back on the right track and never make these mistakes again.

It just takes ONE DECISION.

It’s time to decide that you’re going to make the changes and do something about it.  You can think about it all you want, but taking action will be the only way to truly see change.  It comes down to deciding that you’ll do whatever it takes to overcome these mistakes to becoming the healthiest, happiest, strongest, best version of yourself moving forward.

You can continue like you are now; making these mistakes, limiting yourself, and heading down a path of “average results,” or you can decide that enough is enough, this is the turning point and boost you need to start correcting these mistakes today.

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