So you’re pursuing a better body, are you? Maybe there’s room for improvement or you’d like better health. Or you simply enjoy the process and positive seeing changes in your body. Whatever your reasons, there are a few non-negotiables when it comes to getting cut.
Look, you know you have to be committed to get a lean, cut body. People with muscle definition are doing a lot of things right, not just one or two things. They’re living all of necessary components and more – like knowing how to keep things going and how to stay motivated.
You can get a lean, cut body and that V-shape if you want it. But you can’t skip any one area – it’s a package deal. And you need to be having fun or you’ll never stick with it. How badly do you want it? It’s all up to you – we all make choices about how we look and feel.
Reality Check: Diet is #1
The nutrition component of getting cut is the hardest for most people. It’s also the most important. You can’t see your muscles if you have a layer of fat over them. Those hard, ripped bodies you see? Diet first, then exercise.
A natural, clean diet is not an “I’ll eat this way every other day” kind of deal, and it’s not “I can eat fast food only for lunch” kind of proposition. You’ve got to make it your lifestyle. Once you do, you won’t want to go back, especially when those beautiful defined muscles are revealed. You also have to eat enough (and enough protein) to support muscle development.
Most People Cannot Skip Cardio
Cardio will help you maintain your caloric balance, but you shouldn’t overdo it. You’re trying to build muscle and excessive cardio can interfere with that. Each of you has different requirements; if you’re losing weight, focus on that goal first. Once you’re at about 24-26% body fat you’ll start to see definition and can cut back on cardio.
You can do high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuits, or steady-state sessions. HIIT is fast, intense spurts of cardio that can raise your metabolism and take less time. You can do HIIT 2 to 3 times a week as long as you’re not doing it back-to-back with an intense leg day in the weight room. (Rest is important in the get-cut equation too!)
The Best Part: Lifting Weights
In this blog I’ve written about weightlifting techniques, equipment, approaches, and exercises, so take some time to peruse the posts. The basics? Lift heavy. Use isolation exercises in moderation and focus on compound movements. Mix it up every 4 to 6 weeks. Rest for 48 hours before working the same muscle group. Use proper form. The bottom line is that weights are great fun so get in that weight room and act like you own the damn place.
Be proud of your body and the fun it takes. Post pictures of your cut and lean self. And let me know how it’s going.
This article originally appeared on www.workoutnirvana.com.