What’s the secret to knowing how to get ripped when you are over 40?
We live in a world where everyone wants quick results and I get it, who wants to wait months or years to get the lean body you want?
The reality is, it took time to get out of condition in the first place and it’s going to take time to get back in shape.
The quick road programs and supplements that you read about are trying to separate you from your hard earned cash!
Anything you want in life is going to take some hard work, uncomfortable times, discipline and dedication.
If getting lean and revealing your abs over the age of 40 was that easy, then every male would be walking around ripped and in shape.
The reality of the situation is in order to get lean; you’re going to have to give up something that you’re doing right now.
Maybe it’s getting up an extra hour earlier so you can go to the gym and lift weights, maybe it’s throwing out those unhealthy food choices so you can get your nutrition under control.
Whatever it is, you’ll need to make some sacrifices in order to get what you want. Something has to change.
How long will it take you to get a 6 pack?
My courses don’t have a start and end date i.e. 60 days to a 6 pack, simply because the length varies from person to person.
Everyone has a differing amount of body fat to lose, everyone has different structural and training limits.
Count on devoting months to your training rather than weeks, forget about the outcome for a minute and just focus on what you can do TODAY to make your goal a reality.
If you focus on what you can do today, long term success almost takes care of itself.
All those little bits soon add up to huge improvements, you’ll keep making strength improvements, you’ll keep making small adjustments to your nutrition and you’ll keep losing small amounts of body fat.
If you focus on the outcome too much though, you’ll get suckered into thinking this should be happening fast, then when you don’t have a 6 pack in a few weeks you’ll get frustrated and throw in the towel.
Take a step back chill out and relax, forget about all those false promises and make just one adjustment today.
Can you get the right amount of calories you need to start making changes to your body? Can you devise a weight training program that’s going to improve your body composition? Can you create a plan of attack so you know exactly how long it’s going to take you to reach your goal?
By focusing on one little piece at a time you’ll be on the path to greatness.
This is exactly what I did when I got down to my leanest body composition, I broke the goal up into small chunks and focused on achieving each small chunk each week.
I got stronger on the major compound movements and altered my nutrition so that I was in a calorie deficit. I took up walking at the weekends to help burn extra body fat and included some body weight drill and kettlebell sessions to improve my conditioning.
I didn’t see massive improvements over a few weeks, but over time the small improvements added up to huge improvements!
Then one day – boom, my leanest ever body was staring back at me in the mirror. Even if you’re over forty years old, don’t let the opportunity of getting in your best condition yet pass you by.
It’s going to take some hard work
My approach to fitness is vastly different than what the mainstream promotes. But what’s promoted as gospel doesn’t work for drug free naturals who want to build their best body.
Just because I recommend a training schedule that has you training on less workout days, doesn’t mean you can loaf around in the gym.
You still need to push for personal records and exceed what you were capable of last week.
Improvements in strength will help you build lean muscle and extra muscle is responsible for getting you lean in the first place.
Strength training is one of the greatest gifts to men, do everything you can to strength train 2-3 x per week and you’ll start to notice incredible changes to your body over the long term.
Consistency is key
Have you ever wondered what separates those that are successful in fitness to those that never quite get the body they want?
Even if they had access to the exact same programs and nutrition protocols some would succeed and others wouldn’t.
It all comes down to consistency. Doing the work, something that a lot of people aren’t prepared to do.
Whenever someone tells me they’ve been training for a long period of time but just aren’t getting lean I always question what they’re doing.
Most simply aren’t being consistent with their training or nutrition. In order to get lean consistency is key. You have to be prepared to stick to a regime over the long term and measure those small wins along the way.
Those that try and approach fitness as a quick fix will keep jumping to the next training program or fad supplement.
Getting a lean body comes down to training on an intelligent program, eating correctly and doing it long enough to actually get the results you want.
Getting a lean body is going to take focus, determination and dedication. Don’t be one of those men that falls for fads, fallacies or programs that simply don’t work for men over 40.
Learn how to train and eat correctly, focus on getting all your “todays” right and you’ll make dramatic improvements to your body.