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Getting Ripped Using Body Weight Exercises by Mark McMannus

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Getting Ripped Using Body Weight Exercises

For years people have been asking whether or not it is possible to get ripped simply using body weight exercises. Many of us are led to believe that lifting heavy weights everyday and dieting is the only way to get ripped, but there is definitely a way to do it without having to go to the gym.

Everyone's body works differently and even though lifting weights has its benefits, body weight exercises can deliver the same results, sometimes even better results. All you really need is your body, the right knowledge and a strong willed mind. By having the right knowledge you will use proper technique and form, and developing a muscle building mindset will ensure you reach your lean muscle goals in no time.

Experience Fat Burn and Lean Muscle Mass Gain Without Weights

The only way to continuously gain lean muscle mass is to put your muscles under more stress that they were compared to your last workout. This is often experienced when bodybuilders add more weights after every set or training session. Even though this is a great way to gain muscle, you can still experience these results at home by simple increasing the intensity of your body weight workouts.

If you were able to do 3 sets of 15 push-ups on Monday, then aim to do 18 on Wednesday. By gradually increasing the number of reps you perform you are essentially increasing the amount of stress your muscles are put under and thus the intensity of your workout.

Push-ups Are A Must!

As one of the most efficient body weight exercises, the push-up continues to be a workout that everyone should be doing. There are different variations of the push-up and it is essential that you progress through each one in order to reap the benefits of this amazing upper body workout.

The push-up will work your chest, back, core and even your arms and shoulders. This is truly a full upper body exercise and if you can do 50 repetitions without stopping, you will be well on your way to shedding upper body fat and building lean muscle mass.

The Measuring Stick Of Strength - The Pull-up

As arguably the most difficult body weight exercise there is, the pull-up continues to be the measuring stick of strength. If you are able to do a lot of pull-ups, you general have a far amount of relative strength. Relative strength essentially is how strong you are compared to your body. If you are very heavy person, yet you are able to do a lot of pull-ups, you are still considered to be quite strong.

By performing pull-ups you will be able to work your entire body throughout the exercise but most importantly your shoulders, biceps and triceps. Forget the bicep curls and focus on doing as many pull-ups as possible.

Most men have a hard time performing one or two sets so it is advisable not to lose motivation if you find that you are struggling throughout each set. Let's say you are capable of doing 8 pull ups to failure (i.e. your muscle physically can not perform another pull up) then if you are able to complete 3 sets of 8 pull-ups, you will be well on your way to getting ripped.

Use Your Leg Muscles

One of the most overlooked muscle groupswhen trying to get ripped with body weight exercises is the legs. Your leg muscles essentially support your entire body when standing, jogging or running. By working your legs, you will not only be sculpting your lower body but you will be strengthening and toning your body's foundation.

One of the most effective body weight leg exercises that is crucial to burning fat and toning your lower body are squats. By performing leg squats, you will be working your quadriceps along with your hamstring and glutes. This will not only increase muscle gain in your lower body but will also improve your cardiovascular workout regime which is crucial to getting a ripped lower body.

Your cardiovascular workouts should include both cardio and interval training exercises and by developing strong leg muscles you will find that you can run or cycle faster for short periods of time making it through each interval training circuit with ease. Remember that you want the ripped legs of a ripped sprinters body, not a marathon runner's body.

Diet And Why It's Important To Getting Ripped Without Weights or Gym Machines

If you truly want to learn how to get ripped without weights, you must have a healthy diet. Though many people will suggest that you should count your calories and make sure you eat a certain amount of proteins and carbs, people simply do not have the time and patience to do so.

As long as you are sure that you are eating a diet that contains lean, high-protein meats like tuna and chicken, healthy carbs like oats, and healthy fats like nuts, you will have an easy time losing body fat during your weight-free workouts. However remember that there is no substitute for focus and hard work but you will have to eat strict in order to have a rock hard body.

Focus on long term results and you will definitely see short term results come faster. People tend to overestimate what they can do in one month and under estimate what they are capable to do in one year. Stay focused and you will definitely reach your goals of getting ripped in no time. For more tips on how to get ripped visit

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