How To Get Ripped Like Rocky Balboa
Being “ripped” is when your body fat is so low, that you can see the details of your muscles. “Ripped” means muscle striations, vascularity (veins), drum-tight skin, obvious “cuts” or separations between muscle groups, and of course — having a 6-pack of abs. Being lean is one thing and it’s a great thing, but make no mistake… when you go beyond lean… you get to a place called ripped!
Since it’s rare, when you see someone who’s ripped, you can’t help but notice and you can’t help but respect them because quite frankly, a ripped physique stands out. I mean, take a trip to Wal-Mart, Disneyworld, or the mall. 68% of Americans are overweight (up to 30 pounds over their ideal weight) and 30% are considered obese. Most of the world is fat, getting fat, or getting fatter. Again, a truly ripped person is such a rare sight and getting ripped is becoming an extremely remarkable achievement.
Bodybuilders already know what ripped means, because it’s part of their everyday vocabulary. And most of you probably know what it means because of all the P90x infomercials on TV, or the latest and greatest Abs Machine, or the hot new Cardio workout that will get you “ripped abs” in 30 days. Ripped pretty much has become a household word, but unfortunately, only a few people know the significance of being ripped, and fewer than that actually know HOW to get ripped.
But get ready, because you’re about to find out as take a look at Rocky Balboa.
Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!
Anytime I see Sylvester Stallone on screen, I am amazed at how fit and ripped he is. He’s pretty impressive at age 64, but remember, Rambo II and Rocky II and IV? Talk about being ripped! But here’s what’s interesting… he wasn’t huge in either of those movies. It’s just that his body fat was so low that there was this optical illusion that he was huge. He only weighed 165lbs in Rocky III and 173lbs in Rocky IV. It wasn’t huge muscle bulk and body weight that made Rocky legendary – it was being ripped. And his physique looked amazing because of his very low body fat level.
Let me say that again: Rocky looked amazingly fit because he had very low body fat. That’s the key! It’s not about doing a certain exercise or workout program. No training program can make you look more ripped if your body fat stays the same. The secret to getting ripped is to learn how to reduce body fat. It’s that simple. And it always starts with nutrition.
Remember, being ripped is not about numbers… it’s a look. When you see it, you know it. For instance, Rocky seemed to have super-tight, thin, and transparent skin that stretched across his muscles and laid on top like a thin sheet of shrink-wrap. His skin appeared so thin and tight that it made every muscle pop. You could literally see the separation between the different muscle groups. Even with his slightest body movements, you could see striations that rippled like waves across his muscle — especially when he was working out or throwing a punch.
And of course, Rocky had veins (or vascularity). Since body fat gets stored on top of the muscles and the veins, the leaner you get, the more vascularity is revealed. Although too many veins could be considered “gross,” Rocky had them and they actually added to his “ripped” physique. In fact, Rocky was so ripped (and this is the sign of a truly ripped athlete) that he had lower ab veins.
If it’s so rare to get ripped and if it’s so difficult to achieve, then not everyone can get there, right? Wrong. Mistake number one is not believing it’s possible. Sure, it takes a lot of hard work to get ultra-low body fat but Rocky never said it was easy. However, he did say it was worth it.
The good news is that almost anyone can get ripped. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder, an actor, a model, or have your own personal trainer and chef. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 50 year old woman, a busy executive, or a soccer mom — regular people can get ripped.
The single most effective fat burning system for getting ripped is weight lifting with proper nutrition. You have to work hard, get proper nutrition, and stay away from fad diets because even thought they might help take off the first 10-15 pounds, none of them will get you ripped. They always work at first, but they always stop working way before you reach that ripped look.
If getting lean or “ripped” is your ultimate goal, then you need a program that will take you there. Bodybuilding & nutrition programs like Body for Life, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, and P90X are a few ways to get there because they are based on the fundamental principal of working hard and eating properly. For ultimate leanness, programs like these have always worked and they always will. The reason these programs will continue to be successful and get more and more popular is because people are getting tired of hearing and trying the worthless new diet fads that continue to come and go.
It always comes around full circle — it always comes back to the basics.