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The Formula for Success: What it Takes to Develop a Lean and Ripped Physique

  Jun 5th, 2012

Secret to SuccessOne of the necessary traits of any successful personal trainer or transformation coach is having the ability to motivate others.


I pride myself on this ability, but there are times when my motivational strength may somewhat cloud the effort involved for those I’m consulting to progress from point A to point B.


I understand this is a personal weakness and I promise to work on it  😉


For those of you wanting to get ripped, I am going to shoot it to you straight. No matter where you’re starting from, it is going to take a high level of dedication and hard work for you to get there.


And it doesn’t matter what training or nutrition plan you intend to follow. If you aren’t willing to spend a considerable amount of time monitoring your nutrition, and training at least 5 days each week, it just isn’t going to happen for you. Sorry, but that’s just the cold hard truth.


Deep down, the average person already knows this. But there is something within us that wants to believe that we’re the next magic pill or 10-minute abs program away from finally having the body we’ve always wanted.


Don’t even waste your money!


You don’t need supplements to get ripped and there will never be a program that can replicate in 10 minutes per day what used to take an hour a day to accomplish.


Time for Some Motivation

Now that I’ve hopefully cleared up for you that getting ripped isn’t going to happen overnight, or without a certain amount of personal sacrifice, let me do what I do best – motivate you!


The Secret to Fitness SuccessI know it sounds cliché, but I sincerely believe that anyone who truly sets their mind to achieving something will find a way to make it happen. Bodily transformations are no exception. Do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger won 7 Mr. Olympia and 6 Mr. Universe titles by accident?


Of course not!


He woke up every morning with a clear vision of what he hoped to accomplish and what he needed to do to accomplish it. I understand that some of you are thinking, “Yeah, but Arnold is a known steroid user.” While I have already conceded this point, Arnold’s success had just as much to do with having the mindset of a champion.


Do you think no other bodybuilders were juicing when he won those titles? Steroids aren’t what set him apart from his peers.


His work ethic and relentless pursuit of excellence is why he dominated the world of competitive bodybuilding for over a decade, only losing a Mr. Olympia competition one time in that span.


I’m obviously using an extreme example to drive home a tangible point to the average, drug-free individual interested in improving their physique. Even though most people have little desire to look like Arnold, the formula for success is still the same:


  • Set and identify your goals
  • Find or develop a plan for achieving your goals
  • Be relentless in following that plan
  • Work your tail off
  • Never give up until you’ve tasted success


You Can Achieve Success

There are other minute details I could have provided for each of the points above, but this is the high level formula followed by those who’ve achieved a significant level of success in any aspect of life. The beautiful thing about this formula is that anyone can follow it. Seriously.


Look at the list above…


Can you set goals for yourself? I hope so.


Can you develop a plan to get you where you want to go (or learn from someone who’s already developed one)? Of course!


Can you commit to being relentless in following through? You will if your goals are really that important to you.


Can you work your tail off to reach your goals? Sure you can. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but you’re certainly capable of consistent hard work.


Are you willing to do these things for as long as it takes? If not, find something else to pursue.


In order to make sure I’m not falling back into my bad habit of clouding the amount of difficulty involved with achieving success (I told you I’m working on it), I’d like to be clear that any goal that isn’t extremely important to you won’t supply you with the steady stream of motivation required to see it through to completion.


If Arnold was only mildly passionate about building the best physique on the planet, it never would’ve happened for him.


The same can be said about any other individual’s ability to achieve their own fitness goals – regardless of what they may be. Whether you desire to get ripped and muscular, or just get rid of 20 pounds of excess body fat, the formula outlined above will be required to get you there to one degree or another.


Do You Want to Get Ripped?

Success is Hard WorkDumb question right? The ripped physique is the ideal body type for both men and women. So who wouldn’t want to be lean, muscular and sexy?


Be forewarned… Getting ripped is not easy.


In fact, it takes months of hard work and dedication to reduce body fat into the single digits and sculpt a body of chiseled muscles. If it were easy, everyone would be walking around with a ripped physique.


That being said, 4 of the 5 elements in the formula for success must come from within. The planning portion is the only one that can be outsourced, and should be outsourced, in most instances because it can save you a considerable amount of time and heartache.


If you lack the training and nutritional knowledge to devise a plan for getting ripped, you have two options:


  1. Spend years learning and experimenting to develop a level of knowledge that will allow you to construct an effective plan for getting ripped
  2. Learn from someone who’s already done this for you


I wrote Ripped Out for those who don’t have the time or desire to figure things out for themselves and need an applicable, step-by-step plan for getting ripped by building muscle and reducing measurable amounts of body fat each and every week.


It’s not easy. But, if you’re ready to commit to do what it takes to develop the ideal physique, it will show you an exact plan to do just that.


Regardless of your goals, I hope I’ve helped you to understand that there’s just no acceptable substitute for good ole fashion commitment to hard work and the relentless pursuit of improving your situation.


Identify your goals, devise a plan for achieving them, be relentless in sticking to the plan, work your tail off and never give up. That is the secret to success!




3 Responses
  1. Scott Allen says:

    I find that people who are highly motivated and dedicated about fitness seem locked into the idea of telling people that they just need to be highly motivated and dedicated. But the reality is, those of us who have ballooned up to, say, 50% to 100% over our ideal weight simply ARE NOT motivated and dedicated about our fitness, and no amount of cheerleading, encouragement, etc., is going to get us there.

    The reality is, we’re lazy. We’re unmotivated. We go to the gym because the discomfort of being overweight has finally gotten greater than the pain in the ass of going to the gym. We eat junk food because it’s quick, easy and convenient.

    So the only way to really make effective change for people like me is to make it easy, to make it fun, to make it fit my lifestyle, to make it habit.

    So what am I doing now that’s actually working?


    – Warrior Diet — I don’t have to fix meals throughout the day, and I don’t have to worry about measuring portions at night. I don’t pig out, but I just don’t worry about it. Basically, snack 3-4 times a day from a very limited food selection, then eat what you want, within reason, at night.

    – Made a list of acceptable foods that are a) testosterone-enhancing, or at least don’t have an estrogenic effect, and b) low glycemic index. And that is ALL WE BUY at the grocery store. I figure 1-2 dinners out per week isn’t going to ruin everything if that’s my baseline diet.


    – I bought a sledgehammer ($25) and start every day with about 20 minutes with it. It’s fun, it’s full-body, it’s convenient, and it gets your energy going in the morning.

    – Throughout the day, I up my physical activity in little ways, like every time I go up or down the stairs, I go up and down an extra time. I do hand grip exercises or something while I’m on the phone. I go use the downstairs bathroom (my office is upstairs), etc. Anything for just a little more physical activity.

    – Gym, 7pm, at least 5 days a week. And I got a membership at the gym that’s closest to my house, not the one with all the coolest equipment, swimming pool, etc. — the one that’s a mile from my house. Workout is about 45 minutes. If I miss the gym for whatever reason, I do another sledgehammer workout.

    I can’t really attribute it to motivation or dedication — I certainly don’t “feel” motivated or dedicated. I have to attribute it to doing everything possible to make it as easy as possible to stick to it. Remove temptation. Make it as quick and easy to work out. Find simple ways to increase your physical activity. Find an eating pattern that works with your lifestyle.

    My $0.02…

  2. I’m not sure I understand how you can say that you’re not motivated and then go on to say that you structure your diet around only eating certain foods, train 5 days a week and you make a conscious effort to increase your level of activity in all that you do.

    Sounds like you’re pretty motivated to me 🙂

    By the way, motivation doesn’t always come in the form of encouragement. Sometimes the best encouragement is reaching the point where you realize how uncomfortable you are with your situation and become willing to do whatever it takes to change it.

    I am someone who did balloon up by 60lbs in a matter of 3 years, so I know exactly what that feels like. Finally realizing that I needed to change is what initially motivated me to take action and lit my passion for fitness, especially as it pertains to helping others live strong, fit and healthy. I know others with similar stories as well.

    Whatever it is that’s keeping you going, don’t lose sight of it. There are few things as important as living fit and being healthy.

    Thanks for sharing Scott!

  3. Scott Allen says:

    I guess it’s a matter of perception, and maybe my perception is distorted, but…

    When I see my son and his best friend getting ready to go to the gym, they’re all energized, going through their pre-workout routine, etc. They read everything they can on fitness and have really fine-tuned their workouts. They seem “pumped”.

    Me, I DRAG my ass to the gym every day. I don’t feel motivated; I feel frustrated. I literally jiggle my fat before I go so I can remind myself why I’m going to the gym instead of grabbing a beer and popping on the TV.

    I guess anything you do that keeps you moving forward is, technically, motivation. I just wish it came easier for me.

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