Getting ripped over 40....

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    Feb 07, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Are you over 40 and ripped? What are the top three things you do in your fitness and diet routines go help you stay ripped?
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    Feb 07, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    JackHoffman saidAre you over 40 and ripped?
    No. Life stops at 40, and becoming ripped is a pipe dream of the past. Shoulda done that when you were younger. You're shit outta luck now.

    JackHoffman saidWhat are the top three things you do in your fitness and diet routines go help you stay ripped?
    Recliner.
    Pizza delivery.
    Netflix.
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    Feb 07, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    i shop online .icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 07, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    Up at 4:30am Monday through Friday, work out for an hour

    Eat, eat, eat

    Cardio 3 days a week (interval sprinting).
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    Feb 07, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    40PPS saidUp at 4:30am Monday through Friday, work out for an hour

    Eat, eat, eat

    Cardio 3 days a week (interval sprinting).


    With me it is keeping the metabolism popping. I can put on muscle effortlessly, but cutting is harder. I have to keep my metabolic rate tweaked by rotations of routines that always have cardio and sub-cardio fat burning such as walking in a swimming pool.

    I do this maybe six days a week average: 20 cardio (doesn't matter what kind); hit a body part HEAVY and hard for mass; 20 cardio; a second body part HEAVY and hard for mass; 20 cardio. Then walk in the pool for 20-30 min depending on how I feel. Sometimes I'm too whipped to do it. But this routine keeps the metabolic rate elevated for a longer period of time so fat burning can still take place.
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    Feb 07, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    I found the mix of diet and intensity in the gym is what it takes. Keeping fat intake down while increased protein and moderate carbs. High intensity cardio works at getting that ripped look.
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    Feb 07, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    Top 3 Things:

    1. Cardio

    2. Core Work

    3. Mayonnaise Baths

    Ok, I don't really do #3. The main thing is that I do #1 and #2 with lots of intensity and discipline. So much so that I don't worry about my diet. But diet would be what most guys would want to do to get ripped. Simply eliminating most of the carbs and sugar from what you're eating. See my profile for more details.
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    Feb 07, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    Diet is the bottom line....meaning to eat healthy and tasty food...and not junk food galore
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    Feb 07, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    1. Focus
    2. Intensity
    3. Consistency

    you have to want it, you have to set a long term goal and continue to push for it. You need to eat well but you also need to reward yourselves with foods you love as well or it will drive you nuts and derail you from your goals.

    Alot of people work out but they go through the motions, take a look today in the gym at what people are doing and how much talking and how much time between sets or exercises, you'd be suprised how unfocused they are.

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    Feb 07, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    1.Diet. 6 small meals a day. ( and don't let people make you feel guilty that you won't eat dessert)

    2.Having a goal set that involves being lean. I buy an expensive swimsuit about this time of year....KNOWING I have to be able to wear it at the pool Memorial Day!

    3. For me, has to be 45 minutes high intense cardio.
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    Feb 07, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    I think a lot has to do with when you started working on your body too. Yeah, some guys are ripped in their 50s but started working out in their 20s or 30s. I'm not sure that a guy in his 50s can ever be ripped without giving up all his social life and living at the gym and even then, I think the chances of getting hurt go up dramatically.

    I find that in my 50s I can more easily pull, rip or break something which takes forever to recover from than anytime in my life.

    Cardio is how I try and keep the metabolism going, I lift what I can which has helped with at least a little muscle but I feel like I've peaked. My diet is pretty good, yep I do break down on occasion and have a beer or a piece of cake but I do need to live a little too right?
  • laxdude25

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    Feb 07, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    i'm in my 50's and lean/muscular...not sure whether you'd call me ripped. in my case, the order of key factors:
    1) genes
    2) naturally high metabolism, the results of both genes and a very active lifestyle. i play/coach soccer, ski, bike, surf, play squash, etc.
    3) diet: i eat really well, with limited processed or junk food, and try to limit carbos after 7pm. ice cream is my primary downfall...and unfortunately my wife and younger daughter make GREAT brownies, cookies, etc. at least the treats are home made, all organic.
    4) core work and regular aerobic exercise.

    unfortunately, not everyone can duplicate #'s 1 and 2. I'm just lucky.
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    Feb 07, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    OOH Free advice, Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    Paleo diet
    Weight training once a week
    Vinyasa yoga once a week. Morning stretches
    Hiking, biking and staying active . Do rather than watch.
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    Feb 07, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    good diet and portion control (not starving)

    playing a sport/ hobby that keeps you physically moving in ways that mimic all the twists,turns and bends your body can naturally do (not just pumping weights)

    good genes from mom and dad

    an insanely high metabolism and the need to be mentally and physically plugged into something at all times ( doing not watching). A good mental disorder like ADHD works wonders.icon_wink.gif

    not watching TV

    going to a family event or school reunion and seeing everyone your age looking 20 years older than you, sadly out of shape and not caring one bit about it.

    an extremely healthy, positive love connection between your mind and every inch of your precious body ( don't forget fingers and toesicon_biggrin.gif)


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    Feb 07, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Diet and cardio and consistancy! I am on the way to a ripped physique and untill have been serious aboutthis for the last 3 years but only "discovered" cardio for real in the last 9 months. What a diffrence that made. Anyhoo stay focused and good luck man.
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    Feb 07, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    muscle training
    diet
    activity
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    Feb 07, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    let's not forget after 40, being in top shape is about your only leverage to get laid. ;p

    i was never " ripped" , i feel ridiculous even saying the word... but at 54 i am now actually trying to gain mass . So i train harder than ever .
    Eat more than ever and gained 15 pounds in 4 months , some of which is fat, but also muscle ( hey! 1/2 " on my arms , lol ) ., Last summer i couldn't even bench my own weight. Now i can .
    I have long segments, narrow wrists etc. so how far i'll get is a mystery but the process is really a blast.

    I did cut cardio down to 2 or 3 short outings/week ( running, mtbiking, xcountry ski ) . Increasing it now .

    Thing is you start modestly, and find yourself hooked at some point when you notice some progress in tone, size, whichever you're after .
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    Feb 07, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    I eat only healthy foods -- not sometimes, but always. Many people tell themselves they're eating a healthy diet when they're not.

    I work out -- hard. I honestly don't see too many guys working out that hard. At least not by my standards.

    I move my body -- a lot. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I walk instead of taking the subway or a cab. And this is in addition to the 30 miles of running I do every week.


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    Feb 07, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    1) eat my meals on small plates, don't take seconds.

    2) work out consistently -- I don't work out every day (more like 3 times a week) but I almost never take a break from that regimen.

    3) eliminated french fries and changed my ice-cream dessert habit into a cereal-dessert habit. But I choose fun cereals like Fruity Pebbles.

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    Feb 07, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    Awesome tips... intensity and cardio are consistent themes. Can't do much about my genes.... yet.
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    Feb 07, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    Commitment to self.
    Tenacity and dedication to training.
    Intensity without compromise.
    Clean diet.

    And most of all - compare yourself to nobody else other than

    yourself.

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    Feb 07, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    I'll leave it for others to decide whether or not I'm ripped, but I do find consistency is the main thing. Hit the gym 5x a week, do pushups, pullups and situps at home, run 4 or 5x a week, and watch diet. . . avoid junk food and fast food. Do that and you'll be pretty much good to go
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    Feb 08, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    For me, it seems like each year that goes by, it gets harder and harder not to pack on the pounds. In my twenties, I could clean up my diet for a few weeks and add a little extra cardio and that did the trick. Now, not so much. Oh well, I'm getting older but it still beats the alternative.
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    Feb 08, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    eb925guy said...I'm not sure that a guy in his 50s can ever be ripped without giving up all his social life and living at the gym and even then, I think the chances of getting hurt go up dramatically...


    I was told something similar when I was in my mid-40's when I started working out, after being sedentary all my life.

    Also was told that I'd never get muscular because I didn't start training in my 20s.

    And I ALSO was told that I was crazy when I wanted to overcome my fear of water (from a childhood accident) and learn to swim at age 44. I was acing the swim portion of sprint triathlons 2 years later.

    Don't believe it. Henry Ford said it best..."Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right."

    Anybody can get hurt at any age if you're not smart about what you're doing. If you recognize that you're not in a 20-year-old's body and act accordingly you'll be fine.

    Train, eat, and live with intelligence and intensity. Believe in yourself and you can do it.