Get Shredded For Intense Summer

For those of us who don’t reside in warm weather climates, the brighter mornings and longer days are the only thing we have to hold on to until this ferocious wave of winter makes its long awaited departure.

So with summer slowly inching its way closer and closer, I thought this would be as good a time as any to get all my fellow muscle heads into shredded beast mode.

In order to do this with any sense of physical decency. we need to address the fundamentals in three specific segments – training, supplementation and lifestyle. Let’s start with what you can do in the gym.

The Workout

If you’ve done your summer and winter homework, your strength and mass reserves should be peaking right about now. If you afre a beginner than Put these behind you, and focus on the cuts.

For the next 8 weeks, you’ll need to tap into your fat stores. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, as we’ll discuss throughout this article.


Weights First, Cardio Second

It amazes me how many bodybuilders and casual training enthusiasts jump right into their cardio routine as a warm-up.Now, this isn’t to imply that a few minutes on the stationary will hurt you.

But you need to remember that the energy you expel during this time will only reduce your ability to execute and complete the ultra-high rep endurance sets needed to facilitate the fat burning and toning process.

Instead of doing your cardio prior to working out, save it for after you’ve completed your entire workout. Not only will this increase your anaerobic potential, but it will also help you burn fat at a much greater rate of speed.
Intense summer

By the time you’ve finished your high rep sets, you will have already tapped into your glycogen supply for energy. This forces your body to use stored and brown fats as a primary and immediate source of fuel during summer.


Do At Least One Set Of Centuries Per Major Muscle Group:

Unless you’re content looking like some bloated beach mutant, your pre summer conditioning should be all about the high reps. Clearly, one of the best ways to chisel up during summer is to throw in at least one set of hundred-rep movements per major muscle group.

Aside from working many of the fast twitch fibers that rarely get used during your regular regimen, centuries serve as an excellent way to facilitate your body’s natural thermogenic, metabolic and cardiovascular properties.

Go as low-weight as you have to in order to complete the ENTIRE set, and don’t worry about who’s watching you go ballistic on a set of 10 or 15 pound bells. Don’t swing or jerk, and remember to keep your form controlled and fluid.

Each Workout, Add One New Move That You Never Do:

We all have our favorite exercises, and in light of that, we all equally have moves that we loathe. This is the time to do them! Muscle memory is one of the true culprits of high rep training, and it is vitally important to biologically confuse your system when trying to chisel away at any soft spots.

When you mix in super high rep movements that your body is not accustomed to executing, it opens up range of motion and literally forces muscle groups that you may have neglected for years to respond.

And make no mistake; this adjustment does not have to come in the form of raw steel and cast iron plates.

Swimming, pullups, wall climbing and other activities that many of us never consider are incredible ways to shock your system into a fat burning frenzy.

Do Something As Soon As You Wake Up:

If your morning routine during summer is similar to that of most Indians, you’re screwed. So don’t let it happen. The moment you rise, give yourself a quick breather to stretch and collect your thoughts, and then get a sweat going. Nothing insane, just a good 5 (or so) minutes of balls out energy-demanding cardio.

At this stage in the day, you will be operating be on zero calories, and this is unquestionably one of the best times to blast out a few minutes of cardio. Throw in a CD that puts you in the mood to destroy furniture (we all own one) and let the madness begin.

If you have access to an elliptical machine or stationary bike, great. If not, there’s virutally no limit to what you can do to jumpstart the fat burning process – free kicks and punches, push ups, crunches, rope skipping, and others all work. The important thing is to break a sweat.

The Supplements

Regardless of what you’ve been taking over the past few months, this is the time to focus your energies on those that will help you lean out faster than you ever have.

Coupled with the techniques listed above, the following products can get you on the road to ripped in plenty of time for that Memorial Day barbeque.

Summer

CLA:

Fat burners may come and go, but Conjugated Linoleic Acid is still the undisputed king of fat burning.

Aside from scouring the body for expendable fat stores and inhibiting the actions of lipoprotein lactase, CLA also helps spare lean muscle tissue from being catabolized, boosts immune system response, decreases insulin resistance and is non-stimulating.

It is one of the industry’s most researched compounds, and has been shown to work remarkably in a number of human trials.

L-Carnitine:

This amino acid-like compound has become legendary among endurance and fitness athletes based on its ability to target fat cells that are often extremely difficult to metabolize.

L-Carnitine works by shuttling medium and long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria region of the cell. Once there, they can be immediately converted into energy that you’ll need to endure those arduous high-rep sessions.

Carnitine has also been shown to expedite recovery by preventing and reducing post-workout lactic acid levels.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Though scores of people still refuse to believe it, your body MUST have an arsenal of good fat present in order to burn the fats that are prone to cellular storage.

Omega-3s are vital to hundreds of processes within the body – many of which are closely associated with metabolic enzymes and hormones that help the body use fat for energy.

If you’re taking CLA, don’t eat your Omega-3s at the same time. They will compete against each other for absorption. Leave at least a 3 hour window when taking both.

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