Monday, August 1, 2011


Secrets to Getting Ripped - FROM THE SERIES “ASK THE TRAINER”

By Monika Tarkowska-Carter, CPT, LWMC, HLC 2

Many people think that it’s easy to get great definition and be “ripped”. We see actors with perfect bodies all the time. What we don’t see, however, is the amount of hard work, proper planning and determination that goes into a beautifully sculpted physique. It takes a lot more than eating a healthy diet and exercising a few times a week.  Most importantly, it requires a lot of discipline which most of us don’t have. It requires not indulging in your favorite treats while others around you are eating what they want. Being diligent with the specific eating times and frequency, as well as amounts of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats). 

Many times it means measuring and/or weighing your food. Not something most of us are willing to go through on a daily basis. It takes grueling workouts, which wouldn’t even compare to our 30-minute leisurely walk on the treadmill or half-hour moderate intensity weight training. But if you are really determined and consistent, and have the right knowledge necessary for the process to be successful, you CAN achieve amazing results.

So here’s the RIPPED BODY “recipe” in a nutshell:  Click to Tweet

Proper, super healthy diet, just the right amount of food (watch as much for overeating as under eating!), proper timing of foods*, replenishing electrolytes, lots of good quality water, intense workouts, good quality sleep, enough recovery, stress control, healthy body (free of toxins of any kind), persistency and commitment, commitment, commitment. Nothing happens without it. can either work hard or..... just wear this T-shirt instead.                     

*Nutrient timing is a whole other topic in and of itself and I have devoted one of my recent blog posts to this interesting subject.

Do you live in the West LA area?  I currently have an opening for a individual who is strongly motivated to improve their fitness and wellness.  If that sounds like you, call me at 310-471-6786 and we can arrange a 45 minute interview to determine if we are a good match. 

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