I have a quick and concise question: I was told recently by a Physical Education teacher that there is no way to achieve a lean, ripped body simply by following a consistent bodyweight + interval training routine at home (while following a clean diet). She said she was qualified to say that.
In your professional opinion, is it indeed impossible? Is it necessary to go to the gym and use machines for those types of results? I ask because I found her opinion strange, especially since I now do that type of training at home with Zuzana from Body Rock TV four times a week and follow a clean diet. Within the last 5 months I have seen some extremely encouraging changes in my body – not to mention my attitude as well. I’ve seen it and so have my family and friends.
Any thoughts you have on the matter would be appreciated! : )
First of all, I want to say congratulations on your success thus far. I love that you say that not only you but also your friends and family see changes in your attitude. That’s great as I always say exercise reaches further than just outward appearances.
I had to think for a bit on how to comment on this “teachers” statement without seeming really rude. But truthfully, she doesn’t know her ass from her elbow! Seriously, I don’t know if this is a trend, but my son’s gym teacher has also said some ridiculous things. For instance, she said all kids have to drink whole milk everyday; not skim, not 2%, not almond, rice or soy, but regular old fattening calorie loaded whole milk! She’s also said that full sit-ups are bad for kids to perform and only allows them to do crunches. The result, my son couldn’t do one freakin’ sit-up! I digress, sorry…
It’s so super simple to understand this – achieving a lean, ripped physique is possible, even without any exercise! Yes, you read that right. It’s all about body fat levels, and visibly seeing the muscles of the human body. Muscle by definition is toned, and even at basic human development most people carry a decent amount of mass. It’s our obesity epidemic and overeating culture that has lead a great percentage of the population to literally be covered in fat. Which means you can’t see the muscles you already have.
I had a bad case of mono my senior year of high school. I was bed ridden for 2 months, could barely eat, or work out or exercise, and I lost a tremendous amount of weight. When I returned to health and school I was ripped! Albeit I was smaller from muscle mass I had lost but I was ripped! Seriously, I remember friends asking me if they could get sick (creepy actually as today’s society has produced the virus diet for weight loss) because they saw how I looked.
Now, of course exercise speeds up the process, burns calories, build muscles, vitality and health etc. You know how it goes. And working out with machines and free weights will build bigger muscles than a bodyweight routine just due to the adaptive process. Use of bigger weights equals bigger muscles generally. But you didn’t ask her how to get huge and lean, you asked if you could get a lean ripped body using Zuzi workouts and interval training. The answer is yes of course you can, if your diet is right and you reduce your body-fat to low enough levels.
Different types of training produce different results; whether it is strength, muscle, cardio-vascular fitness gains, or whatever. But no matter how you train, if you’re too fat, you ain’t gonna’ see jack, or your abs. At the end of the day, you have to eat right and watch your portions to show off those muscles. So diet for a few months, get shredded, and then ask your teacher if she wants to do her laundry on your abs!
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