Getting ripped isn't as hard as you think. First, you need a reason to start—a reminder of why you're getting up an hour earlier and doing cardio on an empty stomach or running sprints in the snow or heat. For me, I just wanted to get fitter than I'd ever been before, to prove to myself that I could get there. You also need an end date, a deadline. This helps you remember that every day counts. You'll also know you won't have to stay on a super-strict regimen forever.
Finally, you have to have a plan—a viable, proven, achievable plan—because getting into great shape doesn't happen by accident. Here's how I did it:
- The Workouts: Weeks 1-4
- The Workouts: Weeks 5-8
- The Workouts: Weeks 9-12
- A typical day's eating plan
- How I'm keeping off the weight