If so (or not) you will find that traditional bodybuilding workouts to get ripped revolve around bulking and cutting. The aim here was to eat loads to purposely put on weight and muscle (bulking). The problem with this method, is that you put on loads of fat.
Of course this is where the cutting phase comes in, when you diet to get rid of all the fat you put on during your bulking phase.
In essence you are either getting big and fat during your bulking phase. Or shredding the fat during your cutting phase.
The main problems with this method is that you usually lose a lot of muscle (as well as fat) during your cutting phase. Also, you gain a lot of fat during your bulking phase and you have no way of knowing how much actual new muscle you are putting on.
So why am I telling you this? You just wanna get big and ripped right?
Well I want you to know the traditional method of getting big and ripped. Plus I want you to understand the disadvantages of this system. After all, if it worked; why fix what isn’t broken.
However, there are more modern methods of training, which let you build muscle and burn fat at the same time. Which leads you to ripped city.
The great thing about these workouts, is that you can always focus on multiple goals at the same time. Rather than running around in circles either trying to bulk up or cut.
These bodybuilding workouts to get ripped need to use a lot of planned variety. The keywords here being; planned variety. Just doing a load random stuff will not work.
You should know that your body has three energy systems. One energy system is for pure strength like lifting heavy weights; One is for sustained strength like sprinting; One is for long distance work like jogging.
In order to burn fat and build muscle at the same time, you must work all three of these energy systems. To get optimal muscle building and fat burning results.
The main way of doing this is with a combination of weight training and resistance cardio. You probably know what weight training is so I will not explain any further. But resistance cardio is where you do cardio with weights.
Combining these training styles works all three of your energy systems and gets results fast.
A great example to get you started on resistance cardio is something called barbell complexes. Barbell complexes are basically 6 exercises done back to back, without rest in between. The idea is that you do not put the barbell down after you start your first exercise.
These complexes create a massive energy reaction inside your body which helps you get ripped. I have put an example barbell complex below for you:
Bent-over row x 8 reps
Hang clean x 8 reps
Front Squat x 8 reps
Military press x 8 reps
Back Squat x 8 reps
Good Morning x 8 reps
To do the complex above, you start with eight reps on the bent-over row, then move onto the hang clean without rest. Go through each of the exercises until all are completed.
You should do around 3 rounds of the complexes, taking 3-5 minutes rest between each round of exercises. (Do all 6 exercises then rest for 3-5minutes, before starting again)
The great thing about complexes, is that they can be added to your current gym routine. You can do them by themselves and do some steady state cardio after. Or you can add them onto your weight lifting workout.
Either way, they will help you build muscle and lose fat at the same time. There are of course other methods you can use, but I wanted to get you started as quickly as possible with the complexes.