I can remember back when I started working out, my goal was to be 175 lbs at a height of 5'9″ with some decent definition.
I wasn't trying to get on a bodybuilding stage or get as low as single digit bodyfat, I just wanted to look like a muscular guy who could take his shirt off and be proud of my body.
My mind-frame was similar to a lot of beginners at the time; I didn't want to be huge and I would have been happy with just muscular looking and defined.
Once I got to 175 lbs I realized that my perception of what 175 lbs would look like wasn't what I thought it would look like.
What I mean by that is that if I wanted to be leaner then I'd be cutting back to 150 lbs and I wouldn't have the musculature that I wanted.
So then my goal became to grow to 190 lbs. But then once I got to 190 lbs I realized that if I wanted to be as lean as I wished to be then I'd be back at 170 lbs.
You see, this is sort of like wanting to date a specific girl. In the beginning it may be great, but then her true colors shine and you may realize after 6 months of dating that the wanting was better than the having.
Once you gain 20 lbs you may see the true colors shine and realize it wasn't the same picture that you had in your head.
Your goals then change and you may wish to add more muscle mass before going on a strict bodyfat loss approach. I have to establish this up front with you, because the bottom line is this…..
YOU CAN'T DEFINE MUSCLES YOU DON'T HAVE!!
So if you're whole goal from the beginning is to just go for “a ripped up look” then you will probably be disappointed at what being ripped up looks like with no muscular development.
I constantly hear guys tell me that they would be more than pleased with a body similar to the way the actor Brad Pitt looked like in the movie “Troy” or maybe even in the movie “Fight Club” (although he looked like a string-bean to me in Fight Club, but that's just my opinion).
Brad Pitt is an actor, not a bodybuilder. He's a damn good actor at that!! But here is something I want you to understand about that physique. First off, the camera adds about 20 lbs to your body and most actors aren't big people to begin with.
Second off, he looked to be about 150-160 lbs in the movie Fight Club, and maybe 175-185 lbs in the movie Troy. His physique was definitely more of my taste in the movie Troy than in Fight Club.
Ok, to achieve the look he had in either of those 2 movies, Brad Pitt did not start off at a thin stature lifting weights and dieting just to get shredded. He probably got up to around 190-200 lbs before training for those movies.
I'm not one to say whether someone is all natural or not and personally I don't care. Is Brad Pitt's body from the movie Fight Club or Troy achievable without the use of steroids?
Yes, in my expert opinion it's definitely achievable. Now, did he do it without using performance enhancement? Who knows, and personally I don't care.
All I'm trying to get through to you right now is that you're not going to start off working out to just get ripped up and end up with this type of body.
Regardless of what mainstream media, online literature, and magazine publications are pushing I'm here to tell you the truth!! If you're new to working out then my advice is to first begin getting your body accustomed to working out.
I started off with pushups, situps, overhead presses, curls, and jogging to build at least some sort of foundation and prime my body before getting more into traditional gym workouts.
Let's be honest here, if you haven't been working out at all then even just doing pushups will help your chest stick out more and leave you sore at that!! Doing light dumbbell curls or pullups will make your biceps sore if you have never done them or even regularly done them!!
From this point forward you can progress into more traditional gym workouts without risking injury. It becomes easier for your body to adapt to bench pressing if you've already been doing pushups and your chest is used to contracting and recovering.
But there is a lot that someone who is a beginner may not know about working out and eating properly. There is a lot of bullshit floating around that is trying to make you believe that it's all supplements and specific rep schemes for building or cutting up.
And there is definitely a lot of “achieve this in 90 days” bullshit floating around too. If you're new to it all then here is the damn truth right from the get go….you won't achieve “that” in 90 days!!
It takes many steps to get to where you probably want to go with your body, far beyond just “do this for 90 days to look like this guy.”
How to look like Brad Pitt from the movie Troy or Fight Club.
#1- Build a foundation of muscle first before even trying to diet to see your abs.
For most people this will take more than 1 year of weight training and an increase of 20-40 lbs of actual muscle tissue!!
#2- Learn the ropes on eating to grow and how your body responds to nutrition and training before you partake in any strict fat loss plan.
You're going to need to figure out how much food it's going to take you to put mass on your frame. This is largely based on your genetics, activity level, age, metabolic rate and body type.
#3- Be consistent!! One month of serious training followed by a month off isn't going to cut it.
A few days of eating enough to grow followed by slacking off the remainder of the week isn't going to cut it!! In order to gain the amount of muscle mass needed before you can even worry about shredding up to look like Brad Pitt from “Troy” is going to take at the very MINIMUM, one year of consistent eating and training to grow.
Then you can try to shred the bodyfat to look like this. Don't listen to everybody's bullshit about how that physique is attainable in just a few months of “training to get shredded” because it's not!! Do I look like Brad Pitt from the movie Troy? No, I surpassed that look a long time ago.
But everyone has their own ideal physique and there are plenty of guys who would be perfectly happy with that look!! Whether it's your ideal look or not, it's still to be respected in my opinion!!
Go hard- JD
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