Any trainer worth their creatine will tell you that there are no shortcuts to getting a rock-hard body. It takes time, effort, and dedication to get the physique of your dreams, whether that’s being lean and mean or large-and-in-charge. So if your expectation to get ripped fast is say in a week and you’re starting tomorrow, thats not going to happen. But if your goal is to create a plan of least resistance and avoid pitfalls to get ripped that’s a goal we can get behind.

There are some smart ways for you to achieve your chiseling goals without wasting time or worse, doing things that undercut your efforts. If you follow some key tips, you can get that dream body without it seeming like you’ve put in an eternity of work — but it’ll still take time. And depending on where you’re starting, it might take a couple of weeks or months to get to where you want to be. But that’s OK, because as the age-old saying goes no pain, no gain.

Here, Colette Nelson, professional bodybuilder, personal trainer and coach, and registered dietician, along with Doug Miller, professional bodybuilder and co-author of Biology for Bodybuilders, share their dos and don’ts for sculpting a competition-worthy physique.

Again, these few tricks will only make the time it takes to get to your physique feel easier, but not shorten how long it will take you to get there.


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