I Want to Be Ripped!
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Q: "James, how is it going? I am starting my police officer program in September 09. Going back to school to get a 2 year or less degree, taking firearm training, hand to hand training, hand cuffs, baton training etc. I want in, and I will do whatever it takes as long as it's legal obviously.
"I was wondering if I could get some guidance for work outs. I am 40 and used to be a hockey player, but I have not worked out since 2005 seriously. I have 2 kids and a wife, and we'll be in school full time. However, I want to be ripped. I am 5'9 and 195 lbs.
"I appreciate any help you can bring!"
- Martin P.
My Answer: If you haven't seriously worked out since 2005, then get back into training. Any type of strength training. You're at a point where your primary goal should be consistency. Once you're consistent, then figure out a specific training routine to follow. Hit the gym or weights at least 3 times a week. Do full body workouts no longer than an hour. If you have a home gym setup or can afford to create one given your space, then do it. This way you have no excuses. Or try working out at the school gym.
Once you are consistently training, then follow the principles outlined in my Strength Training for Fat Loss article.