Coach Andi Martin continues her Fitness Universe feature on how to get SHREDDED !

Welcome Andi Martin!

"Hello FU peeps! I hope your training is going well! I’ve had some requests on tips on how to get SHREDDED, so I thought I would address it this week. The thing is though, I can’t really tell you. LOL!

Because every person is so different, the recipe for getting shredded varies for each body. I can give you some do’s and don’t, but to truly get the best plan for you, I recommend working with a reputable trainer who has your best interests at heart, with your health being the number one priority.

Coach Andi’s tips to getting shredded in a healthy way…

• Live a clean healthy lifestyle year round! Consistency is key when it comes to getting the body of your dreams. Clean eating and training should be a part of your life whether you are getting on stage or not. If you are only on point during your competition prep, you are doing yourself a great injustice. Off-season doesn’t really mean eat whatever you want and slack on your workouts! This is a time to really fuel your body with lean, healthy nutrients, and make gains in the gym. You will find that with consistency comes a year round physique that is closer to stage-ready than not, and you can possibly have a shorter prep. The goal of any good trainer is to get their clients to a point where you never have to go to extremes to step on stage.

• You need to eat, and you need to eat proteins, carbs, and good fats! Eliminating food groups is dangerous, and while it may yield weight loss temporarily, it can lead to health problems down the road. It is possible to get lean eating carbs, you just need to time your meals properly around your training, and utilize the foods you are taking in. Proteins are essential for muscle repair and growth. Many competitors use eggs, lean cuts of meat, and all natural protein powders (no soy protein) to get their recommended amount each day. As for good fats, these are needed to promote a healthy metabolism, protect your organs, control hunger, and keep your hair and skin looking healthy. It is easy to see on stage which competitors have cut fat out of their diet.

• Stick to unprocessed foods! You want to consume organic, all natural foods and supplements that are free of artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavorings.

• Lift heavy and be athletic with your workouts. If you want to look like an athlete, you need to train like an athlete! Use a heart rate monitor or gadget to make sure you are working hard enough, and be sure to incorporate big, multi-joint movements into your program.

• Don’t overdose on cardio! I see every day that people are posting about their first round of cardio done or their second round of cardio is done. Really? Who has time for that? If your lifting and nutrition are on point, your cardio doesn’t need to be extensive. No one needs to be doing hours of cardio!

• Make sure you are drinking enough water! No brainer, right?!

• If losing body fat is your main goal, AVOID ALCOHOL! See my video which explains the connection.

My goal with this article is to reinforce that everyone’s body is so different, and what may work for one athlete, may not work for another. If you are already following the general guidelines I listed, you are well on your way to getting that tight, lean physique you desire. It is important to find a coach who can see what works for your body, and run with it. They can monitor your progress, taper your foods as the show approaches, and make tweaks here and there to fine tune your body.

Keep in mind, there are many ways to get lean, but your health should be the main priority. You should never go to extremes or jeopardize your health for the sake of getting on stage!"

Thank you Andi Martin!