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Sprinting is an effective way to help you get ripped.
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Sprinting is a highly effective method for reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass over the whole body. It will certainly help you get ripped -- but it's not the only piece of the puzzle. Sprinting regularly should also be balanced with a supportive diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Why Sprinting Works
Sprinting is so effective at helping you get ripped for two reasons. It is an anaerobic activity, which means that it produces ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is a chemical compound which increases your work capacity during exercise, which means you can burn high amounts of energy in a short time while recruiting more muscles fibers than you do in other types of exercise. Sprinting has also been found to maintain and even add to lean muscle mass, whereas other types of cardio training tends to catabolise muscle mass after extended periods of training.
The Magic Formula
In 2008, the "International Journal of Obesity" found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) activities, like sprinting, significantly reduced total body fat and insulin resistance. Importantly, the study also found that the subjects who used HIIT training didn't lose muscle mass, whereas the control group, who did only moderate-intensity, steady-state cardio, lost significant amounts of muscle mass. This combination of fat loss and maintenance of muscle mass, therefore, can help you will look ripped much more quickly.
Even though sprinting is clearly effective, your diet needs to be carefully managed if you want to get ripped. Get rid of junk food, fast food and sugary drinks. Limit your alcohol and dairy intake. Focus on eating protein, such as lean meat, poultry and fish; low GI carbohydrates, like sweet potato, black beans and whole grains; and healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and coconut or olive oil. Add lots of fresh, fibrous vegetables, drink plenty of water and be sensible with your portion sizes.
Rest Your Way To Ripped
Sleep is the final piece of the puzzle when you are using sprinting as your means to get ripped. Sprinting is extremely demanding on the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal systems. Provided you are eating well, you shouldn't be too fatigued after each session, but getting enough sleep is vital. It's during sleep that your body filters out all the stress hormones released during your workouts. It's also the time when your muscles are repaired and developed, so make sure to get at least seven or eight hours of good-quality sleep every night.