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Can You Get Ripped from Just Push-Ups and Crunches?

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  • MandA_Junkie's picture

    Can't afford a gym membership?

  • MDR's picture

    crunches don't get you "ripped" they only make your ab muscles stronger. Crunches do not burn the fat on your stomach off, only lots of cardio and eating well will do that. So the answer is no.

  • theHam1's picture

    Getting "ripped" = losing body fat.

    You cannot target the fat you want to lose in certain parts of the body. You eat right and do cardio (Time > 20 minutes sustained high heart rate) and you will lose fat all over.

    If you you are asking if you can have a strong, healthy body doing only "body weight" exercises like push ups, pull ups, dips, crunches, etc. - yes, you can. But you will have a different overall body shape and look than someone who lifts weights.

    Hope that helps,
    +Hammy

  • JackDole1029's picture

    To get "ripped" you need to loose body fat. However, ab definition, is in large part due to genetic characteristics. Some people will cut down to 6% BF and still not have pertruding abs muscles. Others can cut to 8% and have bulging abs.

  • Liquid1's picture

    how many hours does everyone get per week to work out (if you're ibanking)?

  • In reply to theHam1
    goldson23's picture

    theHam1 wrote:
    Getting "ripped" = losing body fat.

    You cannot target the fat you want to lose in certain parts of the body. You eat right and do cardio (Time > 20 minutes sustained high heart rate) and you will lose fat all over.

    If you you are asking if you can have a strong, healthy body doing only "body weight" exercises like push ups, pull ups, dips, crunches, etc. - yes, you can. But you will have a different overall body shape and look than someone who lifts weights.

    Hope that helps,
    +Hammy

    Oh yes I realize in addition to the cardio, but I wanted to know if you do cardio, pushes, and crunches can you get ripped and look like you work out, or is the only way to do this is by lifting weights?

  • jayroc2k's picture

    unfortunately some eople will never have visible abs regardless of effort due to their body composition (genes)

    for the rest, it one things getting abs but keeping it is a different all game... except you are black or chinese!!1

    they seem to be more defined naturally compared to other races

    my 2cents

  • noob123's picture

    take a survey before asking....
    ask who have a six pack....and are ripped....
    i guarantee most of them will be a lil bit overweight....how many ripped bankers do you know?

  • tigerrug's picture

    http://www.crossfit.com/

    About 20 minutes a day; I do it every morning before work. Best shape I have ever been in and I was a varsity athlete in college (not that that means anything). Anyways, it's a good workout for people who don't have time to spend hours in the gym i.e. everyone in Finance.

  • bwils29's picture

    I was a college athlete and used to work out religiously (2-3 hrs a day, 4-5 days a week). I rarely have time to work out now, but I am still ripped. At my best I was 170 with 5% body fat at I am 5'10". I would kind of have to agree that it is mostly dependant on genes because even some guys that were rediculous athletes in college and worked out insane amounts did not have 6 packs. I am lucky that I can drink beer everyday now and still have a tight sixpack. For the OP, pushups and situps are legit alternatives to making it to the gym if you are really pressed for time. You probably won't get to be as big as Dan Bush though.

  • tkling's picture

    tigerrug I totally agree with you. Crossfit is fucking ridiculous and works better than anything. I played college football (take it for what's worth) and the workouts are as effective as anything I've ever done/seen/heard about. You will see a difference quickly. Only downside is the workouts are an absolute killer and while they usually only take 20 minutes I feel absolutely awful for the next 30. I don't know the science beyond crossfit, but I would assume your metabolism freaks the fuck out from working that intensely and burns calories at a heightened rate for hours after you stop working out.

  • In reply to bwils29
    JackDole1029's picture

    bwils29 wrote:
    I was a college athlete and used to work out religiously (2-3 hrs a day, 4-5 days a week). I rarely have time to work out now, but I am still ripped. At my best I was 170 with 5% body fat at I am 5'10". I would kind of have to agree that it is mostly dependant on genes because even some guys that were rediculous athletes in college and worked out insane amounts did not have 6 packs. I am lucky that I can drink beer everyday now and still have a tight sixpack. For the OP, pushups and situps are legit alternatives to making it to the gym if you are really pressed for time. You probably won't get to be as big as Dan Bush though.

    Dan Bush is probably the ugliest mofo at Yale. Ugly people usually try to compensate for their ungliness by getting "big." The ladies hate that look, though.

  • bwils29's picture

    Hahaha. Yeah, the juice monkeys tend to try to make up for what they lack with their disproportionate muscles. Every time I see people talking about working out on this forum though I think about how Dan would chime in at every opportunity about how he was on his 9th cycle and bigger than ever.

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