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The Squat and Deadlift

With so many people doing Body Beast for a long time, it was only a matter of time until I saw a lot of guys using barbells for their lifts. I use barbells a lot too. Using a barbell for the squat and deadlift makes perfect sense. Barbells won’t overload your grip while doing the...

Push Ups and Pull Ups: ...

For a lot of Beachbody workouts, it’s pretty clear what muscle groups you are targeting. If you put in P90X Chest and Back, you know you are working your chest and your back. But have you ever wondered what muscles are all working? There is a lot going on for many of the moves you...

My Beast Weights and Re...

I get asked from time to time about how much I am lifting. Sometimes it’s the classic, “How much ya bench?” LOL I really don’t know, as I don’t max out on lifts. But I thought I would show you where I am and what I am doing :-) YOTB: All Beast all the Time...

Year of the Beast: Roun...

The Year of the Beast Challenge Group has been rolling on! It is now time to start ROUND 2 of YOTB. We are opening up YOTB again for new members. Not much will actually change in the format of YOTB. We have seen such awesome success with this group that we are hesitant to change...

Don’t Track Your ...

So you have decided to go all-in and track your nutrition.  You want max results.  You are determined to get a plan, track your diet, and hit the correct calorie totals every day.  You will also hit the correct % (or come close!).  Nothing will stop you!! But …. what about tracking...

QALO Wedding Ring for W...

Do you find yourself taking off your wedding ring to workout? I did a lot! My ring seemed to be getting pretty beat up and was doing a number on my hand. Then a post in one of my challenge groups showed up talking about some rubber wedding ring. I needed to take a look for myself, so I...

P90: New Beachbody Work...

The new Beachbody workout program, P90 is coming soon! We just recently got word that the OFFICIAL release date of P90, Beachbody’s new workout program, will be September 23, 2014! A lot is know about P90 but we haven’t been told everything. I wanted to give you some of the...

Types of Strength

I think it is pretty safe to say that most people want to be thought of as “strong.” But strength can mean a lot of different things to different people. It’s all about your goals and preferences. Physical Strength When we look at strong people, they can really look...

Should I start my Beach...

You’re about a month into Body Beast, P90X, or Focus T25 and something BIG happens. No excuses here… real life happens. You get injured and need surgery. You get really sick and are laid up for a week. A loved one passes away and life is turned upside down. These are real...

Home Gyms: teamRIPPED a...

A little over a month ago I asked to see your Home Gyms again! I got some great submissions. And just like last time, they really show that you can do Beachbody programs anywhere. With lots of gear and equipment OR the bare necessities. We had some AWESOME submissions from the first time...

Adjustable Dumbbells fo...

Adjustable dumbbells are the perfect addition to P90X. They are compact, easy to adjust, and offer just about as much resistance as you need. The two main choices out there are Bowflex’s Selecttechs and Powerblocks. There are other brands (LifeSmart, Wieder, Ironmaster, etc), but...

PiYo – Tons of in...

PiYo is coming SOON! Chalene Johnson’s new program PiYo will be released soon! I thought it was time to make sure you got some info on it. I know that a lot of ladies have been really pumped about this program. Chalene is an awesome trainer and I know my wife has LOVED her program...

Home Gym: Workout Beach...

Home Gym: Workout Beachbody Style! Is there anything better?! I don’t think so! Otherwise I wouldn’t be going strong on over 4 years of working hard with Beachbody programs, all from the comfort of my home! Just about 2 years ago, I threw out the idea of showing off all our...

Auxiliary Workouts: Bod...

Body Beast is awesome! There is no way around it LOL I am so looking forward to when Beachbody produces and releases a Body Beast 2. I have no idea when that will happen, but I hope it’s sooner than later! I have played around with a few auxiliary, bonus Body Beast style workouts...

Body Beast Hybrids: P90...

Body Beast Hybrids! You’ve asked for them! Here they are! There is no doubt that Body Beast has been one of the most popular newer programs from Beachbody. I LOVE  Body Beast! I have combined it with a lot of other workouts too (see my Beast/Cardio hybrid from last year). These are...

Pick 1 Goal: Ripped or ...

I have a few articles that I’ve written over the past few years that I find myself referring people to over and over and over, because they address some of the most common questions I ever get.  One is the “just do it” article when people ask about how to stay...

Picking your FIRST Prog...

Picking your first program is a little harder now than it was when I started LOL! Beachbody has so many choices and great programs that it has given people more to think about. Before we get into what the teamRIPPED Nation thinks and what I think, let’s look at some of the overall...

When is the BEST time t...

Those of you who know much about my habits, know that I have always worked out first thing in the morning. I get up at 4:30 to 4:45, and start my workout about 5:30 every day.  This has benefits and drawbacks. I feel the benefits FAR outweigh the drawbacks. Strengths of the Morning...

Les Mills PUMP Review

Les Mills Pump Review — Get ready for a rocking time! Les Mills Pump is a BLAST!  It’s been a while but I really love this workout. I wanted to re-post my review as Beachbody has some GREAT deals on Les Mills Pump Challenge Packs this month (And Les Mills Combat too).  This...

Big Boy Weights for Bod...

Body Beast is still the go-to program for muscle. That is what it was designed for and what it delivers. You can do a lot with it too, as long as you still control your nutrition precisely. You can get a really lean bulk, go all out bulking, and even cut. All with lifting heavy weights....

Coach Wayne wants your ...

TeamRIPPED seems to have it all! I have been working hard at providing you guys and gals great information since July of 2010!!! I’ve tried to cover everything anyone would need to have the absolute best transformation. Program reviews, TONS on nutrition, supplements, gear,...

Taking the Beachbody Ch...

The Beachbody Challenge is a great way to keep motivated and get rewarded even more. The best reward you can get from crushing a Beachbody program is obviously your health and fitness. But why not get a little more for your hard work? The OLD Beachbody Challenge It used to be that the...

The Asylum Vol 1: Worth...

It’s been a while, but I thought it would be good to take another look at The Asylum. This was the very first program for the very first Challenge Group. It was the Asylum Challenge featuring the best of the best, the cream of the crop … teamRIPPED … vs. team...

Measuring Weight Loss P...

Measuring weight loss progress can be tough at times. And actually this title may be misleading. Most people think weight loss progress is only the number on the scale. If the number you read on the dial between your feet each morning is going down, you’re a success. If that needle...