💪 How to Lose Fat After 40

New week, same Ripped Report. That means all the bodybuilding tips, workout programs, and GIFs your inbox craves.

Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

  • Six reasons why you’ve plateaued in the gym.

  • Effective workouts for losing fat after 40.

  • A look back at Chris Bumstead’s incredible career in bodybuilding (so far).


Gain Train Malfunction

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Are you past those newbie gym gains? At some point, the rapid muscle-building progress you experienced when you first started in the gym will begin to slow down or even come to a halt. Although progress starts to decline the longer you’ve been lifting, that doesn’t mean it has to come to a complete stop.

To achieve your fitness goals — whether it's building strength, gaining muscle, or improving cardiovascular endurance — it's important to identify any mistakes you’re making that are hindering your progress.

Don’t know where to begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six reasons your weight room progress might be meandering, slower than you’d like, or halted altogether. More importantly, you’ll also learn what to do about it.


Lose Fat Over 40

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You probably already know that you’re pretty much at your athletic peak when you’re in your 20s and 30s. And many of you are probably all too familiar with the fact that it gets tougher to lose stubborn fat once you get north of 40. But don’t worry — it’s not all doom and gloom as you get older. You can still be in incredible shape once you hit mid-life, as long as you keep a few things in mind.

To start, you need to get enough sleep, manage stress, and fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods. Combine these habits with quality workouts, and you should be able to increase your metabolism to help burn some extra fat and build muscle.

If you need a more concrete workout plan to help you get started, we’ve rounded up some tips, tricks, and full-blown exercise routines in the article below.


CBum’s Bodybuilding Background

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Since 1965, the Mr. Olympia title — and the Men’s Open division in general — has represented the pinnacle of bodybuilding. However, in recent years, a new division called Classic Physique has captured the hearts of fans. This division showcases bodybuilders with a sleek and aesthetic look reminiscent of the sport's golden age. And leading the way in Classic Physique is none other than Chris Bumstead.

Bumstead has been on a four-year Olympia winning streak since 2019, and we don’t see any sign that he’s slowing down. He also enjoys a metric ton of success on the business side of things with his own supplement and clothing lines.

Are you curious about CBum’s rise to the top of the sport? Keep reading for a complete rundown of his meteoric career.


Olympia Feast

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  • Classic Physique Olympia competitor Urs Kalecinski is cutting for the 2023 Olympia. Here’s his full day of eating as he attempts to upset CBum this November.

  • Do you have a home gym? If so, check out our guide for the best weight benches for beginners and more.

  • The inverted row is an excellent bodyweight pull exercise. Learn how to do them the right way to reap the benefits of this killer move.

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CBum’s Reign

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The Results Are In!

Battle of the Docs

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In the August 8, 2023, edition of The Ripped Report, we asked whether Pumping Iron or Generation Iron was the top bodybuilding doc. Here’s how you voted:

  1. Pumping Iron (82%)

  2. Generation Iron (11%)

  3. It’s a tie (5%)

  4. Neither (2%)