Ripped by Jules

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Ripped by Jules is the Boston area and MetroWest’s premier physical trainer and boot camp instructor, pushing you in full body workouts that deliver real results in a fun but challenging environment. Our high-intensity workouts incorporate free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, suspension trainers, dynamic training and many innovative ways to increase strength, tone muscle, and boost your metabolism. We constantly change workouts to keep things fresh and challenge your body in new ways, all while providing accountability and motivation. Personal training sessions can be done in our studio or in your home. There is no long-term commitment, contract, or enrollment fee required. If you are ready to make serious changes for life, Ripped is the welcoming but intense environment you need!

Backing up back day with legs and core!
I was feeling these the next day!
-hands only TRX low row
-banded v sit bike kicks
-raised plank row (keep the hips square)
-low box hinge lunge
-standing fly
-devils press
-plié goblet squat to box
-square leg crunch with lat pull
-two step walking lunges
-kneeling face pull
BOOM! 👏🏼💪🏼🥰

Good Monday morning! It was a BUSY and HARD week here, which means that I only got in 2 days of workouts. While the rest was forced, my body definitely benefitted from it. But today I am so looking forward to getting back to it!
Here are some strict core moves. Navel to spine engagement is key here; pull in the TVA and hold right for the whole ride!

Full Body Killer HIIT!

Here’s a full body HIIT that laid us OUT after, right, @akenneymontero ?

Thank you, @plantsandburpees for the inspiration that went into the planning of this one!

Workout is slide #8- AMRAP 50 minutes:
*double push up into snatch x6 ea
*plank knee to elbow with slide down x20
*plate push x:35
*bum to box squat x9
*lunge push press x6 ea
*hollow hold with OH weight to v sit x12
*med ball slam shuffle x:35
*KB swing with push out x10

Good luck!

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This was a fun one!

The Paper Challenge!

YOU ASKED FOR IT! And because it’s Valentine’s Day and I love you, you shall receive.

A handful of people sent me link (pop sugar fitness) asking me try this: a challenge requiring you to pick a piece of paper up off the group using your mouth- and only one foot and no arms. There are varying levels; 1, 2, and 3- depending on how close to the ground the folded paper is.

More specifically, people asked me to share the outtakes from this challenge.

I’m confident that I will never get to level 3 without breaking my face. Here’s a small sampling of me coming very close to that 🙂

With love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feed the body! Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless!

Seared scallops with shirataki risotto. @ Ripped by Jules

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Guys! Second round of voting has begun! Log on and vote for one of the family now!

This is my incredibly talented trainer, Christie. She is, without a doubt, the hardest worker I have ever met. She has done so much for me and our clients; let’s do this for her.

Please click on the link below to vote for this beautifully strong minded and strong muscled woman to be Inked Magazine’s cover girl.

Voting begins at 3p!

Vote for Christie McBrayer to be Inked Magazine's Cover Girl

This is my incredibly talented trainer, Christie. She is, without a doubt, the hardest worker I have ever met. She has done so much for me and our clients; let’s do this for her.

Please click on the link below to vote for this beautifully strong minded and strong muscled woman to be Inked Magazine’s cover girl.

Voting begins at 3p!
🙏🏼 Who will become Inked Magazine's Cover Girl?

Training that chain (the posterior one)! Lots of strength, agility, and speed moves here. Some are more sports-specific than others but definitely all contribute to stronger athletic performance and improved strength and balance in the lower/posterior half.
💪🏼 eccentric hamstring curls 💪🏼 single leg hamstring curl 💪🏼 long line bridge sprinters 💪🏼 lateral lunge to half deadlift stand 💪🏼 banded knee driver sprints 💪🏼 curtsy/curtsy hop alternates 💪🏼 paused step down 💪🏼 single leg dead lift with lateral hop
💪🏼 banded adductors 💪🏼 wide kneeling hip hinge

Slideboard stuff! Incorporating a few of these into a routine adds a unique, dynamic challenge!
If you don’t have one of these, grab some paper plates or paper towels and use them on a hard wood or linoleum floor! *fly to wide push up *single arm push out
*plank jack
*hinge lunge *prone plank with tuck in *pendulum swings
*alternating hamstring curls
*tabletop to pike
*lateral lunge
*pike with adductor squeeze

[01/31/20]   Laura Swajian Fistori YOU ARE the pick of the week at Ripped! SO impressed with you today; this was the hardest I’ve ever seen you work and the least I’ve ever heard you complain. I am PROUD. And I love you. 💪🏼🥰😘

Main squeeze came in today for a GREAT workout. It’s possible I’m holding him up in this post workout pic. It’s also possible that he crushed it! 😉🥴🥰 @ewb28 @ Ripped by Jules

More and more core (and shoulders and back and chest)!
None of these are easy; if you’re a beginner, consider starting with the banded dead bug and the ball trunk rotation.
•TRX partial handstand with foot tap/crunch
•TRX side plank dip/crunch
•TRX trunk rotation
•BOSU wall jump
•dead ball side slam •ball plank with knee to elbow static hold •ball trunk rotation •banded dead bug •BOSU leg taps 💪🏼👏🏼🙌🏼👍🏼

Ask and you shall receive! DB only workout that results in a full pump and a big anaerobic hit for full burn!
.DB skiers
.dead bug
.shoulder opener
.tabletop front raise .side lunge to reverse lunge (one working leg throughout!)
.squat thrusters .DB jacks .lunge to row
.squat hold with concentration curls
.standing march 💪🏼💪🏼👏🏼👍🏼😍

Practicing toeing the line off the block with no pants and with his new favorite person, @jessica.macfarlane


Loving the Landmine!

I love landmine work- it requires a combination of power and serious focus on balance and keeping control on the bar. A few new favorites! -rotational lift and press
-single leg RDL
-jump squat
-reverse facing RDL with row -two handed side facing squat rotation
-bar hold leg raises
-anti rotation hand pass
-one armed roll out push ups
-side driving curtsy lunges 🔥💪🏼🙌🏼
#landmineworkout #bestofboston #fullbodyworkout

Monday madness!
Get read to work! *8 moves *8 reps of each *8 rounds •BOSU plank pike •squats (70#)
•1/4 turn straddling bench jumps
•sandbell wall toss (25#)
•hanging cleans (95#)
•deadlift row (75#)
•DB skiers (35# each hand)
•jump over burpees *This isn’t for the faint of heart, guys. Leave yourselves an hour and some good music!
#fullbodyworkout #bestofboston

Tackle it Tuesday! Here’s a total body workout that focuses on the use of the core in each move. Get after it!
*BOSU plank up/push up jacks *tabletop plate push *seated up and overs
*reverse lunge/press into kneeling oblique lean
*straight arm lat pull
*raised drop squat *TRX pistol squat with trunk rotation and row

It’s Monday and it’s time to work!
Today is a shoulder/focused HIIT workout and it’s no joke!
*lunging ball slams
*alternating squat snatches
*double rope slam burpees
*kneeling squat with band face pull
*controlled cross body plate raise
*banded plank walks with jump in
*double DB hanging cleans
*prone bent arm fly
*now flex and dance! 💪🏼😬

Hello Ripped fam! Here’s a midsection medley for you to try out! Enjoy!

Full body Friday and this is NO joke. Did this with my girl @akenneymontero and we were flat out afterwards!
AMRAP 25 minutes
Atomic pushups (10)
Banded Arnold press (8)
kB swing into goblet swing (7)
Heavy OH plate hold lunges (12)
Battle rope jacks (35)
AMRAP 25 mins
Pike pull ins (8)
Curtsy lunges with front raise (8 ea side)
Bag drag (16)
Sit up to stand (8)
Burpee with upright row (8) 🙌🏼👏🏼💪🏼💗

Legs/shoulders/core HIIT!
1 min of each back to bank for 5 rounds. GO!
.deadball pass
.plank with plate pull/push
.half kneel KB press
.KB swing to goblet squat
.ballet lunges
.DB skiers

This was a perfect high protein/full of vitamin meal.

Seared scallops with fresh basil, Asian cabbage slaw with white beans, fresh ginger, cucumbers, peas, pea pods, avocado, rice wine vinegar, and puréed squash with garlic and ginger. The red you see on my scallops is the sriracha that is necessary for me with any Thai inspired meal.

Add what you like/take out what you don’t!

Ball that and a Bag of Chips!

Abs, Swiss ball style!

More leggggsss. Here’s a HIIT routine geared towards the stems and stomach! These are definitely some of my new faves!
*monster climber burpees
* heavy 1/2 deadlift to squat
*single leg hip hinge with resistance
*banded sprinters
*paused step downs

Legs/core workout! ✌🏼💪🏼👏🏼

TRX Tuesday!
Upper body and core!
*high row with fly
*tabletop shoulder taps
* seated bicep curl/sit up
* BOSU atomic push up
*face pull
*kneeling oblique reach
*lateral mountain climber
*trx muscle ups

GO! Try these news ones out now! 💪🏼✌🏼👏🏼

Shoulders, glutes/hammys, and abs! GO!

Some new killers for you! 🙌🏼 .

***and there is a TYPO! The second one should read, “ABDUCTION”. 😩😡😤

Core values today!
It is true that abs are made in the kitchen; regardless of whether your goal is washboard or well-being, it’s always important to strengthen that mid-section. Some new goodies for you. 💪🏼🙌🏼

Lucky Number Seven!
7 moves
7 reps each
7 rounds
Not for the faint of heart. Watch me struggle through my final round; worth ever bit of grit!

B.Styled Fall Style System

Big Deal!

I love all of my clients and Beth from B.Styled Personal Styling and Consulting is no different.

Totally fit and fab, Beth’s mantra is that when we get up and #justgetdressed, we look better, we feel better, and we show up better. The positive ripple effect goes on from there...impacting our jobs, our relationships, our confidence, and even the food choices we make.

Her Fall Style System program is the easy answer to your “what the heck do I wear?” question so you can #justgetdressed in looks you love, starting with what you already own.

Click here to learn more and sign up:
Use coupon code ripped20 to get 20% off through Sunday. Curated. Coordinated. Designed to mix and match.Finally, a system that makes getting dressed easy, starting with what you already own.Does this sound familiar?👉You open your closet in the morning and feel overwhelmed or defeated by all the stuff in there.👉...

That’s Ball, Folks!

Using the Swiss ball for core moves encourages the use of smaller stabilizing muscles otherwise hard to reach. Here are a few core moves that may be new to you!

4 or 5 moves/1 min ea/back to back/5 rounds
Cross through push ups
TRX pike to ab circle
Heavy OH walking lunges (45 lbs here)
DB snatch alternating (35 lbs here)

V sit
Jump rope (I threw a couple double unders in there but I struggle with them!)
Side wall ball toss (20lbs)
Front squat (35lb DBs)
Box jumps

Olive You 💓

Recently, I was talking to a friend about the autumnal feelings and how they feel so safe and homey, encouraging us to cook and bake and cozy up.
Here’s a super simple, healthy, one pot fall dish that has comfort on a cold day but also bright flavors reminiscent of the summer days still lingering.

* measurements are rough; use what you like!

Lemony Olive Chicken

2 chicken breasts, skin on, bone in (One of us-not me!-hates the skin and the bones so I remove the bones from one breast prior to cooking and remove the skin after cooking)
1/3 cup good chicken stock
1 lemon
Zest of one lemon
1 cup pitted olives (get what you like)
2 tablespoons capers
1 cup peppadew peppers, halved
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup flat parsley

Preheat oven to 350f.
Season the chicken liberally.
Barely coat the bottom of your sauté pan with a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Sear the chicken, skin side down, until light brown and crisp.
Turn the chicken over and remove from heat.
Add your stock until it reaches about halfway up the chicken breasts (ie DONT LET IT NEAR THE SKIN)
Add the lemon zest and juice of one lemon.
Cook the chicken about 15 minutes, just before completely done.
Remove the chicken from the oven.
Add olives, peppers, capers.
Finish in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Remove the chicken and allow it to rest for a minute or two.
Finish your broth by swirling the small amount of butter in it.
Serve chicken over broth. Finish with parsley and more lemon, if desired.

@ Ripped by Jules


What does it look like to you? Is it a hug? Is it quiet acknowledgment? Is it growth encouragement? Maybe a loud sign bearing cheerleading? Attention to detail? Honesty? Safety? Trust? A text to show you’re in mind?

We all need it and we all give it (hopefully). But how we give and receive support is so unique to each of us, sometimes we miss the cues.

Take the time to know who you’re with. Learn to give difficult support without destroying self worth. Learn how to be empathic. Listen. Touch. Refuse to judge. HOLD THE DOOR.

Better yet, open the door. All those little things ARE the big things.

In the words of @akenneymontero, “know your audience.” Knowing is the difference between being there and being the one you WANT there.


Want to WORK? Did this full body KILLER yesterday and was spent. The format is key.

16 minutes, AMRAP, 8 sets of each move so go HEAVY.
*group 1
*resisted push ups
*bosu crunch to tabletop
*wall jump burpees
*ball pike

*group 2
*heavy wall ball
*deep step up with press
*other side
*heavy front squat

*group 3
*double DB hanging snatch
*offset curtsy with front raise driver
*other side
*max kB swing hand to hand

Michelle @theladydockers, you are brilliantly beautiful, kind, hilarious, insightful, loving, and strong. ANNND you laugh at my jokes and appreciate my love of tequila. 💕

Thank you for choosing me and Ripped. I hope I have taught you even a fraction of what you’ve taught me. And that includes how to have a solid dance party mid day 💕
Going to miss you, Lady! 😘 Love. Xx

Full body workout for Wednesday this week, guys! IF THERE IS WEIGHT, go heavy!

In the next minute and a half, you’ll see:

*tabletop wall walk
*narrow plié dead left (think Mary Poppins)
*individual weighted hollow hold
*power push presses
*plank kB pull through- don’t rotate the hips at all!
*goblet squat
*iso kB curl to halo
*in/out box jumps
*push up to knee tuck burpees

I’ve got the whole world in my hands 🥰 Happy birthday to you, @lizaf24 and thank you @ewb28 @ninaf44 @sibbyv @krappyk, and the non-tagables 🙌🏼💕

New toy! 🙌🏼💪🏼

Sandbag training is a perfect compliment to conventional training; it has a constantly moving center of mass and, more often than not, will make you fight for each and every lift, giving you a high return on the time and effort you put in.

More unilateral training!
Want to know what’s so cool? When training unilaterally, the pathways in the brain used for the primary unilateral exercise stimulate the same muscles on the opposite side of the body. Your non-working side ALSO makes gains! But that’s not the only reason:
Train away imbalances
Reduce bilateral deficits
Strengthen core
Increase functional strength
Increases focus. Part of the reason I love training this way is because it is one of the only ways to shut my chaotic brain OFF and focus on just this one task. Magic, as far as this busy brain is concerned.
You go, unilateral! 🤓🙌🏼

This is long. Do yourself a favor and read it. Maybe daily.

Shrimp the Light Fantastic

Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi: so easy, so fast, so healthy.
3-4 medium zucchini
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 minced garlic cloves, divided
12-16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
1/4 chicken stock
1/8 tsp hot red pepper flakes
Cut the zucchini into noodles using spiralizer. Cut the strips into 6 to 8-inch strips.
In a large nonstick pan, melt butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add shrimp, kosher salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Set aside.
Add the remaining oil and garlic to the skillet, cook 30 seconds then add the zucchini noodles, broth, kosher salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, stirring.
Remove from the heat, add the shrimp, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Toss well to combine and serve immediately.
I always top mine with Parmesan cheese; don’t crucify me!

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