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About the Author

Clarence Bass, a lawyer, is the author of ten highly regarded books on bodybuilding, health, and fitness; in addition to the Ripped series and Lean Advantage series, they include Lean For Life, Challenge Yourself, Great Expectations, and Take Charge. His question and answer column, the Ripped Department, appeared in Muscle & Fitness magazine for 16 years. He now writes monthly for his website. Training since the age of 13, Bass is a former Olympic-style weightlifting champion and winner of the Most Muscular Man award at the Past-40 Mr. USA contest. He and wife Carol have an adult son, Matthew. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Clarence Bass's Ripped; First Edition edition (June 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960971408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960971404
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wagner on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Fitness books, like trendy clothes and fad diets, come and go. (Anyone remember John Travolta's "Staying Fit!"? How about Rocky Graziano's "The Rocky Road to Physical Fitness?") Clarence Bass' "Ripped: The Sensible Way to Achieve Ultimate Muscularity," now in its ninth printing, breaks the mold in this: it has stood the test of time.
First released in 1980, the book focuses on three years in the bodybuilding life of fitness enthusiast Clarence Bass, (a now retired) attorney from Alburquerque, NM. It's the story of his quest for the Mr. America and Mr. USA titles, both of which he won in the past 40 short class (in 1978 and 1979, respectively). Mr. Bass shares what he learned along the way: about training, diet and supplementation; about achieving ultimate muscularity with an amazing 2.4 percent bodyfat; and about dealing with the many challenges he faced along the way. Informative and inspirational, this benchmark book has served as a bodybuilding guide for twenty years. And, classic that it is, it will undoubtedly inspire fitness enthusiasts for years to come. Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By brett joseph on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first started reading and following the ripped program two years ago. I grew up a chubby kid and had weight problems as an adult. growing up on refined foods. since i was a "guy" it seemed to be no big deal. i was just husky. I lost a bunch of weight 10 years ago. mainly because i cut down on the beer, and heavy breakfasts. I was 5'11" and weighed 230lbs, and dropped down to maybe 180. Still i was kinda flabby. i have tried diferant programs over the years with no real benifits. the infomercials always looked so good. i always wanted that chiseled/ripped look, but NEVER could obtain it. I thought maybe it was just me, and it was not possible. well let me tell you IT IS. With Clarence Bass's aproach you will succeed. It is really easy which of course is important if you want to stick to it. he is VERY thorough, and has done his homework. being an attorney i guess it is in his nature. i have all but one of his books, but this is the one i am reveiwing. since it was his first and mine. all CB's books are awesome. i have read them all over and over till i practically had them memorized. his "three pronged aproach" is his/the secret. one day i started noticing that is was getting Ripped. i could not belive my eyes. i swear i would look in the mirror and think who is that. and all the guys/girls in the gym were looking at me too. i am not kidding. it is really easy to follow and understand. buy all of Clarence Bass's books! you will not be sorry.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on July 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ripped is the sort of book you want to keep on your shelf when you feel that you want to take your diet to a whole other level for a short period of time (or longer if you can do it). Clarence Bass should also be congratulated for telling it like it is. He just comes straight out and says "I have taken steroids to keep from loosing muscle when I diet". He talks about his cycles. I read this book in day. It is only 88 pages. Probably the big question is what he eats to look like that. The answer is actually quite obvious. He eats hardly anything. But before we get to that, let us talk about Clarence, and his classic book Ripped. Basically Clarence got into bodybuilding late in the game and entered the over 40 contents for Mr. America and Mr USA. He wins a lot of them because he isn't just ripped, the guy is etched. His abdominals are chiselled. So naturally there are those out there who want that look and he tells you straight how he did it. He figured out how to diet down and keep muscle while involved in weight control experiments with NASA who took an interest in him. He also describes the water tank displacement method of calculating body fat percentages (BF%). However he does talk a bit about training and a lot of stuff has changed. Basically he tried bulking and cutting but lost all his muscle when he dropped his BF% to the low figures using traditional bulk and cut methods. So he took steroids next time and he kept his muscle. That is basically what he did and so for natural bodybuilders the book sort of stings when you read this. You are not going to learn how to keep lots of muscle and drop your BF% down to 2.4% without roids by using the advice in Ripped. However a lot has changed since then with regards to bulking and cutting and trying to stay lean while not getting too fat.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
The sport of bodybuilding is filled with conflicting information on what the body needs to achieve muscularity. It can be frustrating if you rely on trial and error. Instead I got Ripped, Ripped 2 and 3. I'm really glad I did. I lost a lot of fat and have a diet that is sensible. Clarence Bass has been in the sport of bodybuilding for a long time and has been meticulous in documenting what works and what doesn't. His washboard abs are living proof.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sir_isaac_newton on April 29, 2003
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Clarence provide and insightful look at his diet and training to get his incredibly ripped (low body fat, muscular and vascular) physique. He details his experimentation with diet, exercise and steriods -- yes, he is candid about the benefits and draw backs of steroids ...and comes out against them on balance.
Lean for Life might be a better book from the same author for non-body builders (although this is a good book too) and it is a little more up to date and more targeted to a wider audiance.
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