If you know the basics, then you should be off to a good start. Some things that will get you shredded (hopefully I'll tell you something you don't know): 1. What you put in your mouth is the most important thing. Benchmark your daily calories to about 10X your bodyweight. Count macronutrients (50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat) you can adjust this to your goals, but don't let carbs get to over 40%. Eliminate sugar and white anything (rice, pasta, bread), these forms of carbs are too simple and easily converted into fat. Stick with veggies, beans, whole grains and a LITTLE fruit, preferably after workouts because your muscles need it. Spread your calories over five or six small meals a day, breakfast being the biggest and dinner the smallest, trying to eat most of your carbs in the morning and after weight training. 2. Cardio should be done first thing in the morning, 30-40 min on an emty stomach about 5 times a week. You will burn something like 300% more fat this way and it will increase your metabolism for the entire day. 3. Don't go easy on the weights just because you're eating right and doing cardio. Muscle burns fat, so get there 3-4 times a week. You may want to begin your burn-outs since your trying to get ripped. 4. Change. Your routine in training should shift every few months to aviod plateaus. Reps, exercises, sets, days of the week, all of this should be kept fresh. Xenadrine works in the initial stages but I've found it counterproductive when you get "down to the wire." Glutamine is great to help with protien synthesis and glycogen production in the muscles. It gets real important if you get less than 100 carbs a day and are still training hard. Feel free to email me if you want more advice or some great links. Good luck.