I am almost 1 month into my bet with my best friend and we still have 4 to go until judgement day. For those who are unclear about the bet, here is a recap. Beginning in January we made a bet to see who could get the most toned and defined by May 31st. The punishment for the loser has already been set, and will be revealed after the winner has been declared.
Until now I have been making some improvements to my training along the way. It has been a while since I have lifted really heavy and I am still dealing with an injured shoulder, so for the last bit I have been trying to get back into the swing of things and help my body get prepared for what is to come. So the workout program that I have been following is a 2 day whole body and 1 day upper, 1 day lower body split. It is a program that I first found on the web site of Eric Cressey but I have made minor changes to make it more appropriate for me.
The way it would look if you were planning your week is like this:
Monday-Whole body 3 sets of 4-8 reps
- Front Squats
- 1 leg Romanian deadlift
- dumbbell flat bench press
- T-bar row
- Ball side crunches
- Hanging leg raises
- Cable pull through
- dumbbell reverse lunge
- Hack squats
- Hamstring curls
- Kneeling Palloff press
- Standing calf raise
- Seated Calf raise
Thursday-Upper Body 3 sets of 4-8 reps
Saturday-Whole Body 3 sets of 4-8 reps
I have recently introduced 3 – 20 minute cardio sessions into my week as well as my weekly hike.
As far as nutrition goes I have been following my tips from previous posts. Have 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, each consisting of lean protein and vegetables. I have a protein shake immediately following each workout and depending on my protein intake, I may add an extra one before bed. I have limited my starchy carb intake to breakfast and my afternoon snack only. This has made the most difference to my mid section as I have already noticeably leaned out. This is something I will have to keep an eye on so I don’t lean out too much too quickly. My energy levels are fine with the limited carbs. I have been having 3 litres of water per day which is keeping me well hydrated and I have been having my amino acid beverage during each workout.
Next week I begin a new program focused on building some more lean muscle. I will be posting about my progress regularly with a copy of the program if you are interested in trying it yourself.