On the injury list

So now I have a shoulder injury, Im thinking its from doing shoulder press on the Hammer Strength machine. I went light but these machines really put my arms and shoulders in a very tough position. I really should have known better and I went ahead and used this machine. The injury was aggravated by a busy day at work, probably one of the busiest I’ve had in my 10 yrs on the job.

So I am resting it now and just trying to stretch it. If it starts to get better from rest I will rehab it using the video inserted into this post. If it continues to hurt then its off to the doctor I go.

Huge list of shakes if you like variety!

Huge list of shakes if you like variety!

Almond Peach Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ -1 cup frozen peaches, ½ tsp almond extract, ½ tsp cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½-1 cup of chopped frozen apple, 1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Pie Delight — YUMMY
1 scoop of vanilla powder, 1 peeled and cored apple, cut into pieces, 1 ½ cups of milk,
½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, 5 Ice Cubes, Microwave the apple pieces for 2 minutes on high. Add all ingredients to blender, puree for 30 seconds.

Apple Smoothie
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, no added sugar,(greek yogurt will add additional protein!) ¼ cup applesauce, no added sugar, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, pinch cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, ¼ tsp. vanilla extract, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Apricot Fantasy
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, 1- 2 small apricots, ¼ cup raw almonds
½ tsp almond extract, Ice

Banana Almond Creme
1 Banana, ½ Cup Milk, 10 Almonds, 1 scoop powder, 5 Ice Cubes

Banapple Blast
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ small green apple, ½ frozen banana
½ tsp cinnamon

Banana Bread Shake
2 scoops protein, 1 Banana, ½ Cup Quaker Oatmeal (cook with boiling water), ¾ Cup Kellogg’s Bran Flakes, 1 Bottle of water, Sugar, Brown Sugar or Artificial Sweetener to taste.

Banana Cheerio Quickfast
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1 banana, ¾ cup cheerios, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Banana Delight
8 oz water, ½ banana (frozen), 2 oz protein of choice, 2 tsp flax seed oil

Banana Split
Mix one serving of vanilla or chocolate according to directions. Then, add 1 ripe banana, ¼ cup chopped pineapple, 4 frozen strawberries and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds.

Berries & Cream Shake
1 Scoop Vanilla powder, 1 Scoop Ice, 1 Lil Can Of Pineapple Juice (cook with boiling water), 1 Handful Of Mixed Berries.

Berry Good Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Raspberry Yogurt and protein powder, 4 strawberries, 15 blueberries
16 ounces of nonfat milk, ½ cup of ice cubes.

Berry Madness
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh strawberries, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh blueberries, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh, raspberries, add ice for extra thickness

Blastoff
1 single tall espresso shot, 12 oz milk, 2 scoops vanilla powder, scoop ice

Blueberry Blaster
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 oz of water, 4 to 6 ice cubes, 20-30 blueberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Blueberry Dream
10 oz water, ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1.5 oz protein of choice, 2 tsp flax seed oil, 15 drops liquid stevia (optional)

Blueberry Vanilla Pear
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen blueberries, ¼-½ cup chopped pear, Ice

Blue Mango Heaven
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼ -½ cup frozen mango, 1/3-½ cup blueberries

Breakfast Boost
Blend 8 oz of orange juice with a half-cup non-fat, plain yogurt, half a banana, one serving of protein, 1 tbsp flax seed oil, four frozen peach slices and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Breezy-Freezy Shake
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1-1 ½ cups of water or skim milk, 1 cup reduced fat mango yogurt, ¼ of frozen pineapple, ½ -1 banana, Add ice for extra thickness

Carnation Instant Breakfast Smoothie
¼ cup orange juice, 100%, ½ cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, vanilla, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Cherry Ripe
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ frozen banana, ¼-½ cup frozen black cherries

Chocolate Almond Delight
10-12 oz water, 15 raw almonds, ½ tsp coconut extract, 1.5 oz chocolate powder, Stevia to taste (optional), 3-5 ice cubes (optional), (first, blend the almonds until creamy smooth in ½ the water, then add the rest of the ingredients)

Chocolate Banana Crunch
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add one banana and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds. Then, add four low-fat chocolate wafers, blend at low speed for ten seconds, and server.

Chocolate Banana Shake
1-2 scoops chocolate powder, 6-8 oz water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1 banana, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Chocolate Coffee Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Milk Chocolate protein, 1 cup of skim milk, 5 ice cubes, 1 cup of water
1 spoonful of instant coffee,

Chocolate Dream
½ scoop Chocolate powder, ½ scoop Vanilla powder, 8 oz milk, skim, Stir ingredients together or use shaker cup.

Chocolate Fudge Shake
2 scoops chocolate powder, 2 tbsp chocolate fudge sugar free pudding mix, 8 oz water
5 large ice cubes, tiny silver spoon (optional), Blend powder, pudding and water, add ice cubes, blend till crushed, with ice slivers still un-melted, pour into insulated cup (makes
about 16 oz) and eat it with a tiny silver spoon.

Chocolate Lovers
12 oz water, 1 tsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp low fat sour cream, 10-15 drops liquid stevia, 2 oz protein chocolate flavor, 2 tsp flax seed oil

Chocolate Strawberry Blast
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 8 strawberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl
½ scoop chocolate powder, ½ scoop vanilla powder, splash Vitamite, splash water, Ice,

Choco-Banana Nut
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ frozen banana, 1 tbsp of raw cashew butter

Chocolate Mocha
½ cup milk, skim, 1 1/3 Tbsp General Foods International Swiss Mocha Instant Coffee, sugar free, 1 scoop Chocolate powder, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add 1 heaping tbsp of all-natural peanut butter and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve. (maybe use PB2?)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Supreme
12 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Cinnamon Roll Supreme
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp fat-free Butter Buds and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar-free instant vanilla pudding, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 packet artificial sweetener, a few dashes butter flavor sprinkles or butter-flavor extract, 8 oz. water (or low-fat milk), 3 ice cubes, Add all ingredients to blender, whip, and serve.

Coffee Lovers Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup raw almonds or cashews, 1-2 tsp instant decaffeinated coffee

Creamsicle
¾ cup orange juice, 100%, 1 package, Carnation Instant Breakfast, vanilla, 1 scoop protein powder, 4 ice cubes

Creamy Coffee Ice Cream
1 scoop of vanilla powder, 13 oz ice cubes, 3 oz water, 2 tsp ground coffee, Blend the ice cubes until you get a snow. Add the protein, the ground coffee, the water and blend for 5-10 minutes to a smooth consistency. Freeze 30 – 60 minutes for thicker ice cream.

Creamy Peach Smoothie
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼-½ cup of frozen peaches, ¼-½ frozen banana, ice for extra thickness

Double Deluxe Chocolate Fudge
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add one packet of Swiss Miss fat-free hot cocoa mix and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Eggnog
1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 cup skim milk, ¼ cup egg substitute, 1 Tbsp Instant, pudding, vanilla, sugar free, dry, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Chill, and then stir prior to serving.

Eye opener
1 scoop protein powder, 1 tsp instant coffee, 12 oz ice cold water, 2 ice cubes and blend

Fat Burning Peaches and Cream
8 oz water, 1 ripe peach, 2 tbs. low fat sour cream, 8 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1.5 oz protein of choice

Frozen Chocolate Banana
12 oz. Water, 4-5 ice cubes, 1 banana, 1 tbsp heavy cream, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Fruit Freeze
½ cup skim milk, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 5 strawberries, frozen, no added sugar, 2 peaches, frozen, no added sugar, ¼ cup pineapple, canned, packed in juice, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops strawberry, 4 large strawberries, blueberries ( a small handful), water (just a few drops), ½ cup ice, Splenda, Start off by crushing the ice in the blender and then gradually add the fruit and enough water to get it smooth. Finish off with the two scoops of whey and enough Splenda to make it sweet.

German Chocolate Cake
12 oz Water, 4 ice cubes, 1 tbsp heavy cream, 1 tbsp cream of coconut, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Ginger Bread Man
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 graham cracker, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 capful vanilla, 12oz water, 4 Ice Cubes ,Blend 45 seconds

High Energy Shake!
10 oz water, 10 strawberries (Fresh or Frozen), 1 tbsp flax seed oil, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 heaping scoop protein, Stevia to taste (optional), 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Hot Cocoa
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Chocolate powder, Heat milk in microwave on high power for 90 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Stir in Matrix 5.0 until dissolved.

Hot Cocoa
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 packet hot cocoa, sugar free, Heat milk in microwave on high power for 90 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Stir in Matrix 5.0 and hot cocoa until dissolved.
Iced Café Vienna
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 2/3 Tbsp General Foods International Coffees Café Vienna, sugar free, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Iced Latte
1 cup decaffeinated coffee, chilled, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 4 ice cubes, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Juicy Lucy
10 oz apple juice (can use orange/blend), 1 scoop ice, ½ large banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 scoops vanilla powder

Key Lime Pie
Mix one serving of vanilla whey according to directions. Then, add 2 tbsp frozen lime juice, one graham cracker (four small squares) and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Melon madness
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen watermelon

Mocha Shake
6 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, 6 oz. coffee*, 2 scoops chocolate powder, *You may use 12 oz. coffee and no water for an extra pre-workout or morning kick!

Nada Colada Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, ½, cup pineapple-orange juice*, ¼ tsp rum extract, ¼ tsp coconut extract (or 2 tbsp shredded coconut), 1 packet artificial sweetener, 4 oz. water (or low-fat milk), 3-6 ice cubes, Low-carb version: Omit juice and use ½ tsp sugar-free pineapple-orange drink mix (dry). Increase water or milk to 8 oz, Add all ingredients to blender, whip, and serve.

Oatmeal Meal Replacement Shake
1 cup dry measure oatmeal, cooked in water and cooled, 2 scoops vanilla, 3 dashes cinnamon, 1/8 cup sugar free maple syrup or equivalent amount brown sugar replacement, 1 tbsp chopped almonds (or flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter), 12 oz water or low-fat milk, Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and pour into cup. If your short on time, just use dry oatmeal or oat flour.

Orange And Cream Delight
1 Bottle of Orange Gatorade, 1 scoop Vanilla, Simple, yet tasty!

Orange Creamsicle
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1-2 peeled oranges, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.
Orange Vanilla Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Vanilla, 8 oz Orange Juice, 4-5 ice cubes, 1 tsp Vanilla, ½ banana, 2-3 frozen strawberries, 2 packets of sweetener,

PB&J
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add one heaping tbsp of all-natural peanut butter and four frozen strawberries. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve

Peanut Brittle Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix, dry 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, chunky, 8 oz. cold water or lowfat milk, 3-6 ice cubes This mimics peanut brittle only in taste. Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and serve. I like to add the peanut butter in last so it stays a little chunky, just like the peanut brittle it is replacing.

Peanut Butter And Banana Shake
2 scoops Vanilla, 100g almond flakes, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 500ml skim milk, half banana, 1 tbsp honey

Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffle
2 scoops chocolate powder, 1 tsp peanut butter, 16 ounces nonfat milk, ½ cup ice cubes

Peppermint Oatmeal Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Milk Chocolate Protein, 1 cup sugar free vanilla ice cream, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 cups non-fat milk, ½ cup water, a splash of peppermint extract!

Piña Colada
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ -1 cup frozen pineapple pieces, ½ tsp coconut extract

Pina Colada Passion
12 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 3 scoops vanilla powder, 1/3 cup Pineapple chunks
2 tsp Coconut extract

Pineapple Blast
4 ice cubes, 12 oz. Water, 2 scoops vanilla powder, ½ cup pineapple chunks

Pineapple Power
1 cup of pineapple juice, 3 strawberries, 1 banana, 1 tsp of yogurt, 1 scoop of your choice of protein

Plum Ice Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Vanilla, 1 ripe plum, juice of 1 lemon, 16 oz of ice water, ½ cup ice cubes.

Protein Power Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes , Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Crystal Light
½ cup Crystal Light, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip Free, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Plus Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 2 scoops Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Orange Frostie
½ cup orange juice, 100%, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip Light, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Pineapple Smoothie
2/3 cup pineapple juice, 100%, ½ cup cottage cheese, fat free, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Protein Power Strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, ½ cup strawberries, frozen, no added sugar, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Powered Vegetable Juice
1 cup tomato or V-8 juice, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, Blend or use a shaker cup to mix well. Pour over ice or blend with ice.

Protein Shake
1 cup skim milk, 2 tsp safflower oil, Several pieces of ice, 1 banana, 1 package of Carnation Instant Breakfast, (any flavor–strawberry, chocolate, cappacino, French vanilla, chocolate malt), Mix together in blender until ice is completely crushed and mixed well.

Protein Tower of Power
Mix two servings of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry according to directions, and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 tbsp Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), ¼ tsp Apple Pie Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), ½ cup Skim Milk, 2 tsp Splenda or Equal (add more or less to adjust sweetness), ½ cup Water, 1 tsp Instant Coffee (regular or decaf), Hea****er in microwave (below 130 degrees) then, mix in instant coffee Add: -Coffee (as prepared above), milk, canned pumpkin, Vanilla powder, apple pie spice and sweetener in blender -Blend until combined (about 30 seconds) -Heat in microwave
until warm or serve over ice Fun Extras: -Serve with a cinnamon stick -Top with 1 tablespoon of cool-whip (sugar free or regular) and sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice

Quick Start
3 oranges (fresh juiced only, NOT canned or bottled, 6 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1 oz protein of choice

Raspberry Chocolate Thick
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of whole (or 2%) milk, 6 ice cubes
8 raspberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a tall glass. Drink or eat with a spoon!

Raspberry Rhubarb Magic
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen chopped rhubarb, ¼-½ cup frozen raspberries

Rise and Shine
½ cup orange juice, 100%, ¼ cup yogurt, vanilla, fat free, no added sugar, ¼ banana, ripe
3 peach slices, frozen, no added sugar, 2 scoops Any Whey Protein, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine metal mesh strainer.

Rock N’ Roll Protein Shake
1 cup water, 1 big scoop vanilla powder, ¾ cup natural yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tsp of flax-seed oil, 2 tsp of honey,

Root Beer Float
1 can Diet A&W Root Beer, 1-2 tbsp Heavy Cream, 4 ice cubes, 1-3 scoops vanilla powder

Root Beer Float
Mix one cup of diet root beer, that has gone flat with one scoop vanilla powder, and it tastes like a root beer float!

Simply Peachy-Keen
1-2 scoops vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼-½ cup of, frozen peaches, Add ice for extra thickness

Strawberry-Banana Frost
Mix one serving of strawberry according to directions. Then, add 1 ripe banana and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Strawberry Berry Berry
1 scoop Strawberry powder, 4 strawberries (frozen or fresh), ¼ cup blueberries, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup ice or crushed ice, Put all ingredients into blender and mix to desired consistency., Serve cold.

Strawberry Cheesecake
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add three tbsp of Jell-O’s no-bake, reduced-fat cheesecake mix, three low-fat vanilla wafers, and four frozen strawberries. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Strawberry Chocolate Milk
2 Scoops Strawberry powder, 1 Scoop Carnation Fat Free Hot Cocoa, 14 oz water
Mix in blender with ice for a “shake” or shake in shaker for a more, milky consistency

Strawberry Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup frozen mango slices

Strawberry Nut Shake
Mix 2 Scoops Vanilla, 1 cup fat-free strawberry yogurt, 6 shredded macadamia nuts.

Strawberry for Protein Dummies
10 frozen strawberries, ½ small banana, 1 scoop powder, 8 oz Water, 1/3 cup Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk, Splenda to taste

Strawberry Savior
4 scoops vanilla powder, 8 oz water, 1 strawberry yogurt, 3 frozen strawberries
1 tsp flax seed oil,

Super Slimmer
8 oz water, 1 tbsp flax seed oil, ½ ripe peach (peeled), 6 frozen strawberries
1 heaping scoop protein, Stevia to taste (optional)

Super Vanilla Shake
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Tangerine Cream
12 oz. Tangerine Diet Rite, 4 Ice Cubes, 1-2 tbsp heavy cream, 1-3 scoops vanilla powder

The Best Protein Shake Ever
2 scoops chocolate, 10 Ice Cubes, 12 oz fat free milk, 2 tbsp fat free vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter, 2 tbsp hazelnut coffee, 1/8 cup caramel ice cream topping, You can add more or less caramel topping, depending on how sweet you want your shake.

The Best Overall Tasting Homemade Protein Shake
16 oz skim milk, 2 cups no-fat cottage cheese, 3 scoops vanilla, ½ cup non-fat, reduced-sugar vanilla yogurt scoop of your favorite fruit, Splenda or Sweet-n-Low to taste (about 2 packets), Handful of Ice, Blend together and chill.

The Hulk
2 scoops vanilla, ½ tbsp sugar-free pistachio pudding mix, 1 mint leaf or a few drops peppermint extract (optional), 1 few drops green food coloring (optional), 8 oz cold water or low-fat milk , 3-5 ice cubes, Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and pour into cup. This tastes great without the mint so don’t worry if you don’t have it around. The shake is a light green even without the food coloring but if you want it green (like The Hulk!), you’ll need a few drops.

Tropical Fruit Freeze
Mix one serving of strawberry according to directions. Then, add ¼ cup frozen, unsweetened peaches, ¼ cup pineapple, and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Thick Banana Protein Shake
1 cup skim milk, 2 tsp. safflower oil, Several pieces of ice, 1 banana, 1 package of Carnation Instant Breakfast, (any flavor–strawberry, chocolate, cappuccino, French vanilla, chocolate malt), Mix together in blender until ice is completely crushed and mixed well.

Tropical Pleasure
8 oz water, ½ tsp pineapple extract, ½ tsp coconut extract, 1 tbsp heavy cream
½ frozen banana, 1 heaping scoop (1 oz) of Egg Protein, Stevia or Agave to taste (optional), 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Tropical Treat
8 oz water, ½ banana (frozen), 2 tbsp low fat sour cream, 1 tsp coconut extract
10-15 drops liquid stevia (optional), 1.5 oz. protein of choice (vanilla flavor)

Two Berry Delight
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries, ½ cup raspberries, ½ cup water, 1 cup ice, 1 packet of sweetener, ½ cup milk, 1 cup orange juice vitamins or protein powder, Put all ingredients except ice in blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend to give it a frozen smoothie consistency

Vanilla Banana Creamy
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 oz of water or whole (or 2%) milk, 6 ice cubes, 1 banana, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a tall glass.

Vanilla Coffee Delight
10-12 oz. low-fat milk, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, ½ cup low-fat coffee flavored ice cream, Add all ingredients in blender. Blend and enjoy.

Vanilla Nut
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼ cup raw organic oatmeal, 1 tbsp raw cashew butter, ½ tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Shake
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 4 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie
1 cup plain, fat free yogurt, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, ¼ cup milk, skim, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Whey Egg Nog
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add ½ tsp ground allspice, 1 graham cracker (4 small squares) and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Wild Berry Boost
2 scoops vanilla, 8 raspberries, 4 strawberries, 15 blueberries, 16 ounces nonfat milk, ½ cup ice cubes

Yogurt Smoothie
Blend 1-2 scoops of Any Whey Protein into your favorite no added sugar smooth yogurt flavor and ½ cup milk.

Wendler 5/3/1

A Hardcore Look At Wendler’s 5/3/1 Powerlifting Routine

Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 powerlifting system is popular because it works! Wendler’s has you training 3-4 days per week on a rotating wave system.

Workout Summary

Main Goal:
Increase Strength
Workout Type:
Split
Training Level:
Intermediate
Days Per Week:
3
Equipment Required:
Barbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells
Target Gender:
Male & Female
Author:

Workout Description

Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 powerlifting system is rapidly growing into one of the most popular powerlifting and strength building training routines on the planet. Several years ago, most powerlifters I knew ran the Westside Barbell system. Westside was the gospel, and there was no other. But today, things have changed. A good portion of my friends are running Wendler’s 5/3/1, or a Westside/Wendler’s combination. Westside is still king, but Wendler’s 5/3/1 has proven itself very worthy of consideration.

In this guide to Wendler’s 5/3/1, you will find information on 2, 3, and 4 day splits. You will also find information on a Wendler’s 5/3/1 and Westside hybrid program. I have also included detailed assistance work information, including possible variations mentioned in the Wendler’s 5/3/1 e-book. Please support Jim Wendler and Wendler’s 5/3/1 by purchasing his e-book.

Wendler’s 5/3/1 Core Components

  • 4 to 5+ Week Mesocycle. A mesocycle of Wendler’s 5/3/1 lasts 4 weeks if you train 4 days per week, and 5+ weeks if you train 3 days per week. If you workout three times per week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday), you will rotate between 4 core workouts. If you workout 4 days per week, you will hit each workout once a week on the same training day.
  • 4 Core Workouts. Wendler’s 5/3/1 consists of 4 core workouts:

Workout ASquat and assistance work.

Workout BBench Press and assistance work.

Workout CDeadlift and assistance work.

Workout DOverhead Press and assistance work.

  • 3 Days Per Week. As stated, if you use Wendler’s 5/3/1 and workout 3 days per week, you will rotate between the 4 workouts. Over the course of a mesocycle, you will perform each of the 4 workouts four times, for a total of 16 workouts. A week week mesocycle looks like this:

Week 1. ABC (Monday – Workout A, Wednesday – Workout B, Friday – Workout C)

Week 2. DAB

Week 3. CDA

Week 4. BCD

Week 5. ABC

Week 6. D

  • 4 Days Per Week. If you use Wendler’s 5/3/1 and train 4 days per week, your mesocycle will last only 4 weeks. Your workout schedule should look something life this:

MondaySquat Day

WednesdayBench Press Day

FridayDeadlift Day

SaturdayOverhead Press Day

  • Workout Waves. Each workout is performed 4 times during the course of a Wendler’s 5/3/1 mesocycle. Simply stated, you will have 4 bench press workouts, 4 squat workouts, 4 deadlift workouts, and 4 overhead press workouts. Each specific workout (A-B-C-D) is comprised of 4 waves, or 4 different workouts. These waves are:

Wave A. Warmup, 75% x 5, 80% x 5, 85% x 5

Wave B. Warmup, 80% x 3, 85% x 3, 90% x 3

Wave C. Warmup, 75% x 5, 85% x 3, 95% x 1

Wave DDeload wave – 60% x 5, 65% x 5, 70% x 5

Wendler’s 5/3/1 Complete Mesocycle Breakdown

Now that we’ve looked at the nuts and bolts of the Wendler’s 5/3/1 powerlifting system, let’s put them together into a structured mesocycle. Please note that the following tables do not include assistance work. The letter (ABCD) following the core workout is the corresponding wave that you will be performing on that training day.

Wendler’s 5/3/1 Mesocycle
3 Days Per Week
Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Squat – A Bench Press – A Deadlift – A
2 OH Press – A Squat – B Bench Press – B
3 Deadlift – B OH Press – B Squat – C
4 Bench Press – C Deadlift – C OH Press – C
5 Squat – D Bench Press – D Deadlift – D
6 OH Press – D
Wendler’s 5/3/1 Mesocycle
4 Days Per Week
Week Monday Wednesday Friday Friday
1 Squat – A Bench Press – A Deadlift – A OH Press – A
2 Squat – B Bench Press – B Deadlift – B OH Press – B
3 Squat – C Bench Press – C Deadlift – C OH Press – C
4 Squat – D Bench Press – D Deadlift – D OH Press – D

Exercise Substitution

For each of the 4 workouts (ABCD), you may substitute the primary workout with an appropriate replacement at the start of a new mesocycle. The following are examples of acceptable substitutions:

Assistance Work

How much assistance work you do is up to you. Natural lifters should try to be in and out of the gym in 60 minutes. If you can’t “hit it” in that period of time, you need to take a long, hard look at the rest periods you are taking between assistance work sets. A quote from Jim Wendler on training duration:

“People laugh and call me lazy, while they twit around in their three-hour workout making zero progress. Sometimes, instead of what you do in the weight room, it’s what you don’t do that will lead to success.”

In the Wendler’s 5/3/1 book, the following assistance plans are presented:

  • Boring But Big. Main lift, the main lift again @ 5×10 (50% 1RM), and another accessory exercise for 5 sets.
  • The Triumvirate.  Main lift, and two assistance exercises – 5 sets each.
  • I’m Not Doing Jack Shit.  Main lift, and nothing else.
  • Periodization Bible by Dave Tate.  Main lift, and 3 exercises – 5 x 10-20 reps each.
  • Bodyweight.  Main lift, and 2 bodyweight exercises such as the pull upsit upsdips, etc.

Here are some sample assistance work plans based on your goals.

Strength Builder Assistance Work

From the Wendler 5/3/1 E-Book.

Squat Workout

Bench Press Workout

Deadlift Workout

  • Deadlift: 5 x 8 x 50%
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 5 x 12

Overhead Press Workout

Bodybuilder Assistance Work

From the Wendler 5/3/1 E-Book.

Squat Workout Day – Assistance Option A

Squat Workout Day – Assistance Option B

Bench Press Workout Day – Assistance option A

Bench Press Workout Day – Assistance option B

Deadlift Workout Day – Assistance Option A

  • Chin Up: 4 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Row: 4 sets of 15 reps/arm
  • Back Raises: 4 sets of 10 reps (with bar behind neck)
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 4 sets of 15 reps

Deadlift Workout Day – Assistance Option B

  • Lat Pull Down – 4 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Bent Over Row – 4 sets of 15 reps/arm
  • Reverse Hyperextensions – 4 sets of 12 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises – 4 sets of 15 reps

Overhead Press Workout Day – Assistance Option A

Overhead Press Workout Day – Assistance Option B

Wendler’s 5/3/1 Notes

One rep max. When you first start Wendler’s 5/3/1, use a realistic one rep max (1RM). It’s better to start a little below your estimated max and work into Wendler’s 5/3/1, then it is to over-estimate your 1RM and waste a mesocycle. Powerlifting is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. Don’t kill yourself out of the gate. Jim Wendler recommends starting at 90% of your 1RM on your first mesocycle.

The last set. Jim Wendler recommends going all out on the last core set each workout. Remember, core work is either squats, bench press, deadlift or overhead press. On this last set, do as many reps as you can with the given weight. Do NOT use this approach for de-load workouts.

Adding weight. After completing each mesocycle, add 5 pounds to your 1RM total for bench press and overhead press, and 10 pounds to your squat and deadlift 1RM, and recalculate your percentages. If you run Wendler’s 5/3/1 for a year, this progression pattern will add 50 pounds to your bench and press, and 100 pounds to your squat and deadlift. Be patient, and stick with the plan!

2 Day Per Week Approach

For those who can hit the gym only twice a week, you can use the following template:

This is a 4 week cycle. Hit the primary, core exercises first, and add in appropriate assistance work. Remember to limit your total workout time to about 60 minutes.

Wendler’s 5/3/1 and Westside Hybrid

Wendler’s 5/3/1 is a very flexible training system. Because of this, the door is wide open to integrate Wendler’s with core/key components of the Westside system.

Some trainees may want to utilize dynamic effort (DE) days from Westside training. How you structure this integration is up to you. Some trainees may be able to do both heavy squats and deadlifts on a single day, and then use the second posterior chain day of that week for dynamic effort (DE) work. Some may choose to do heavy Wendler squats with DE deadlifts, and heavy Wendler deadlifts with DE squats.

Another possible integration between Westside and Wendler’s would be to drop the heavy overhead pressing day, and instead, insert overhead pressing movements on your bench days. This would free up one training day each week for DE bench work.

Sample Westside/Wendler’s 5/3/1 program structure.

  • Monday – Dynamic effort (DE) bench press. Heavier overhead pressing.
  • Tuesday – Wendler’s squat day. Dynamic effort (DE) deadlifts.
  • Thursday – Wendler’s bench press day.
  • Friday – Wendler’s deadlift day. Dynamic effort (DE) squats.

For assistance work, use exercises that address your weaknesses. Please remember that this sample hybrid program is only an example, presented to get you thinking about the possibilities. There are many ways to combine Westside and Wendler’s, and many reasons why someone would want to do so.

When jumping into a hybrid routine, always proceed with caution. Start slow, and work your way into it. Don’t set up the hybrid with too much work. It’s better to get the feel of a hybrid program, and then to add work, then it is to kill yourself and have to pull back on work.

Final Notes

Far too many younger trainees are looking for magic routines and training systems. Wendler’s 5/3/1 powerlifting system is not magic. It works if you work hard, and stick to it. Wendler’s generally needs to be run for multiple cycles, so don’t choose this routine if you’re not willing to stick with it. If you’re a younger lifter, and not sure if you’re ready for a powerlifting routine, consult more experienced lifters on the Muscle & Strength forum.

There are many heated debates about which training system is the best. Remember that the key to success on any program revolves around your drive to succeed.

Morer Push, pull , legs

Monday Legs(3-5 sets each 8-12 reps for all besides olympic lifts)
Squat
Lunges
Leg press
RDLs
Lying Leg curls
10sets 8-10 reps for calves

Tuesday Push 1(same scheme as before)
incline bbell bench
decline dbell bench
dbell or arnold press
incline fly
side lateral raise
tricep pushdown
overhead rope ext or decline skulls

Wednesday Pull 1
Snatches-4×5
weighted pull ups
barbell row
dbell row
bbell curl
preacher curl
rear delt exercise

Thursday rest

Friday Legs 2
power cleans-4×5
front squats
hack squats
dbell rdls
leg curls
10 set 8-10 reps calves

Saturday Push 2
overhead press
close grip bench
incline dbell or machine
flat bench dbell press or fly
tricep pushdown
overhead rope ext or decline skulls

Sunday Pull 2
Deadlift
T-bar rows
lat pulldowns
weighted chin ups
bbell curl
hammer curls
reverse delt exercise

rest a day then repeat

Push/Pull/Legs Split – Strength, Size and Athleticism

Reblogged from: 

BY · OCTOBER 13, 2013

One of the simplest yet rewarding routines out there is the “Push/Pull/Legs” split. It is an easy template mould which harnesses all the required criteria for a full-proof program – balanced time spent on each individual body part/movement and consistent overall training volume. It is also one of the best programs for optimal recovery, which puts it right up there.

The split is based on the idea that your body is essentially split into three parts, in terms of “movements”:

  • Push: Movements that push away from the body e.g. bench press
  • Pull: Movements that move resistance towards the centre of the body e.g. dumbbell rows
  • Legs: Any movement which targets the muscles of the legs.

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As I have said in the past, if your goal is to be athletic, or athletic and aesthetic you should train movements not muscles (http://jt9797.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/movements-not-muscles-program-included/). I favour this split over any other mainstream program for that very reason. By splitting the program up this way it allows the individual to strengthen the basic human movements required for almost all athletic activities, while also delving into the muscle building side of things. It is perfect for athletes who are looking to gain mass, especially in the off season.

Sets and Repetitions

You cannot rely on the movements alone to develop performance and muscle mass simultaneously. To build both athleticism and muscle you must tamper with the sets and repetitions ranges, as well as the exercises (we’ll look into this later). As a general rule of thumb a single session should consist of 4-6 movements (exercises) and 16-24 sets. Here are the ideal sets and repetition ranges you should perform for each exercise:

  1. Primary Exercise: focus on strength/ athletic development = 3-5 Repetitions x 3-6 Sets
  2. Main Assistance: aimed towards improving the primary exercise, again, focused on strength and athletic development with a little muscle building = 5-8 Repetitions x 4-6 Sets.
  3. Compound Mass: aimed to improve upon strength and muscle weaknesses = 6-8 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets.
  4. Mass Assistance: directed towards gaining muscle mass and strength = 8-12 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets.
  5. Mass: solely focused on muscle development and conditioning = 10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets.
  6. Mass: solely focused on muscle development and conditioning = 10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets.

As you can see we begin with strength and athletic development exercises that focus on low repetitions and heavy weight which are used to develop strength. These require the most amount of energy and technique; therefore they must be performed at the start of the session. We slowly fade into mass building parameters, focusing on slightly higher repetitions.

Exercise Selection

Exercise selection is easy – on pull day you do pulling exercises, on push day you do pushing exercises, on leg day you do leg exercises. You begin with compound movements and slowly move onto isolation movements.  Here are some exercises you could use:

Days Primary Exercise Main Assistance and Compound Mass Mass Assistance Mass
Push Bench   PressOverhead   PressPush   Press Overhead   PressBench   Press (and any variation e.g. close grip)DipsDumbbell   Bench Press

Incline   Press

Push   ups

Dumbbell   Overhead press (single or double)

Push   Press

Floor   Press

Push   upsDipsCable   fly’sFly’s

Skull   crushers

Pec   Deck

Triceps   PushdownTriceps   ExtensionPush   upsCable   fly’s

Fly’s

Dips

Lateral   raises

Pull DeadliftOlympic LiftsRack-pulls Olympic LiftsRows (any type)Chin upsPull ups

Shrugs

Rack-pulls

Pulldowns

Chin upsPull upsShrugsRow variation   (lighter)

Pulldowns

Straight arm   pushdown

Face pulls

Band-pull aparts

ScarecrowsBand-pull apartsFace pullsCurls (any arm work)
Legs SquatOlympic   LiftsDeadlift Olympic   LiftsBulgarian   Split SquatsHip   TrustsGood   mornings

Stiff-legged   deadlifts

Lunges

Step   ups

Leg   Press

Hack   Squats

Glute-ham

Raise

Box   Squats

Glute-ham   raisesPull-throughSwiss   ball leg curlReverse   hyperextensions

Lunges

Step   ups

Hip   trusts

Leg   press

 

Sled   dragsLeg   extensionsLeg   curlsGlute-ham   raises

Swiss   ball leg curl

Abdominal   work

Pulling It All Together

Why didn’t I just hand you a readymade template for you to follow? I decided to lay out the structure for a reason. Too many trainers hand out generic programs that do not meet the needs of individuals. By giving you the opportunity to pick your own exercises, repetitions, sets and training days you have the chance to make an individually moulded program that will be focused towards your own goals, take responsibility. A personalized program will always out perform a generic one.

I will lay out a ready to go program, but this is only for beginners and people who want to see what the finished product looks like. If you know what your goal is and have a basic knowledge in training, channel your program towards attaining your goal. Pick exercises that strengthen your weak areas and train how you want to train! Here we go:

Push:

  1. Primary Exercises: Bench Press (3-5 Repetitions x 3-6 Sets)
  2. Main Assistance: Dumbbell Incline Bench Press (5-8 Repetitions x 4-6 Sets)
  3. Compound Mass: Dips (6-8 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  4. Mass Assistance: Push-ups (8-12 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  5. Mass: Triceps Extensions ( 10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)
  6. Mass: Triceps Pushdowns (10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)

Pull:

  1. Primary Exercise: Deadlift (3-5 Repetitions x 3-6 Sets)
  2. Main Assistance: Dumbbell Rows (5-8 Repetitions x 4-6 Sets)
  3. Compound Mass: Chin ups (6-8 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  4. Mass Assistance: Face Pulls (8-12 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  5. Mass: Barbell Curls (10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)
  6. Mass: Hammer Curls (10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)

Legs:

  1. Primary Exercise: Squat (3-5 Repetitions x 3-6 Sets)
  2. Main Assistance: Stiff-legged Deadlifts (5-8 Repetitions x 4-6 Sets)
  3. Compound Mass: Bulgarian Split Squats (6-8 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  4. Mass Assistance: Leg Press (8-12 Repetitions x 3-5 Sets)
  5. Mass: Glute-ham Raises (10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)
  6. Mass: Weighted Abdominal Rollouts (10-15 Repetitions x 3 Sets)

Don’t get me wrong, this is a fantastic program but it will never outdo a personalized program.

3 Day a Week vs 4 Days a Week

Push/Pull/Legs can be split into a three or four day a week program:

Day 3 Days a Week 4 Days a Week
Monday Legs Legs
Tuesday Off Push
Wednesday Pull Off
Thursday Off Pull
Friday Push Off
Saturday Off Legs
Sunday Off Off
Monday Legs Push
Tuesday Off Pull
Wednesday Pull Off
Thursday Off Legs
Friday Push Off
Saturday Off Push
Sunday Off Off

Both have their benefits, if your goal is purely strength and size based or you’re going through a bulking phase, you may find the four day a week to be beneficial. However, I personally prefer the 3 day a week program as it gives athletes plenty of time to work on skills needed in their sport, as well as sprinting and other conditioning sessions, while still gaining great amounts of strength and size.

In conclusion, this is a fantastic program for people looking to gain strength and mass. I regularly use this style of program with rugby players and other contact athletes who need to gain muscle mass, while still developing athleticism.

The Cutting Primer

The Cutting Primer

Let’s get a few things straight…
1. All of the insights I’m about to provide are not person-specific. What that means is that it is a general guideline, not a bible.
2. I truly do believe that bodybuilding is 80% diet. You can lift your ass off daily, and still look horrible if you aren’t eating right.
3. You are what you eat. It’s just that simple.

The BASICS-
1.Postworkout Nutrition-
I’m a firm believer that PWO nutrition is hands down the most important aspect of dieting. It is within the 15 minutes after a workout that your body is in dire need of nutrients. It is a completely anabolic state, and what you take in can be optimized to ensure maximum results. A general rule of thumb is 40-60 grams whey protein, and double the amount of whey in carbohydrates (50% dextrose/50% maltodextrin).

2. Carbs- You are damn right, carbs. In a strict cutting diet the majority of your carbs should come in the form of PWO nutrition, and the remainder in breakfast. Fibrous veggies are a staple, but keep in mind that they don’t count towards intake, as they have negligible impacts on blood sugar levels. (Exceptions: Carrots, Peas) All high glycemic carbs outside of PWO should be avoided. The best sources of low GI carbs can be found in oatmeal and brown rice, as well as yams.

3. Protein- You need tons. 1.5-2.0 grams per pound of lean bodyweight is a good general rule of thumb. You should take in a good portion of your protein in the source of real meals, avoid intaking too many shakes, as real food comes to a better benefit. The list foods with high protein bioavailability is extensive, and I will only cover a few, (Egg whites, Lean steak, Chicken breast, the list goes on forever….).

4. Fats- Guess what? You need fat to lose fat. We are talking about the granddaddy of fats, the EFA (Essential Fatty Acid). Good sources of fat are ( Flax Oil, Nuts, Salmon, Olive Oil).

5. The separation of Carbs and Fats- This is a hotly debated issue, but again, in my opinion, an important aspect nonetheless. Remember that it is often when you eat items and with what you eat them that is more important than what you are eating. A mouthful, I know, but stay with me. Remember that when you take in certain carbs, you can spike your insulin levels. If you are taking in fats when your insulin has been spiked, you are allowing the basic laws of physiology to act out, and you allow for a higher propensity for fat storage. Separation is key. The sample diet will give a good example of how to separate them.

6. Supplements-

Glutamine: Helps prevent catabolism when cutting. Best used in dosages of 10grams daily, 5 grams before cardio, 5 grams at another interval, but not after workout as it fights for absorption with the glutamine peptides in whey.
ALA/R-ALA: Gets my supplement of the day award. R-ALA is effective in lowering the spike of insulin when certain carbs are consumed. I could give you a dissertation on the stereoentisomeric properties of the R, but all you need to know is that it has been found to shuttle carbohydrates away from adipose and into myocytes. Translation: Away from fat cells, into muscle cells. It’s a supplement, however, not a miracle worker. It’s not a crutch, and won’t do anything about fat intake. ALA and R-ALA can also aid in the expedition of the ketogenic state. Remember that if you buy R-ALA that you supplement it with Biotin. Glucorell-R is prepackaged with it. If you can afford it, go for it. As far as dosage, with the R, you are looking at 1-2 pills of Glucorell R for each 30-40grams of carb intake.
Protein and Carb Shakes: I’m not going to cover protein, because even if you can’t afford it, you should sell a kidney to get some. Carb drinks are rather convenient, and companies offer pre mixed dosages, (CarboHit, Glycoload, UltraFuel). Dextrose and Maltodextrin can be bought from most supplement stores or online.

7. Cheating- Cheating is essential. Why? Remember, the body runs on homeostasis, it likes to keep balance. After eating so well after a week, your body begins to adjust, and fat loss over time will not be as rapid. The other extremely important aspect is mental sanity. So many diets crash and fail because people don’t give themselves a chance to breath. Remember, cheating is not an opportunity for you to pillage the entire mall food court. Shoot for a cheat meal, not an all out binge. A fast food value meal can be 2,000 calories. Eat that 3 times on one day, and you’ve consumed 6,000 calories. And that’s not good in any case.

8. Cardio- Cardio and cutting usually go hand in hand. I won’t go into specifics about length, other than cardio shouldn’t be excessive. 45 minutes to one hour daily should be sufficient, and should be performed on an empty stomach.

Sample Diet:
Note: This is a sample diet for a 200 pound gentleman who is wishing to cut. We can assume his BF to be around 15%. This diet will NOT work for you if those criteria don’t apply to you; however it is easy to customize the below diet to take in account your own statistics. It is the principles that are applicable.. I am not going to post the total amount of calories, only the carb, protein and fat macros for the whole day.

Meal 1:
Lean Protein, 1/2 cup oatmeal

Meal 2:
Protein shake/Lean Protein (2 tbsp flax

Meal 3:
Veggies, Lean Protein

Workout

Meal 4:
PWO Nutrition

Meal 5:
Veggies, Lean Protein, 1/2 cup rice or oatmeal.

Meal 6:
Shake with Flax

That turns into approximately 300 grams protein, 130 grams Carbs, and 50 grams of fat.

*Reminder: This is a PRIMER. It’s not mean to be comprehensive.

Here comes the fun part: Question and Answer….

Q: What about dairy?
A: If you don’t mind a soft look, fat free cottage cheese is an excellent caseinate source, but as for milks- way too much processed sugar. NO.

Q: Should I do a keto diet?
A: Unless you are morbidly obese, or would like to drag your wilted muscles behind you, stay away from keto. Again, that’s my opinion. You can see my previous posts for my anti-keto ranting.

Q: What about cycling carb intake?
A: Obviously on non workout days you will be without a shake, so you will be auto-cycling. It works well that way.

Q: Is sodium an issue?
A: Outside of the bloating issue, or if you have high cholesterol, no.

Q. How do I make my meals not taste like cardboard?
A. Be creative. Mix in some sugar free jam or splenda in your oats, some hot sauce or soy sauce on your meats, or pick up some sugar free ketchup.

Q. I don’t like old fashioned oats. Can I eat the pre mixed oats with fruit?
A. No. Be a man. Those mixes have ridiculous amounts of sugar.

Q. What about fruit?
A: Fruit replenishes glycogen stores in the liver, and in my opinion, is not to be a staple of a strict cutting diet, with a few exceptions.

Q: Can I eat steak while cutting?
A: Definitely. Make sure it’s a leaner cut.

“Obsessed is a the word that lazy people use for dedicated.”

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