Q: Brian, I’m 39, trained
with weights for sports in high school and later joined a gym for a couple of
years. I’ve got a family and job but I try to play softball once a week during
the summer and jog whenever I get motivated. Now, I’m approaching 40 and I want
to get back in shape again. I’d describe myself as "muscularly average +",
about ten pounds overweight with some remaining muscle. What should I do?
A: Tom, It doesn’t matter if
you are a bodybuilder, powerlifter, collegiate or professional athlete, or like
most people, just a "amily guy with a job who plays softball occasionally,
runs if you feel up to it, and needs to drop 10 lbs of fat and maybe put on a
few lbs of muscle"—my answer is going to be pretty much the same. There are
two keys to achieving fat loss and muscle gain.
1.Eat an absolute minimum of 4, and preferably 6 or even 7 good, clean
meals every day.
2. Train on a consistent schedule whether at the gym or home. Set a time
and train – no excuses.
Now, before I go further, I need you to understand one
thing. At least half of my clients are not physique competitors (bodybuilding,
bikini, or figure). So, I’ve tended to write most of my articles to address the
"average guy". But, I realized that I what prescribe (diet, exercise,
supplements) for the average guy is not much different than what I prescribe to
the competitor. If it works, it works, right?
Yes, competitors do take it to the next level, reducing
bodyfat to a crazy low percentage for that one day on stage, but other than
that, everything else you must do to get in your best shape is pretty similar.
The biggest difference I’ve seen is competitors make it a priority to take the
information I give them and make it part of their lifestyle. Whereas, not all
average people do so.
We competitors have no choice. We’ve made a commitment to get
on stage wearing nothing more than some fancy "tighty whities"! Find your own
personal source of motivation, Tom. Do you have an upcoming vacation? Or, on a
serious note, maybe heart disease is prevalent in your family and you want to
live to see your grandkids? Whatever it is, keep reminding yourself of it when
you are tempted to skip training, or even a scheduled meal.
Here’s an outline of what you need to do to be your best.
Commit to a consistent 60 days. I promise if you’ll stick with it for 60 days,
it will become a habit. No, it’s never easy, but it will become easier!
Just stick to it 100% and get past those first sixty days.
I. COMPETITORS DON’T MISS MEALS.
Competitors take the time once a week to prepare their food
for the week. They understand that being prepared is critically important. When
it is time to eat, the last thing they want to do is grill chicken or beef, or
fry egg whites. Instead, they want to open the fridge, pull out their food,
warm it up in the microwave, and eat.
Competitors make sure they have shaker cups, almonds,
protein, beef jerky, supplements, and water bottles, at work, at home, in their
gym bag, car, etc. Eating a meal or having a shake every 2.5-3.5 hours is
vital. It keeps us in a consistent anabolic state. Competitors make it a priority
to eat up to 6 or 7 quality meals each day.
Don’t stop reading! I know the issues you are having with
this one. My personal clients have the same initial response. "How in the
world will I be able to make that much food"? "Where am I going to find the
time to eat all this? "How am I going to afford 6-7 meals a day"? "Won’t this
much food make me fat?" "I just want to lose some fat, not gain it!"
These are all valid questions. I’m going to work through
them with you and show you how to save time in preparing and eating those
meals, and just as important, how to make your nutrition program very affordable.
The first thing you’ll need is a grocery list (email me at [email protected] and I will
send you the grocery list that I share with my clients). Being prepared
starts with having the right foods to prepare. Get rid of the junk in your
kitchen, and replace it with the foods on the list.
Next, get a shaker cup. One I really like is called the Blender Bottle™. You can order them
online, or get them at your local GNC or Whole Foods. I’ve been pondering carrying
them on my website, so check out www.wiefit.com to see if I have them
by the time this article is released. And, get three of them while you’re
at it, one each for your gym bag, office, and home.
Pick a few hours one day a
week and prepare your foods. Make all of your meat, brown rice,
sweet potato’s etc. Make as much as you can store for a week so that you
can just heat them up when you are ready to eat. If you want to make
things even easier, get Glad containers and store each meal in its own
container. For example, put 8 ounces of marinated chicken breast, 3/4ths
cup of cooked brown rice, and ¼ cup of almonds in the container. When
it’s meal time, just pop it in the microwave for a minute or two, and
Be prepared for an
emergency meal when you least expect it. If you open the center
console in my car, you’ll find a few bags of beef jerky, a container of
almonds, a piece of fruit, etc. And under my seat, you’ll find a clean
shaker cup, bottled water, and a jug of UMP. There’s is no excuse to miss
a meal. Always be prepared. It really doesn’t take much time—just set
aside a few hours once a week.
Save money and time. Let’s
face it. Eating healthy isn’t cheap. So, I’m going to show you how you
can make it a lot less expensive. First, you’ve got to come to grips with
the fact that 5-7 smaller meals a day is non negotiable if you want to
lose your fat and increase muscle. There are no ifs, ands, or buts
about it. This is just the way our bodies have been designed to lose fat
and gain muscle. Now that we agree on this, lets also agree that it’s very
time consuming and expensive to prepare and eat 6 whole food meals each
day. That’s where Beverly’s UMP, Muscle Provider, and/or Mass Maker come
What if I could tell you that three of
your six meals will take less than one minute to prepare, less than one minute
to eat (drink), and only a few dollars…Well, things just got better, didn’t
they?! With this being said Tom, you have got to get this into your head, BEVERLY’S
PROTEINS ARE NOT AN EXTRA THAT YOU CAN DO WITHOUT; THEY ARE PART OF YOUR
GROCERY BILL—PERIOD. They’ll save you money and time, and there’s
not much better than saving money or time (except hitting a most muscular on
stage!!). In fact, with this struggling economy, if you want to get into shape
and save money, then you should be stocking up on Beverly Proteins—it’s about
as inexpensive high quality meal as you will find!
I have listed a typical diet
template in a side bar accompanying this article.
This will show you how shakes
and foods work together to give you the meals you need!
Invest in other supplements besides your proteins.
Tom, do you want to get there faster? Do you want to look your best? Do
you want to actually enjoy working out—I mean enjoy it to the point of
loving it?! If so, you’ll want to add these Beverly supplements pre
workout. Take two 7-KetoMusclean, 2 scoops of UP-LIFT, 1 scoop of Creatine
Select plus Phosphates, and 1 scoop of Glutamine Select plus BCAAs 20
minutes prior to your workout.
About 10 minutes into your workout,
take another scoop of UP-LIFT, Creatine and Glutamine Select. I’m telling you,
you’ll feel so energetic and strong, you’ll never want to workout again without
them. Really Tom, if you are going to spend 4-5 hours working out each week,
why not enjoy it? Why not get the best return for your efforts when it comes to
fat loss and muscle gain, and feel just... GREAT?!
Your supplements like your training
have to become part of your lifestyle. Now I know I told you that the protein
powders save you money. But I’m going to be straight with you here, these other
supplements aren’t going to save you money. But, if you really want to achieve
your goals, then find a way to make it happen.
Here are some possible places you
can save to pay for the supplements that are going to help you burn the fat and
gain muscle. Let me ask you Tom, how many beers are you drinking when you play
softball? How about cutting back on those (that not only will put money in
your wallet, but it will also help you lose a few inches in the belly). Are
you stopping to get coffee each day and paying a meals’ worth of food on a cup
of coffee? Why don’t you make your coffee at home and save $30-$50 a month
just on that alone? Skip the appetizers and dessert when you eat out—again, you’ll
save money and inches on your belly!
Tom, we can all find ways to cut back. Again, these are
the things that competitors do that a large amount of my average Joe clients
have decided to do as well. That’s why these average Joe’s have achieved incredible
II. COMPETITORS DON’T MISS WORKOUTS
Now let’s talk about the other part of getting in shape—your
workouts. Just as competitors make it a priority to always get their meals in,
we also make it a priority to get our workouts in. I personally schedule
clients from 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9am until about 1pm
on Friday. But, if you were to look at my appointment book, you will see that
I scratch off the hours from 1:30-3:30 Monday through Friday. That gives me
enough time to get to the gym, workout for about an hour and 15 minutes, get
back home to have my post workout shake, and then resume my meetings with
There are no exceptions to this block out. I simply will
not schedule clients during that time. Tom, you need to find the time that
works best for you. Maybe it’s before work, during lunch, or evenings.
Whenever it is, just block it out in your appointment book, and make no
Just as I have given you a guideline on how to make the
nutrition part work, I will do the same for your workouts.
at least three days a week. Remember, consistency is key. Four days a
week is best for me, but I tell my clients to let three be the minimum, and five
be the maximum. Yes, there is a maximum.
a variety of exercises and set and rep schemes. Tom, have your ever
seen those guys in the gym who go straight to the barbell bench press, then to
dumbbell curls—workout after workout. Have you noticed that their physiques
never change? Well, that’s because their bodies have adapted to the same
workout day in and day out. I know what I’m about to say sounds a little
crazy; and maybe I’m on the extreme side of this, but I love to be sore. I
love to know that I’ve broken down muscle tissue to its fullest (so I can feed
it more proteins for growth!). I rarely do the same workout twice. For
example, whatever I do today for shoulders, I’ll do something different next
shoulder day. It may be different exercises or a different set or rep scheme,
sure you take your supplements in a timely manner. Tom, if you are
going to take the time out of your day to drive to the gym, workout, and drive
back home, then let’s make sure you are getting the most out of it. I want to
make sure that my energy levels are at their highest. That’s why I take a scoop
or two of UP-LIFT and two 7-Keto MuscLEAN before hand. Let’s make sure your
strength levels are at their highest. That’s why I take my Creatine Select.
Let’s make sure we are feeding our muscles the necessary amino acids to keep
from burning our muscle up for energy. That’s why I take Glutamine Select plus BCAAs,
along with Mass or Density. And let’s not lift on empty. So that’s why I
drink my pre workout shake of Muscle Provider about 30-45 minutes prior to my
Tom, along with a diet template, I’ve attached a four day
workout template, too.
In conclusion, I hope that I’ve helped you, and not
overwhelmed you. Just reread this guideline a few times and remember to do
your absolute best in sticking to this regime for 60 days. In doing so, it
will become habit; you will love the results; and it will then become a part of
Nutrition and Supplement Template for Tom who is 39 years of age, wants to
regain muscle while at the same time losing fat.
Always move Pre and Post Workout shakes around your workout—if you workout
first thing in the morning, then meal four listed below would be meal one for
you on workout days.
MEAL 4 – PRE WORKOUT
– POST WORKOUT
oatmeal, or ¼ cup brown rice, or 1-2 rice cakes.
Non Workout Days
12-16 oz. water
healthy fat source
"GO TO MEAL Use this meal when hunger or
sugar cravings are intense:
UMP, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter – blend with ice and just enough cold water
to make a nice milkshake consistency. Drink this through a straw SLOWLY (so
brain coordinates with stomach).
WORKOUT PROGRAM TEMPLATE
Chest and Back
Day 3: Shoulders
Bi’s and Tri’s
-- Do abs
twice a week with any of the above workouts
-- Do Cardio
for 25 minutes (HIIT TRAINING) two or three days a week after weights or on off
days. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. I want you to do a
3-4 minute warm-up, then a pace of 80-90% effort for 30 seconds, 50% effort for
1 minute, 90% for 30 seconds, 50% for 1 minute…continue for the rest of the 25
workout more than three days in a row without a day of rest. Note: Don’t
workout the same body part more than once in a one week period.
Pick 3 exercises
each for back and chest. Do 5 sets of 8 (with two warm-up
sets), or 4 sets of 10, or a pyramid set of 5 x 12, 10, 8, 10, 12 for each
exercise. Don’t do the same exercise the following week. Choose three
different exercises for each part the following week.
exercises for quads and 2 exercises for hamstrings. Do 4 sets
of 15 reps each exercise, or 3 sets of 20 reps each exercise (make sure you do
one or two warm up sets also).
for calves.Do 5 sets of 20, or 4 sets of 30, or 3 sets of
40-and rotate the exercise each calf workout. Note: ignore the burn and work
Press Movements -- Pick one press movement do 5 x 10, or 4 x 12 reps or a
pyramid set of 5 x 12, 10, 8, 10, 12 for each exercise (always do a warm-up
Raises -- Do one exercise for sides, one for front, and one for rear each
workout. Do 3 sets of 12 each exercise.
c. Traps -- Choose one exercise and perform 5 sets of 12 reps or 4 sets of 15 reps.
exercises for tri’s and 2 exercises for bi’s each workout. Do 4
sets of 10 (with one warm-up set), or 5 sets of 12 each exercise. Don’t do the
same exercises the following week, choose two different ones.
exercises for 5 sets of 15 reps, or 4 sets of 25 reps, or 3 sets of 50 reps.