I started as USANA’s Corporate Personal Trainer and Wellness Coordinator and eventually moved to working on the product development side in Regulatory Affairs, where I have currently resided for the past two-and-a-half years…in my cubicle.
My cubicle has afforded me the opportunity to retire the more active daily lifestyle that comes with working in a gym, and my trainer’s body has retired along with it. To me this is a very embarrassing problem.
As I’ve pondered this dilemma over the past 6 months my mind recalled numerous interactions I’ve had with our USANA Associates at past conventions about how our foods/supplements benefit training for sport or even more specifically, training for dramatic body composition change.
What to Do?
So here it is! My “Aha” moment! At a minimum I am going to build a body worthy of a guest appearance on a P90X commercial, and hopefully I am going to compete in a local natural bodybuilding contest.
How am I going to do this you ask? I’m going to experiment using only USANA Nutrimeal and various supplements instead of the standard bulking agents such as protein, pro-hormones, etc.
My routine will begin very reasonably and will be tweaked as needed until I find just the right formula for success!
The Plan: Nutrition
To start things off, I will consume 2 Nutrimeal shakes per day. The first will be just after breakfast and the second will be a recovery shake immediately following my lifting session. I plan to employ a 7-meal eating pattern beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m.
Essentially, I plan to eat 500-calorie meals of “clean foods” (topic for discussion later) spread as evenly as possible throughout the day. Nutrimeal shakes will be additional calories for a total intake at around 4,000 calories per day.
The Plan: Exercise
I will begin with a 5-day split lifting routine with NO cardio. Cardio comes later in relation to my individual goals. Monday = Chest/abs, Tuesday = Back/abs, Wednesday = Legs, Thursday = Shoulders/abs, Friday = Bi/Tri’s.
For the first 6 weeks I will be in a hypertrophy phase, a reasonable 8 lifts will be performed, 3 sets/8 repetitions each. Effort should be around 80-85% of maximum.
Starting Stats (Goals)
- Weight: 176 pounds (maintain 170+ pounds)
- Body Fat Percentage: 16.5% (less than or equal to 7%)
I plan on posting regimen changes as well as progress updates/photos in the future. I really believe with the clean foods we have at USANA this feat can be accomplished and I’m going to prove it by Convention 2012!
How About You?
I’d love to hear how you are utilizing USANA products to achieve your fitness goals.