This past week I hit 7 days in a row of full body workouts. It was enjoyable for the first few workouts, but towards the end of the week I was ready for a rest day. I didn’t take one because I only had a week with Menno and didn’t want to skew from his guidelines. However I think training 7 days a week at least for me and my friends who were training with me thought as well.
I had a long week at work and my schedule shifted to 9am to 8pm. I hit the gym after work and each workout took about an hour. I finished at 9:20, cooked dinner and ate around 10PM. Took a shower had some protein pudding with peanut butter at 11:30PM and went to bed around 12:30AM. I felt like I had zero time at all and as soon as I left work at night I felt like it was a matter of minutes before I was back again. A couple of rest days during the week would have probably helped me feel like I had more time and not dread going to the gym so much.
The workout design was very interesting however. Full body everyday is a really nice setup and is doable for the long term, but would be better with rest days thrown in. It probably wouldn’t be an issue if I didn’t have a job, but 1-2 of those 4 10 hour workout days, needs a period of rest.
Diet was around 2400 calories. Some days had higher carbs of around 200grams, which is higher than I wanted, but I felt like I needed it. Fat was much higher and hit at least 90-100 grams a day. A couple things to note with diet; One food volume goes out the window with higher fat diets. I felt like I was eating more food when I was hitting 1600 calories haha. Two is that controlling calories is MUCH easier when you eat relatively unbalanced. Meaning focusing on protein and fat or protein and veggies or carbs and proteins with little fat is a lot easier to control calories then when you have carbs, fat and protein in the same meal. I noticed my meals were hitting 6-800 calories very quickly with all of the macros present and honestly after I ate I was still hungry (Think pizza – balanced overall but 3 slices has about 900 calories). Considering my food selections were whole foods I think the food reward pathway was kicking in with some of these meals and again volume was an issue. I’m a huge fan of volume and getting too many calories with very little density didn’t bode well with me.
Overall review, Menno sent me very good information and a very detailed plan. He answered my questions within the same day although some of the answers were pretty sparse. I disagree with some of the things he mentioned and could tell that some things that probably worked well with him, didn’t really work well with me. I dont think training everyday is a good idea unless the only thing you have going on during the day is sitting on the couch. Working out 4-5 days a week is much better for most people to prevent burnout and enjoy the process. Some of this guidelines were not very realistic diet wise either. Much more rigid than I thought he would be, but he’s also a model so this level of dedication is probably required. I have my own techniques that I have built up over time and I can tell Menno has done the same. Overall rating would probably be 7 out of 10.