Cause & Effect: Why You Can’t See Your Abs + 6-Week Transformation Plan


Summer is quickly approaching.

You’re ready to expose that ripped body you’ve been working tirelessly in the gym to achieve since January 1. And by now, meal prepping every week has become second nature. The beach is calling your name, and you can’t wait to reveal the sixpack hiding under your shirt.

Sound familiar? No? That’s because it’s likely that none of this is true. Somehow swimsuit season creeps up on us every year. Suddenly, you’re invited on the boat for Memorial Day, and you jump on some extreme calorie-restricted diet for one week hoping that it will magically shed those extra 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around.

Bad news: That’s not going to work.

But it’s OK. It’s almost Memorial Day. And the official start of summer is right around the corner.

If you didn’t get the hint…This is it. Time to get serious. Even if you’re killing it in the gym, you will never see a defined midsection until you get your diet in check. It’s a hassle. You don’t have time to plan…or cook…or think about it. Period.

Good news: We removed the guesswork for you.

Here are 5 reasons why you probably can’t see your abs, and here’s exactly what you’re going to do about it.

Authored By: Jon Celis

Abs are Made in the Kitchen

Abs are totally made in the kitchen! After studying nutrition for four years, I decided to earn a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. With each course that I took, it only further acknowledged that diet is truly the ultimate way to burn fat.

I have learned many fascinating things about diet and how certain foods impact the body, but there’s one key fact I want to point out: Everyone’s biochemistry is different, but nutrition, hormones and physiology will always tell the tale. Essentially you are not just what you eat, you are also what you metabolize.

There isn’t ONE healthy full-proof diet that everyone should eat; however, there are universal dietary principles everyone needs to follow if they want to lose fat and get sixpack abs. Your training can definitely assist in fat loss, but if you are eating Cheetos and drinking beer, don’t expect to look shredded and have any sort of abdominal definition

So what are these universal dietary principles? They are chemical and physiological responses to the type of foods that we eat. Think of the “cause and effect” model, whatever you eat (cause) will result in a specific response (effect).

Here are 5 Physiological Responses:

1.) Carbohydrates and sugar raise your blood sugar.
2.) Excess carbs and sugar that aren’t used for immediate energy (or converted to glycogen) are stored as FAT.
3.) High fructose corn syrup has shown to increase triglycerides (circulating blood fats) causing weight gain and increased FAT.
4.) Insulin is a lipogenic hormone, so it causes you to store FAT.
5.) Protein and dietary fat have no significant impact on raising blood sugar.

*For the record, there are biochemical individualities to consider but nonetheless, these 5 responses are true for everyone.

1. Carbohydrates and Sugar Raise Your Blood Sugar

It’s a fact that carbohydrates raise your blood sugar. These foods include: starches, grains, non-starches, legumes, fruit, refined food and sugars. Excess protein has minimal effect on blood sugar levels as long as adequate insulin is present.

Some of these foods are obviously more aggressive than others, but to put it simply, if you are not seeing your abs, then there is a pretty good chance you are eating a diet that’s raising your blood sugar.

Look at your midsection, then look at your diet. You will see just how well or not you are controlling your blood sugar.

2. Unused Carbs and Sugar are Immediately Stored as FAT

Your body metabolizes carbohydrates and sugar in it’s most simple form, glucose. In short, glucose is stored in two places (1) your liver and (2) your muscles. The storage form of glucose is called glycogen. Unfortunately you only have limited storage space, so any excess metabolized sugar will have nowhere to go. But it’s got to go somewhere, so it gets converted to fat.

This happens because high levels of free glucose in the blood are toxic so your body is actually trying to help you by storing it as fat. However, unlike glycogen, your body will continue to store fat and eventually, it’ll turn into love handles and muffin tops.

3. High fructose corn syrup has shown to increase triglycerides causing weight gain and increased FAT.

It is true that your body can metabolize and handle low doses of HFCS. This however, is only true with high level athletes and not the average mom, dad, or weekend warrior. Elite athletes are at another level in terms of fuel utilization and metabolism. It has been shown that athletes can tolerate some HFCS and, in turn, utilize it as energy, but exercise physiologists can’t really agree on the exact dosage for athletes to use.

However, HFCS has NO nutritional value for your body, so why consume it? HFCS is a manmade toxic substrate that will only get metabolized by the liver as fat. This newly converted fat can fatten up your liver or be stored subcutaneously as body fat. It is found in many processed foods, sport drinks, juices, and energy bars. Avoid it at all costs.

4. Insulin is a Lipogenic Hormone

Insulin is the hormone responsible for stabilizing blood sugar. When you eat any type of carb, insulin is secreted via the pancreas. Insulin’s role is to remove glucose from your bloodstream. Basically, insulin binds to your cell membrane, activates “glucose transporters” within that cell, ultimately allowing glucose to come into the cell.

The more carbs you eat, the more you start to desensitize your cells and your cells get worse at hearing insulin’s signals. When this happens, glucose stays in your bloodstream longer and has nowhere to go. Excess glucose is converted into fat.

Bottom line: Don’t over-stress insulin secretion. Your cells’ receptors like to work part time, and you will piss them off if you start trying to make them work overtime. I recommend eating non-starchy vegetables as your main source of carb consumption because they have the least impact on stimulating insulin.

5. Protein and Dietary Fat Has No Significant Impact on Blood Sugar

In terms of blood sugar, both protein and fat have an insignificant relationship with raising blood sugar. Carbohydrates and sugar are the MAIN culprits. Protein will convert into glucose, but ONLY when it is consumed in the absence of glucose in the diet.

6-Week Transformation Diet Plan

Diet Plan Authored By: Liv Langdon

The truth is, there is more than one diet approach to achieving your ultimate lean self. Every body is unique and responds differently to ‘successful’ diets. The two most important factors in determining which one will work best for you are sustainability and consistency.

The macronutrients are laid out for you once you plug in your individual factors here. You have options. Use those daily macronutrient numbers as goals for the day and use a food tracker like MyFitnessPal to plug in what you eat each day.

The end result is to simply hit those numbers on a daily basis. This allows for more flexibility. We know this is a hassle, so we laid out a detailed nutrition plan below based on your daily caloric intake.

Do: follow the guidelines, eat nutrient-dense food, utilize the substitution guides and vary your food, eat when you’re hungry and drink water.

Don’t: eat processed foods, get obsessed with numbers, over think the number of meals per day, nor be too concerned with nutrient timing.

Give yourself six weeks of maximum effort, and watch your body transform.

1,600-1,800 Calorie Meal Plan

Meal 1: 40g protein | 25g carbohydrates | 15g fat

Protein: 5 egg whites, 1 whole egg
Fat: from yolk, 1 tbsp almond butter
Carbohydrate: ½ cup oatmeal (optional: ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk)

Meal 2: 35g protein | 28g carbohydrates | 20g fat

Protein: 4-5 oz lean protein
Fat: ½ avocado (if salmon or lean beef, no avocado)
Carbohydrate: 4 oz sweet potato, 6-10 spears asparagus

Meal 3: 35g protein | 5g carbohydrates | 25g fat

Protein: 4-ounce any lean protein
Fat: 1 tbsp olive oil, balsamic, 1 tbsp crushed walnuts
Carbohydrate: mixed greens, added veggies

Flex Meal: 35g protein | 34g carbohydrates | 11g fat

(post-workout shake; rearrange to fit your workout schedule)
Protein: whey protein isolate shake
Fat: 1 tbsp chia, mix with 1c unsweetened non-dairy milk
Carbohydrate: 1 cup berries, ¼ cup oats

Total Daily Macros: 145g protein | 95g carbs | 72g fat

2,000-2,200 Calorie Meal Plan

Meal 1: 42g protein | 32g carbohydrates | 25g fat

Protein: 6 egg whites, 2 whole eggs
Fat: from yolk, 1 tbsp. peanut butter
Carbohydrate: ¾ cup (dry measurement) oatmeal, ½ cup berries

Meal 2: 50g protein | 38g carbohydrates | 17g fat

Protein: 7-ounce lean protein source
Fat: 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 slice of uncured, nitrate-free bacon
Carbohydrate: 6-ounce sweet potato, ½ – 1 cup vegetables

Meal 3: 61g protein | 36g carbohydrates | 30g fat

Protein: 7-ounce fat protein source
Fat: naturally in the protein sources; if a lean protein source, make sure to add ½ avocado OR approx. 15-18g fat from the fat substitutes in the table below (i.e. handful of nuts, 2 tbsp. olive oil or grass-fed butter)
Carbohydrate: 1 cup quinoa, 1 cup vegetables

Flex Meal: 37g protein | 41g carbohydrates | 14g fat

(post-workout shake; rearrange to fit your workout schedule)
Protein: whey isolate protein powder (equivalent to 35g protein)
Fat: 2 tbsp. all-natural nut butter, 1 tbsp. chia seed, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Carbohydrate: ½ cup berries, ½ banana, ½ cup spinach

Total Daily Macros: 190g protein | 147g carbs | 86g fat

2,500 Calorie Meal Plan

Meal 1: 55g protein | 50g carbohydrates | 25g fat

Protein: 8 egg whites, 2 whole eggs
Fat: from yolk, 1 tbsp. peanut butter
Carbohydrate: 1 cup (dry measurement) oatmeal, ½ cup berries

Meal 2: 55g protein | 45g carbohydrates | 35g fat

Protein: 8-ounce lean protein source
Fat: 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 slice of uncured, nitrate-free bacon
Carbohydrate: 6-ounce sweet potato, ½ cup green beans

Meal 3: 60g protein | 45g carbohydrates | 15g fat

Protein: 8-ounce fat protein source
Fat: in the protein sources; if poultry, add ½ avocado OR approx. 18-22g fat from the sources below (i.e. handful of nuts, 2 tbsp. olive oil or grass-fed butter)
Carbohydrate: 1 cup quinoa, 1 cup veggie

Flex Meal: 55g protein | 30g carbohydrates | 25g fat

(post-workout shake; rearrange to fit your workout schedule)
Protein: whey isolate protein powder (equivalent to 35g protein)
Fat: 2 tbsp. all-natural nut butter, 1 tbsp. chia seed, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Carbohydrate: ½ cup berries, ½ banana, ½ cup spinach

Total Daily Macros: 225g protein | 175g carbs | 100g fat

Substitution Guide

Lean Protein Substitutes

Lean protein substitutes Fat protein substitutes
(counts as fat + protein source)
Most white fish & shellfish (wild caught or sustainably farm raised if possible) Fattier fish like salmon, sardines, rainbow trout, catfish, mackerel, herring (wild caught or sustainably farm raised if possible)
Turkey (extra lean & lean; ground or breast) Turkey legs, thighs, sausage and bacon (greater than 15% fat)
Egg whites Whole eggs with yolk (pasture-raised, organic-fed hens if possible)
Bison, buffalo Steak (lean, ground or cuts)
Pork tenderloin Pork chops, bacon (nitrate-free, uncured)
Wild game: wild deer, venison, elk, goat, rabbit Duck
Organs: tripe, kidneys, liver, brain
Bone marrow
Protein powders (food source is always better, but have on hand in case. It’s better to have rather than skipping meals.):
  • Whey isolate (undenatured sourced from grass-fed cows when possible)
  • Egg white
  • Sprouted brown rice
  • Pea
  • Hemp

Carbohydrate Substitutes

Carbohydrate substitutes, approximate serving size Vegetable substitutes, unlimited
Potato (starch),
4 oz. cooked
  • Red skin potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Yams
Lettuce and Leaves
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Romaine
  • Turnip greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Endive
  • Bok choy
  • Beet greens
Rice, ½ cup cooked
  • Parboiled rice
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Forbidden (black) rice
  • White rice (OK in moderation, but not as nutrient dense as alternatives)
Squash
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut squash
  • Acorn squash
Ancient Grains, ½ cup cooked
  • Quinoa
  • Freekeh
  • Farro
Cruciferous
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Watercress
  • Arugula
Oats, ½ cup dry measurement
  • Whole rolled oats
  • Steel-cut oats
  • Gluten-free oats
Nightshades
  • Eggplant
  • Pepper
  • Mushroom
  • Tomato
Sprouted Grain Bread Products
  • Bread, tortilla, English muffin
  • (Often found in freezer aisle of grocery)
Bulb and Stem vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Onion
Fruit
  • Grapefruit & orange, 1 whole
  • All berries, ½ cup
  • Apples, 1 whole
  • Bananas (in moderation; more sugar than other fruits; best for pre- or post-workout fuel)
  • Tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, passion fruit, etc.), ⅓ cup
  • Melon, ⅓ cup
  • Dried, unsweetened fruit (goji berries, cranberries, prunes, etc.), approx. ¼ cup
  • Apples, 1 whole
  • Tart cherry juice, no sugar added
  • Jams, jellies (no cane sugar added)
Root vegetables
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Turmeric root
  • Celery root
  • Beets
Legumes (with higher carbohydrate concentration)
  • Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • Black beans
  • Cannellini Beans
Legumes
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Bean sprouts
  • Soybeans (always non-GMO)
Natural sweeteners
  • Honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen (local, raw, unfiltered)
  • Maple syrup (Grade B)
  • Coconut nectar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Lucuma

Fat Substitutes

Fat substitutes*, equivalent to approximately 1 serving size
*Note, there is high naturally occurring fat in red meat (beef, bison, pork), certain fish varieties (i.e., salmon, trout, sardines) and dark meat poultry (i.e., chicken thigh, turkey legs, etc.)
Nuts, ¼ cup
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes, meat, flour
Non-cooking oils, 1-2 tbsp.
Seeds, 2 tbsp.
  • Chia seed
  • Flaxseed (buy ground, grind at home or blend into shakes; your body cannot digest whole flax seeds)
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Sunflower seed
  • Hemp seed
Cooking oils, 1-2 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil
    (best for drizzling, low heat smoke point)
  • Unrefined, cold-filtered, pure coconut oil
    (best for light sauteing)
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Ghee
Egg yolk, 1-2 yolks Avocado, ¼ – ½ cup
Cheese (Note: the harder the cheese, the lesser the fat concentration), 1 oz.
  • Parmesan, Reggiano, Mozzarella
  • Feta, Swiss Cheese, Raw, Gruyere
  • Cheddar, Jack, Blue and Goat Cheese
  • Brie
Butter, 1-2 tbsp.
  • Coconut butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Butter from milk from grass-fed cows
  • Clarified butter, ghee

Probiotic-rich Foods


Probiotic-rich foods that should always be included in your diet, classification
Yogurt, Greek or Skyr, 2% to full fat Protein, fat and carbohydrate.
Cultured Vegetables (Sauerkraut, kimchi) Vegetable (Carbohydrate)
Kombucha tea Vegetable (Carbohydrate)
Kefir Protein, fat and carbohydrate
Raw cheese Fat

Extras & Condiments

Extras & Condiments, unlimited Liquids
Dried spices Water (very important for weight loss, fat loss, digestion, nutrient absorption, prevents bloating, flushes toxins, hydrates your internal organs.)
Fresh herbs Unsweetened tea
Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt Coffee
Mustard (no added high fructose corn syrup) Non-dairy milk, unsweetened (limit soy milk)
Hot sauce 100% pure coconut or maple water (never “from concentrate”)
Ketchup, no sugar added Low-sugar Kombucha tea
(for probiotic content, good strong gut health, nutrient absorption, digestion, strong immune system.)
Flavor-enhancers
  • Stevia (powder, liquid)
  • Unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
Apple cider vinegar (unsweetened apple cider drinks)

8 Rules of Thumb

1. Every meal should contain a protein.

2. At least two of your meals should contain a healthy fat source.

3. Eat at least three meals with a carbohydrate.

4. Eat at least three meals with a serving or more of vegetables.

5. Incorporate a probiotic-rich food into your daily meal plan to constantly supply your gut with beneficial gut flora. This will help everything from ease of digestion to maximizing nutrient absorption to building a stronger immune system.

6. Eat every three to four hours or as little as every two hours. This is unless you are following a form of Intermittent Fasting (I.F.), which involves fasting for a period of the day or week and eating only during a specific period of time. I don’t recommend I.F. for those of you who are starving as soon as you wake up or simply enjoy eating. However, it can be a successful approach for certain individuals who don’t enjoy eating in the morning and are consistently leading an I.F.-style diet on a regular basis.

7. Drink at least ¾ gallon of water per day. This helps flush out toxins, aids in digestion, nutrient absorption, essentially all cellular functions and release ketones (if on a lower-carb diet) that may build up in the blood.

8. When dining out, try to stick with the following forms of food preparation:

● Baked
● Boiled
● Grilled
● Steamed
● Pan seared
● Lightly sautéed

6 Week Transformation Workout Plan

Workout Created By: Shane Heins

The first 4 weeks will focus on building a foundation of strength using only bodyweight exercises. Incorporated are exercises designed to make your body both more durable and injury resistant. You’ll also build a base to increase your cardio capacity.

You will be walking at the end of each workout, as well as on your “non-workout” days. Don’t underestimate the powerful benefits of walking as a means to create a transformation and working towards more intense cardio training.

6-Week Schedule Overview:

Week 1 UB + Walk LB + Run Walk Core + Walk UB + Run Walk Rest
Week 2 UB + Walk LB + Run Walk Core + Walk UB + Run Walk Rest
Week 3 LB + Run Core + Walk UB + Run Core + Walk LB + Run Walk Rest
Week 4 UB + Run Core + Walk LB + Run Core + Walk UB + Run Walk Rest
Week 5 UB + Run LB + Walk Core + Run UB + Run LB + Walk Run Rest
Week 6 UB + Run LB + Walk Core + Run UB + Run LB + Walk Run Rest

*Key:

UB = Upper Body Workout
LB = Lower Body Workout
Core = Core Workout
Walk = Walking
Run = Running

Week #1 Workout

– Upper Body Workout –


Rest 2 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Push Up x 30 sec.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Mountain Climber x 30 sec.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Negative Pull Up x 30 sec.

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 2 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Squat x 30 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Static Side Lunge x 30 sec.
A4: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Reverse Lunge x 30 sec.

– Core Workout –

Rest 2 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Plank on Hands x 30 sec.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Side Plank on Elbows x 15 sec/side.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Hollow Body Plank x 30 sec.

– Walk –

x4 in Week 1

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 20 min. Moderate Pace

– Run –

x2 in Week 1

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 10 min. Moderate Pace

Week #2 Workout

– Upper Body Workout –


Rest 1 min 30 sec/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Push Up x 40 sec.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Mountain Climber x 40 sec.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Negative Pull Up x 40 sec.

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 1 min 30 sec/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Squat x 40 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Static Side Lunge x 40 sec.
A4: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Reverse Lunge x 40 sec.

– Core Workout –

Rest 2 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Plank on Hands x 40 sec.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Side Plank on Elbows x 20 sec/side.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Hollow Body Plank x 40 sec.

– Walk –

x4 in Week 2

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 30 min. Moderate Pace

– Run –

x2 in Week 2

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 15 min. Moderate Pace

Week #3 Workout

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 1 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Squat x 45 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Side Lunge x 45 sec.
A4: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Forward/Reverse Lunge x 45 sec.

– Core Workout –

Rest 1 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Alternating Hands to Elbow Plank x 45 sec.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Side Plank on Elbows x 30 sec/side.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Superman Hold x 45 sec.

– Upper Body Workout –

Rest 1 min/set, x 5 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Narrow Push Up x 45 sec.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Mobile Table x 40 sec.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Push Up Hold @ Top x 45 sec.

– Walk –

x3 in Week 2

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 20 min. Fast Pace

– Run –

x3 in Week 2

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 20 min. Moderate Pace

Week #4 Workout

– Upper Body Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Pike Push Up x 1 min.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Wide Push Up Isometric x 30 sec.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Pull Up Hold @ Half x 1 min.

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Squat Jump x 30 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Compass Lunge (N,E,S,W,N, Reverse) x 2 min.
A4: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Static Lunge/ Jump Switch Lunge (Reps on left, jump switch to right, Rep on right, jump switch on left, repeat) x 3 reps / Jump Switch x 1 min

– Core Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1:Twist & Knee Sit x 1 min.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Elbow Plank (Side/Front/Side) x 1 min/side.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Bird Dog x 1 min.

– Walk –

x2 in Week 5

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 30 min. Fast Pace

– Run –

x4 in Week 5

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 20 min. Moderate Pace: 45 sec @ Mod/30 sec @ Fast

Week #5 Workout

– Upper Body Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Pike Push Up x 1 min.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Wide Push Up Isometric x 30 sec.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Pull Up Hold @ Half x 1 min.

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Squat Jump x 30 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Compass Lunge (N,E,S,W,N, Reverse) x 2 min.
A4: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Static Lunge/ Jump Switch Lunge (Reps on left, jump switch to right, Rep on right, jump switch on left, repeat) x 3 reps / Jump Switch x 1 min

– Core Workout –

Rest 45 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Twist & Sit Knee x 1 min.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Elbow Plank (Side/Front/Side) x 1 min/side.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Bird Dog x 1 min.

– Walk –

x2 in Week 5

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 30 min. Fast Pace

– Run –

x4 in Week 5

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 20 min. Moderate Pace: 45 sec @ Mod/30 sec @ Fast

Week #6 Workout

– Upper Body Workout –

Rest 30 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Hindu Push Up x 1 min.
A2: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A3: Side Step Wide Push Up x 1 min.
A4: Mobile Kneeling Arm Thread x 30 sec.
A5: Pull Up x Max -1.

– Lower Body Workout –

Rest 30 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: https://www.onnit.com/academy/bodyweight-jump-squat/ x 30 sec.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A3: Compass Lunge (N,E,S,W,N, Reverse) x 2 min.
A2: Shinbox Switch x 30 sec.
A5: Static Lunge/ Jump Switch Lunge (Reps on left, jump switch to right, Rep on right, jump switch on left, repeat) x 2 reps / Jump Switch x 1 min

– Core Workout –

Rest 30 sec/set, x 6 sets

Exercise Protocol
A1: Twist & Sit Knee x 1 min.
A2: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A3: Alternating Elbow Plank (Side/Front/Side) x x1 min.
A4: Lying Spinal Roll x 30 sec.
A5: Alternating Bird Dog x 1 min.

– Walk –

x2 in Week 6

Exercise Protocol
B1: Walk 30 min. Fast Pace

– Run –

x4 in Week 6

Exercise Protocol
B1: Run 20 min. Pace: 30 sec @ Mod/30 sec @ Fast

Putting It All Together

Don’t kid yourself. Look at your diet. You can train all you want, but unless you are eating a diet that triggers the right metabolic and hormonal responses, you’ll be running in circles trying to get those abs.

I have seen clients and trainees make the same mistake over and over again. Don’t let this be you. Now you know. There’s no escaping the “cause and effect” of eating the wrong types of foods.

Eat pure, my friends!

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