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The Ultimate Female Training Guide: Specific, Proven Methods to Get Lean And Sexy

The primary concern women have when it comes to weight training is, “I don’t want to get big or bulky.” We are here to tell you that you won’t!

The Testosterone Story

The hormone testosterone is responsible for the large increases in muscle mass seen when men lift weights. Women’s testosterone levels are a fraction of men’s testosterone levels. Normal testosterone levels in men are 200-1200 ng/dl while 15-70 ng/dl are normal in women. As you can see, men’s testosterone levels are SIGNIFICANTLY higher than women’s. Even if a man is at the LOW end of the men’s normal testosterone range (200 ng/dl), he still has more than twice the amount of testosterone as a woman at the HIGH end of the women’s normal testosterone range (70 ng/dl). If we look at the median or mid-range testosterone levels in men and women, men = 700 and women = 42.5. So on an average, men have 16.47 times more testosterone than women! It is clear that women do not have the hormonal support (testosterone) to gain muscle mass like men. Therefore, the fear of becoming big and bulky and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a ponytail is unwarranted.

What about the female bodybuilders?

Now you may be saying, “I have seen some female bodybuilders who are very muscular and look similar to men in their build.” The real reason they look like that is they are most-likely using exogenous testosterone injections and/or other anabolic steroids. When women use exogenous testosterone/steroids they may show signs of hair growth on the face and chest, increased muscle mass, a redistribution of body fat from a female pattern of storage to a male pattern of storage, deepening of the voice, and other effects. The point of saying this is that unless you are on exogenous testosterone or other anabolic steroids, you will not become big and bulky from lifting weights.

This is not to say that you will not gain any muscle, you will, but you will not gain muscle like a man. Instead, you will become toned and shapely.

Research & Studies

Studies have shown that men and women do not need to train differently.

If you are a woman and want to gain muscle and improve your shape and curves, then you are going to have to lift heavy weights. This means that instead doing endless reps with light weights, as the media often prescribes women to do, you need to lift some heavy weights and really challenge yourself! While performing high rep sets (15-20 reps) does have some benefit, it is not optimal to adding muscle mass.

Here is a very vague overview of rep ranges:

  • 1-5 reps = Strength
  • 6-12 = Hypertrophy
  • 12+ = Endurance

That is very superficial overview of rep ranges as there is a lot of crossover of adaptations between rep ranges. For example, many people grow lifting solely in the 1-5 rep range and 12+ rep range. But it gives you an idea of the weight you need to lift to grow; a weight that you can complete for at least 6 reps but not more than 12 reps.

Diet & Nutrition

Men and women do not need to train differently to see results, but what about diet? Should women eat differently than men? Not really. Men’s and women’s metabolisms are very similar except that women burn a greater ratio of fat to carbs than men. This may be one of the reasons women do well on lower carb diets. The main thing that needs to be adjusted is one’s total caloric intake. Women need fewer calories than men because men have more muscle mass and less fat (relative to total bodyweight) than women. The amount of protein, carbs, and fat will be dictated by the amount of calories one eats.

We have shown that women do not need to train or diet much differently than men. Then why do we always see women in gym performing hours of cardio and lifting the lightest dumbbells in the gym for endless reps?

This is most-likely due to not being informed, or even misinformed (by the media), about how women should train. What about diet? One of the most common breakfast meals recommended to women is yogurt and a banana. Now there is nothing wrong with eating a yogurt and banana, but where is the protein and essential fatty acids? If you are a woman trying to gain lean muscle, you will need to eat adequate protein and good fats (essential fatty acids). It is time to stop listening to the media and misinformed individuals and time to become educated and get results. In this article, we will go over some basic diet and training information and then direct you to where YOU can get diet and training help and direction!

Dieting for Women — General Guidelines

Before we get into the recommended diets for women trying to lose fat and gain lean muscle, let’s go over some general diet guidelines.

Calorie Control

The biggest factor in a diet is calories in versus calories out; your total calories will determine if you lose or gain weight. Eating too many calories will lead to fat gain. But if you don’t eat enough calories you will not gain lean muscle. Setting a target calorie intake and counting the amount of calories you eat each day is vital to losing fat and gaining lean muscle.

Macronutrient Manipulation

While your total caloric intake is the most important diet factor, the ratio of protein to carbs to fat can dictate whether the weight you gain/lose is muscle or fat. A diet that contains 80% of calories from carbs, 10% from protein, and 10% from fat will produce different results than a diet containing 40% of calories from carbs, 40% from protein, and 20% from fat.

Stay Hydrated

You should drink plenty of water every day. Try to drink at least eight glasses (or 64 oz.) of water per day. The benefits drinking water provides are optimal hydration as well as a feeling of “fullness” without added calories. Sometimes people will mistake thirst for hunger. Because of this, staying hydrated can also prevent overeating.

Quality Control

Choose fresh, wholesome foods over pre-packaged, processed foods. Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives, especially sodium and saturated fats, and often have high amounts of sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup.

You will be amazed at how fast you can lose fat just by packing meals from home rather than purchasing fast food or packaged foods. You also will save a lot of money!

Insulin Control

Insulin is the “storage” hormone. When it is secreted fat burning is blunted. By controlling insulin secretion by choosing low GI carbs you can decrease fat gain/increase fat loss. Stable blood sugar levels also improve energy levels and ones mood. All of our diets as based around insulin control, leading to leaner muscle gains with little to no fat gain.

Adequate Protein

In order to gain lean muscle you need to eat enough protein to sustain the creation of new muscle proteins. You may not be used to eating the amount of protein our prescribed diet recommends, but once you get into the groove you should not have any problems and will enjoy how full and satisfied you feel.

Essential Fats

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vital to the proper functioning on your body. Dietary fats got a bad rap due to the diet fads of the 80’s and 90’s, which promoted eating as little fat as possible, but in reality EFAs are needed by the body and are part of a healthy diet. Eating fats does not equate to getting fat. In fact, most EFAs help support the fat burning process and maintaining a lean body. Do not be scared to eat good fats. EFAs are not the enemy. Also, be sure to supplement with a QUALITY EFA product, such as Scivation Essential FA.

Women do not need to diet much differently than men. One metabolic difference between men and women is women burn a greater ratio of fat to carbs than men, which is the reason why women tend to do very well on a low carb diet. Due to this fact we recommend women follow a low-carb (not no carb) diet to lose fat and gain toned, lean muscle.

Curve Appeal—Exercises to Help Add Sexy Curves

What is the most common thing you see women do in the gym? Cardio. And if they do lift weights the pick up a 5 pound dumbbell and do endless reps. As we have discussed, women need to lift heavy, challenging weights just like men in order to gain muscle. While machines do provide sufficient stimulation to gain muscle, nothing can beat free-weight/compound exercises.

Now, we will go over a few free-weight and compound exercises that we will incorporate in the weight training presented.

Deadlifts

Deadlifts are a full body exercise, meaning it stimulates just about every muscle in the body. Deadlifts hit the legs, back, traps, abs, obliques, etc. Deadlifts are a must for building a fully developed body. If you don’t do them, you are selling your results short.

Squats

Squats are perhaps the most effective exercise you can do for overall leg development. Free-weight barbell squats are a compound exercise that hits the entire upper leg, quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Like deadlifts, if you don’t squat you are selling yourself short. These are a must for sexy, toned legs.

Lunges

Lunges are great for targeting the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Lunges will help tighten up your legs and butt and give you the curves you want.

Pull-Ups

Pull-ups work the muscles of the back, biceps, and forearms. Most gyms have an assisted pull-up machine, so if you cannot do pull-ups with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do pull-ups with less than your bodyweight.

Dips

Dips work the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Dips are a great exercise for overall upper body development, especially the shoulders and triceps.
Most gyms have an assisted dip machine, so if you cannot do dips with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do dips with less than your bodyweight.

For a visual demonstration of these exercises go to www.exrx.net

The 12-Week Workout Program

As we said before, women need to lift heavy, challenging weights in order to gain muscle. Lifting heavy weights will not cause women to get big and bulky like men because women produce a fraction of the testosterone that men do. When women begin working out, their goals are to tone up and gain shape/curves and following this program will accomplish just that! In this 12-week program, you will decrease the number of reps you complete and increase the load you lift as you progress. The number of sets per exercise stays the same, but the rep range changes.

Weeks 1-4

During weeks 1-4, you will be lifting in the 8-12 rep range. What this means is that you want to complete at least 8 reps but no more than 12 reps for each set. If you cannot complete 8 reps, then the weight is too heavy and you should decrease the load. If you can complete more than 12 reps, then the weight is too light and you should increase the load.

Weeks 5-8

During weeks 5-8, you will be lifting in the 6-8 rep range. What this means is that you want to complete at least 6 reps but no more than 8 reps for each set. If you cannot complete 6 reps, then the weight is too heavy and you should decrease the load. If you can complete more than 8 reps, then the weight is too light and you should increase the load.

Weeks 9-12

During weeks 9-12, you will be lifting in the 4-6 rep range. What this means is that you want to complete at least 4 reps but no more than 6 reps for each set. If you cannot complete 4 reps, then the weight is too heavy and you should decrease the load. If you can complete more than 6 reps, then the weight is too light and you should increase the load.

This phase of the 12-week program is going to be very challenging and produce accelerated results.

Exercise Tips: Form Over Ego!

We cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain strict form on all movements. This means stabilizing your body and contracting your abs so you isolate the primary intended muscles. For example, when doing a standing barbell curl, tighten your abs and do not rock or swing the weight. By tightening your abs, you stabilize your body and prevent momentum. This will also help condition your abs and save your lower back from injury.

Warm-Up Properly

You should perform 1-3 warm-ups sets before working a given muscle group. For example, I you are going to bench press 85 lbs for your work sets then do a warm-up set with 45 lbs (just the bar) and then a set with 65 lbs before trying to bench press 85 lbs.

Rest, Don’t Nap, Between Sets

We recommend 60-120 seconds of rest periods between sets. This allows your body to recover some of its expended ATP but is not so long that you lose the flow of the workout. Remember, the goal is to get in and out of the weight room in 30-45 minutes.

What if I Miss a Workout?

If you miss a workout, simply work your schedule so you get back on track. Do not skip a workout! You have three off days per week. If you miss Tuesday’s workout then try to do it on Wednesday and then get back on your normal schedule.

You now have a complete 12-week workout program. Next we are going to discuss a topic that will interest all women, why do trouble areas of fat exist?

Tricep, Thigh & Booty Fat: Why “Trouble Areas” Exist

Most women have “trouble areas” or places on the body where the most fat is stored and it is difficult to get rid of. In most women these areas are primarily the thighs, glutes (butt), and in some women the triceps (back of the arms) and “love handles”. After dieting to lose weight and tone up these trouble areas the last thing you want to do is regain excess fat. If you don’t keep your diet clean and controlled you will gain fat, and it will most likely be in these trouble areas. We will go over why these trouble areas exist and then outline a plan to keep these trouble areas lean and sexy while adding lean mass.

Simply put, some areas in the body have more receptors that block fat breakdown than receptors that increase fat breakdown. In men, these areas are the lower abs and love handles. In women, they are the thighs and butt. We will discuss the physiological factors controlling fat loss and then go over a stubborn-fat cardio protocol and then beneficial supplements for losing stubborn fat.

Stored Triglycerides—Body Fat We Want to LOSE

While all cells contain some fat, it is mainly stored in muscle (intramuscular triglycerides) and in adipose tissue (body fat). Adipose tissue is the body’s main fat storage site and the fat we all want to lose. Adipose tissue is divided into individual cells called adipocytes. These adipocytes hold stored triglyceride (1 glycerol molecule bonded to 3 fatty acids) droplets, which serve as a source of energy for the body. These droplets make up 95% of adipocytes’ volume. In order for this storage of potential energy (60,000-100,000 kcal) to be used and to LOSE BODYFAT (everyone’s goal), it must be mobilized through lipolysis (the breakdown of triglycerides).

Lipolysis involves splitting the triglycerides into a glycerol molecule and 3 separate fatty acids (FFA). Once the fatty acids diffuse (exit) from the adipocytes, they bind to plasma albumin (a protein in the blood) in order to be transported to active tissues where they can be burned. In order to lose body fat, the fatty acids must be burned!

Transport of FFA to be Burned!

Blood flow is of prime importance to the transportation of FFA away from adipocytes and through the circulation to active tissues where they can be burned. This is especially important during exercise where energy requirements are heightened.

Low blood flow could cause the accumulation of FFA within adipose tissue resulting in less available FFA to be oxidized and a greater chance of FFA to be turned back into triglycerides. It has been found that the stubborn fat areas (thighs and butt) have poor blood flow. Therefore in order to get rid of stubborn fat we must increase blood flow. What is the best way to increase blood flow? Exercise! In addition to this certain supplements can also increase blood flow (more on this later). Increasing blood flow throughout the body will assist in losing weight by transporting FFA to where they can be burned.

FFA Oxidation—Burning Body Fat

When the FFAs reach muscle tissue, they are transported into a muscle cell. Once in the muscle cell, the FFAs can re-esterfy (rebind) with glycerol to form triglycerides to be stored in the muscle or bind with intramuscular proteins to be used for energy production in the mitochondria. In the mitochondria, the fatty acids undergo beta-oxidation, meaning they are burned for energy.

We want the FFAs to be burned in the mitochondria. Increasing energy demands through exercise is the best way to accomplish but there are supplements that can help give you an extra boost.

Summary Thus Far

  • Stubborn fat areas are caused by a high density of Alpah2 receptors and poor blood flow
  • Lipolysis must be increased in order for FFAs to be burned
  • Blood flow to adipose tissue and transportation of FFAs away from adipose tissue is vital to fat loss
  • FFAs must be BURNED to body fat loss to occur
  • Exercise is the best way to increase blood flow to adipose tissue, transportation of FFAs, and oxidation of FFAs

Knowing these facts allows us to choose supplements that will assist in burning through stubborn fat. The next chapter will go over a cardio protocol that can help burn stubborn fat and then go over some supplements to help burn fat in stubborn areas.

The Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol

We learned that NE/E activate the receptors that stimulate lipolysis (fat breakdown). Research shows that NE/E secretion increases with exercise intensity. In addition, as cardio duration increases fat utilization increases while carbohydrate utilization decreases. So we need to perform high-intensity cardio for a long duration of time to maximize fat burning. The only problem is one cannot maintain high-intensity cardio for a long duration.

So how can we overcome this while maximizing fat loss?

By doing the following: 10-15 minutes HIIT followed by 15-30 minutes of Low-Intensity Cardio.

High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is training where you alternate between intervals of high-intensity and low-intensity exercise. An example would be sprinting all-out for 100 meters then walking for 100 meters then repeating. One cannot sprint at full intensity for a prolonged time because sprinting and any other form of high-intensity cardio utilizes the anaerobic energy systems, specifically the Phosphocreatine system, which power short-term activity. After going all out, one must rest and give the Phosphocreatine system time to “recharge”. Additionally after sprinting all-out a couple times you are going to start feeling fatigued. After 10 sprints you are pretty much worn out. While you might not be able to sprint at full speed anymore you can still walk and jog as the intensity is not as high as sprinting and other uses the aerobic energy systems.

Knowing this we can setup a cardio program to maximize fat burning:

  • 15 seconds all out followed by 45 seconds of low-intensity cardio
  • Repeat 10-15 times.
  • 15-30 minutes of low-intensity cardio

This cardio could be done on the treadmill, elliptical, bike, running track, etc. We usually recommend the elliptical machine as it is low impact and easy to change speeds. We also recommend doing the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol separate from weight training, either first thing in the morning (if training in the evening) or on off days from the gym. To start, we recommend doing the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol 2-4 times per week.

In addition, you can perform low-intensity cardio post-workout or on off days if Stubborn Fat Cardio is done on weight training days. This is optional, but will speed up fat loss. We recommend having at least one day a week completely off from all exercise.

The Stubborn Fat Supplement Stack

In order to lose that last bit of stubborn fat, you will have to diet and train more intensely. Sometimes that doesn’t work or is just straight up not possible. This is where specific dietary supplements that target fat loss come into play. We will now go over supplements that will help increase fat loss in stubborn areas.

Have you been working out and dieting consistently but you are not seeing the results you want? Are you starting to lean out, but you have some stubborn fat that will not go away? Most likely, this stubborn fat is on your hips and thighs. No matter how many lunges and squats you do, this fat just will not go away. Well, there is a reason for this. Women tend to store fat on specific areas of their body (hips and thighs) to the placement of specific receptors that make it hard to burn fat in those areas. Knowing this, PGN and its team of experts has developed Trimfat to increase fat loss and get rid of those stubborn fat areas once and for all! Read on to find out how you can be on your way to the tight, sexy body of your dreams!

Norepinephrine and Adrenergic Receptors

Body fat storage is controlled by many different factors ranging from diet to hormones to receptor density (the amount of receptors in one area). Of importance to this article is receptor density. Without diving too deep into the nerdy science stuff, a receptor can be looked at like a lock that a key (i.e. a hormone) fits into.

Adrenaline

The term “adrenaline” is commonly used to refer to the body’s excitatory catecholamines, Epinephrine (E) and Norepinephrine (NE), which are regulators of lipolysis (fat breakdown). NE and E acts on receptors called adrenergic receptors of which there are alpha (1 & 2) and beta (1, 2, & 3) subtypes. Activation of the alpha1 and beta-receptors is lipolytic (causes fat breakdown) while activation of the alpha2 receptor is anti-lipolytic (blunts fat breakdown). Stubborn fat areas have a high density of alpha2 receptors, making it harder for fat breakdown to occur in that area. If you are a women this means you have a large amount of alpha2 receptors in your thighs and glutes.

This is the reason why the fat in those areas are so hard to get rid of! In order to burn stubborn fat we must override the inhibitory effect of the alpha2 receptors. PGN Trimfat was designed to target stubborn fat areas in addition to providing an exercise and overall metabolic boost.

B Vitamins

  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl): 50mg
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 25mg
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin): 100mcg

The B vitamins are essential to whole body metabolism, especially fat loss. We included the B vitamins in Trimfat to ensure your body has what it needs to burn fat at its full potential.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne peppers have been used for centuries as a folk medicine for stimulating circulation, aiding digestion and relieving pain (topically). Cayenne increases thermogenesis by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood circulation. Blood flow to adipose tissue is very important for the transportation of fatty acids to be burned. Increasing blood flow allows more fatty acids to be delivered to tissues where they can be burned. In order to lose body fat you must burn fat!

Caffeine USP

Caffeine, a plant alkaloid belonging to the drug class methylxanthines and is found in natural sources such as coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, and other plants, is the world’s most widely used stimulant. Caffeine is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant shown to delay fatigue and improve cognitive performance.

Caffeine acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist. Adenosine decreases the release of stimulatory/excitatory neurotransmitters (i.e. norepinephrine [NE]). Therefore, blocking the adenosine receptor allows a greater excitation to occur by increasing NE’s ability to activate the adrenergic receptors. This means you will feel more energized.

Caffeine inhibits phosphodiesterase (PDE), causing a build-up of cAMP levels and greater effect of NE on fatty acid lipolysis. PDE blunts lipolysis; therefore inhibiting PDE allows lipolysis to proceed at an accelerated rate. The end result is there are more fatty acids available for oxidation after consumption of caffeine. Caffeine increases the release of fat from body fat stores so it can be burned, leading to fat loss.

Hordinine HCL

Hordinine increases the liberation of NE and also decreases its breakdown, leading to both faster and prolonged stimulatory effect from NE. Liberating NE and prolonging its activity will lead to more energy and greater lipolysis. Hordinine also inhibits the Monoamine Oxidases-B (MAO-B) enzyme, which is responsible for the breakdown of dopamine. Dopamine is a catecholamine involved in the regulation of appetite, mood, and other functions. Prolonging dopamine’s activity will lead to an improvement in mood and a decrease in appetite, both of which are beneficial while dieting. Hordinine gives you more energy, decreases your appetite, improves your mood, and increases fat loss.

Synephrine HCL

Synephrine is an amine found in the Citrus aurantium fruit. This fruit has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years. Synephrine can increase ones metabolic rate and thermogenesis without any side effects on blood pressure or cardiovascular health. An increased metabolic rate means more calories are burned. Synephrine’s effect on metabolic rate lies in its ability to bind to specific adrenergic receptors, the ?-1.

This binding effect causes an increase in the body’s ability to metabolize stored body fat as well as a decrease in appetite.

Vinpocetine

Vinpocetine increases circulation and blood flow to the brain. Just like cayenne, vinpocetine’s ability to increase blood flow aids in the transportation of fatty acids to tissues where they can be burned.

Yohimbine HCL

Yohimbine is an alpha2 receptor antagonist. The catecholamine norepinephrine (NE) is released in times of stress and intense activity to increase the amount of available energy by releasing stores nutrients (i.e. fatty acids from fat cells). NE activates both the beta and alpha adrenergic receptors. Activation of the beta receptors increases fatty acid liberation from fat cells while activation of the alpha receptor inhibits liberation of fatty acids.

Yomhimbine blocks the alpha2 receptor, the receptor responsible for stubborn fat areas, from being activated. By blocking the alpha2 receptor with Yohimbine, the negative feedback caused by NE binding to the alpha receptors is reduced and fatty acids from those stubborn areas are released and now able to be burned.

Yohimbine has been shown to increase fat loss by increasing the amount of lipid mobilization and oxidation and blood flow to adipose tissue due to alpha2 antagonism. So Yohimbine addresses two of the fat burning principles we are trying to address: alpha2 receptor action and blood flow.

The TFI Blend was designed to increase fat release from fat cells so it can be burned, specifically stubborn fat areas, increase blood flow, and increase the fat oxidation.

Wrap-Up

Trimfat targets all of the fat loss pathways; Trimfat increases fat breakdown, increases blood flow so the fatty acids can be transported to tissues to be burned, increases the burning of fatty acids, and blocks the Alpha2 receptors which are responsible for stubborn fat. Using Trimfat will allow you to lose fat like never before and get rid of that stubborn fat! Say goodbye to hip and thigh fat for good!

Supplement Stack: Xtend + VasoCharge

Scivation has made pre-workout supplementation a thoughtless endeavor. Imagine if you could take the scientifically-proven, synergistic ingredients to guarantee you have all bases covered and to assure that you get the mind-blowing energy and unbelievable endurance to help you take your workouts to the next level.

Then imagine if you could fuel your muscles DURING your workout to encourage lean muscle growth and endless energy with enhanced recovery. If you’re like anyone here at PGN or Team Scivation, this is a dream come true. Time to stop dreaming. Scivation Xtend is the ULTIMATE pre, during and post workout formula ever created. It has even created its own category—Workout Nutrition™. Scivation VasoCharge, formerly known as VasoXplode, has become the standard in pre workout supplementation featuring Beta Alanine, NO Enhancers, Mental Performance Boosters and the VasoRush™ Blend. Scivation now gives it to you in one complete stack at an unbelievable price. The Scivation Workout Nutrition Stack™ is here, and it is time for you to get your swole on.

Q: What are two of the main causes of poor performance and lack of growth/progress for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiast?

A: Fatigue and increased protein breakdown (catabolism).

If you do not have the energy and drive to lift harder and heavier each workout then you will not grow. If you leave protein breakdown levels unchecked and allow muscle breakdown to occur during a workout then you will not grow. Without proper workout nutrition you will not grow and progress and the rate you could with sufficient diet and supplement strategies. Scivation has taken the guess work out of workout nutrition and created a supplement combo that will increase your energy and performance, delay fatigue, and decrease protein breakdown WHILE increasing protein synthesis (the key to muscle growth). It’s time to start taking your workout nutrition (pre and during workout) seriously and supplement with the Scivation Workout Nutrition Stack—Vasocharge + Xtend!

Scivation Vasocharge

We have formulated Scivation Vasocharge around ingredients that are scientifically proven to increase performance and lean muscle growth. Vasocharge contains synergistic ingredients that work together to take the results you will see to the next level and beyond.

  1. Creatine + Citrulline Malate: Synergistically increases performance
  2. Creatine + Beta-Alanine: Synergistically increases performance and lean mass gains
  3. Citrulline Malate + Arginine: Increases blood flow and amino acid deliver to skeletal muscle, leading to increased protein synthesis (muscle growth)
  4. Tyrosine + ALCAR + Caffeine + D,L-Phenylalanine: Increases energy and mental focus while delaying fatigue, allowing you to workout harder and longer.

Vasocharge is formulated to allow you to increase the intensity of your workouts while delaying fatigue, which results in greater progress being made. VasoCharge increases energy production and power output, decreases H+ accumulation and fatigue, and increases blood flow and the delivery of amino acids to skeletal muscle, making it an all-in-one pre-workout powerhouse.

Scivation Xtend

We have formulated Scivation Xtend to increase protein synthesis, recovery, and performance using a precise blend Branch-Chained-Amino Acids (BCAA), L-Glutamine, and Citrulline Malate. BCAA are a must have for workout nutrition. In summary, the metabolic roles of the BCAA Include:

  • Substrate for energy production
  • Substrate for protein synthesis
  • Precursor for the formation of other amino acids
  • Primarily Alanine and Glutamine
  • Metabolic signals (Primarily Leucine)
  • Stimulates protein synthesis through insulin secretion/activation of the PI3K pathway
  • Stimulates protein synthesis through activation of mTOR
  • Stimulates leptin expression in adipocytes through activation of mTOR

Xtend was formulated to give the body what it needs during exercise. As you exercise, the body increases the demand for various nutrients and if the body is not fed those nutrients, it must obtain them from other sources (i.e. breakdown of skeletal muscle to obtain amino acids).

Both BCAA and Glutamine oxidation/demand is increased during exercise. In order to meet this increased demand for BCAA and Glutamine, the body breaks down muscle protein. The goal of weight training is to increase protein synthesis. In order to gain muscle mass, protein turnover (protein turnover = protein synthesis – protein breakdown) must be positive. An increase in protein synthesis from weight training can lead to an increase in muscle mass. If we are increasing protein breakdown during training, we are decreasing the training session’s overall anabolic effect and limiting muscle growth.

Increasing Protein Synthesis

BCAA supplementation has been shown to not only increase protein synthesis, but also to decrease protein breakdown. By supplementing with Xtend during your workouts you are creating an ideal environment for muscle growth.

What all this means is ingesting BCAA primes your body for growth by increasing protein synthesis and energy production in muscle. All of these actions are beneficial to an athlete and should not be overlooked. There is endless research backing BCAA supplementation as part of one’s workout nutrition. In addition, the citrulline malate found in Xtend increases atp/energy production, delays fatigue, and increase blood flow and amino acid deliver to muscle and the glutamine promotes increased recovery. By supplementing with Xtend during your workouts there is no need to use those sugary sports drinks in order to recover. Xtend allows you to recover more quickly without the adding calories and sugar that can lead to fat gain.

Vasocharge + Xtend

By combining Vasocharge and Xtend pre-workout you prime your body for heightened performance and anabolism. Our pre-workout recommendation (taking 15 minutes pre-workout) is:

  • 1-2 Scoops Vasocharge
  • 1-2 Scoops Xtend

You should follow this up during your workout by sipping 2-3 servings of Xtend throughout your entire workout. This will ensure protein synthesis levels stay elevated and your body is primed for growth. While many people overlook the power of workout nutrition, with the Scivation Workout Nutrition Stack you can be ensured that your body has the nutrients and substrates it needs to performance better than ever and gain the lean muscle you never could before while supporting fat loss.

Protein Benefits and Requirements for Active Women

Jennifer Hendershott

“Absolutely ridiculous!” This is what I thought aloud while reading a popular diet book for women. It was appalling. Yogurt, cereal, coffee and a glass of juice for breakfast. Where the heck is the protein!? Sure, yogurt has some, but not enough to sustain the energy, satiation and nutrition that an active woman needs. It is time to set the record straight. We need to take these old school, fairy tale diets and trash them! Just as we burned our bras in the 60’s for equal rights, let’s burn our old diet books and get with the program—Women NEED protein!

“You need protein to sustain muscle, energy and even promote fat loss,” says Jen Hendershott, two-time Ms. Olympia, Fitness International Champion and spokesperson for PGN Nutrition, makers of Whey Sensible.

The Protein Problem

Unfortunately, protein is a nutrient often downplayed when it comes to women’s diets. For some reason, many people seem to think women don’t need to emphasize protein in their diets, but I am here to tell you that we DO. Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of many tissues in the body, including muscle. Certain amino acids are “essential”, which means the body cannot make them and they must be obtained through your diet. When you workout, you breakdown muscle tissue. In order to repair that muscle tissue and gain lean mass and become stronger, you must give the body protein to supply the amino acids needed for recovery. If you do not get enough protein in your diet your body will not have enough amino acids, specifically essential amino acids, to work properly and recovery from workouts. Where will it get these amino acids you are lacking?

That’s right, from muscle tissue! All that hard work will be wasted! In addition to being required to recover from workouts, protein and amino acids are important for many reasons, such as:

  • Supports immune system function.
  • Promotes healthy connective tissue, hair, nails and other tissues.
  • Supports energy levels.

Now that we know why protein is so darn important, let’s find out how much protein a woman needs.
The recommended daily allowance of protein for SEDENTARY adults is 0.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight (0.8g/kg) or 0.36 grams per pound of bodyweight (0.36g/lb). One should note that the recommended protein ratio is the same for both men and women. But what about active women, do they need more protein than sedentary women? The answer is a resounding YES.

Protein Facts

The International Society of Sports Nutrition’s recently released its current stand on protein intake:

  1. Vast research supports the contention that individuals engaged in regular exercise training require more dietary protein than sedentary individuals.
  2. Protein intakes of 1.4 – 2.0 g/kg/day for physically active individuals are not only safe, but may improve the training adaptations to exercise training.
  3. When part of a balanced, nutrient-dense diet, protein intakes at this level are not detrimental to kidney function or bone metabolism in healthy, active persons.
  4. While it is possible for physically active individuals to obtain their daily protein requirements through a varied, regular diet, supplemental protein in various forms are a practical way of ensuring adequate and quality protein intake for athletes.
  5. Different types and quality of protein can affect amino acid bioavailability following protein supplementation. The superiority of one protein type over another in terms of optimizing recovery and/or training adaptations remains to be convincingly demonstrated.
  6. Appropriately timed protein intake is an important component of an overall exercise training program, essential for proper recovery, immune function, and the growth and maintenance of lean body mass.
  7. Under certain circumstances, specific amino acid supplements, such as branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s), may improve exercise performance and recovery from exercise.” (Campbell et al, 2007)

From this we see that active women would benefit from consuming 2 grams/kg of bodyweight, which is about 1 gram/lb of bodyweight. For a 150 lb woman, this means that she needs 150 grams of protein per day. Ideally your protein should be spaced out throughout the day. If you eat five meals a day, this would be 30 grams of protein per meal (continuing with the example above).

So let’s put this number into action and outline and example diet. I will just list the proteins and not the carbs and fats because they will vary depending on your diet and goals.

  • Meal 1: 1 Cup Egg Whites
  • Meal 2: 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible (Whey Protein)
  • Meal 3: 4 oz. Chicken
  • Meal 4 (Post-Workout): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible/Whey Protein
  • Meal 5: 4 oz. Fish (i.e. Tilapia or Salmon)

***Note each of the above protein amounts are about 30 grams of protein.

Good Protein Sources

  • Eggs and Eggs Whites
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lean Beef
  • Fish (tuna, tilapia, salmon, mahi mahi, halibut)
  • Protein Powders such as Whey Sensible by PGN Nutrition.
  • Tofu

There is no reason why you cannot hit your protein needs DAILY! With quality, low carb and fat protein powders like Whey Sensible from PGN, it is delicious and easy to whip up a fast shake and satisfy that sweet tooth at the same time. Dietary protein is very important in a woman’s diet. Women need the same amount of protein as men (adjusted for bodyweight). It is recommended that active women eat about 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.

If you want to progress in the gym and reach your goals for the body of your dreams, eat your protein and don’t let anyone tell you that women don’t need to eat protein!

Putting a Complete Program Together

We have gone over a lot of information. To make things easy for you we will outline a couple sample workout and supplement schedules.

Schedule #1

  • Monday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Tuesday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Wednesday: OFF
  • Thursday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Friday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Saturday: OFF
  • Sunday: OFF

Daily Schedule (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

  • Upon Waking (6 AM): 1-2 Trimfat Supplement (optional)
  • Stubborn Fat Cardio(6:30 AM): Sip on 2-4 Scoops of Xtend during your cardio
  • Meal 1 (7 AM): 1 Cup Egg Whites
  • Meal 2 (11 AM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible (Whey Protein)
  • Mid-Afternoon Supplements (12 PM): 1-2 Trimfat
  • Meal 3 (3 PM): 4 oz. Chicken
  • 15 Minutes prior to Weight Training: 1-2 Scoops VasoCharge, 1-2 Scoops Xtend
  • Weight Training (5 PM): Sip on 2-6 scoops Xtend during your workout
  • Meal 4 (6 PM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible/Whey Protein
  • Meal 5 (9 PM): 4 oz. Fish (i.e. Tilapia or Salmon)

***On off days, your Trimfat can be taken in the morning and 6-8 hours later.

Note: Low-intensity cardio can be done post-weight training or on your off days when you don’t do the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol.

Schedule #2

  • Monday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Tuesday: OFF
  • Wednesday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Saturday: Stubborn Fat Cardio (AM), Weight Training (PM)
  • Sunday: OFF

Daily Schedule (Mon, Wed, Fri, Saturday)

  • Upon Waking (6 AM): 1-2 Trimfat Supplement (optional)
  • Stubborn Fat Cardio(6:30 AM): Sip on 2-4 Scoops of Xtend during your cardio
  • Meal 1 (7 AM): 1 Cup Egg Whites
  • Meal 2 (11 AM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible (Whey Protein)
  • Mid-Afternoon Supplements (12 PM), 1-2 Trimfat
  • Meal 3 (3 PM): 4 oz. Chicken
  • 15 Minutes prior to Weight Training (4:45 PM): 1-2 Scoops VasoCharge, 1-2 Scoops Xtend
  • Weight Training (5 PM): Sip on 2-6 scoops Xtend during your workout
  • Meal 4 (6 PM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible/Whey Protein
  • Meal 5 (9 PM): 4 oz. Fish (i.e. Tilapia or Salmon)

***On off days Trimfat can be taken in the morning and 6-8 hours later.

Note: Low-intensity cardio can be done post-weight training or on your off days when you don’t do the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol.

Schedule #3

  • Monday: Weight Training
  • Tuesday: Weight Training
  • Wednesday: Stubborn Fat Cardio
  • Thursday: Weight Training
  • Friday: Weight Training
  • Saturday: Stubborn Fat Cardio
  • Sunday: OFF

Daily Schedule

(Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

  • Upon Waking (15 Minutes prior to Weight Training): 1-2 Scoops VasoCharge. 1-2 Scoops Xtend
  • Weight Training (6:30 AM): Sip on 2-6 scoops Xtend during your workout

(Wed, Sat)

  • Upon Waking (6 AM): 1-2 Trimfat Supplement (optional)
  • Stubborn Fat Cardio(6:30 AM): Sip on 2-4 Scoops of Xtend during your cardio

(All Days)

  • Meal 1 (8 AM): 1 Cup Egg Whites
  • Meal 2 (11 AM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible (Whey Protein)
  • Mid-Afternoon Supplements (12 PM): 1-2 Trimfat Supplement (optional)
  • Meal 3 (2 PM): 4 oz. Chicken
  • Meal 4 (5 PM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible/Whey Protein
  • Meal 5 (8 PM): 4 oz. Fish (i.e. Tilapia or Salmon)

***On off days 1-2 Trimfat can be taken in the morning and 6-8 hours later.

Note: Low-intensity cardio can be done post-weight training or on your off days when you don’t do the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol.

Schedule #4

  • Monday: Weight Training
  • Tuesday: Stubborn Fat Cardio
  • Wednesday: Weight Training
  • Thursday: Stubborn Fat Cardio
  • Friday: Weight Training
  • Saturday: Weight Training
  • Sunday: OFF

Daily Schedule

(Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)

  • Upon Waking (6:15 AM- 15 Minutes prior to Weight Training): 1-2 Scoops VasoCharge, 1-2 Scoops Xtend
  • Weight Training (6:30 AM): Sip on 2-6 scoops Xtend during your workout

(Tues, Thurs)

  • Upon Waking (6 AM): 1-2 Trimfat
  • Stubborn Fat Cardio(6:30 AM): Sip on 2-4 Scoops of Xtend during your cardio

(All Days)

  • Meal 1 (8 AM): 1 Cup Egg Whites
  • Meal 2 (11 AM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible (Whey Protein)
  • Mid-Afternoon Supplements (12 PM): 1-2 Trimfat or 2 scoops Xtend
  • Meal 3 (2 PM): 4 oz. Chicken
  • Meal 4 (5 PM): 1.5 Scoops PGN Whey Sensible/Whey Protein
  • Meal 5 (8 PM): 4 oz. Fish (i.e. Tilapia or Salmon)

***On off days take 1-2 Trimfat can be taken in the morning and 6-8 hours later.

Note: Low-intensity cardio can be done post-weight training or on your off days when you don’t do the Stubborn Fat Cardio Protocol.

Conclusion and Summary of Main Points

We have gone over a lot of information and hopefully helped you understand the way women need to diet and train in order to gain lean muscle and lose fat. To make things easy, we will now summarize the main points of this Women’s Bible.

  • Women will not get big and bulky from lifting weights, but instead lose fat and gain lean, toned muscles.
  • Women should lift weights just like men.
  • Women do not need to diet differently than men, but need to calculate their needed caloric intake based on their weight.
  • Women burn a greater ratio of fat to carbs than men and tend to do well on low-carb diets.
  • Calorie Control, Macronutrient Manipulation, Staying Hydrated, Eating Quality Foods, Insulin Control, Eating Adequate Protein and Essential Fats are all vital to a healthy diet and gaining lean muscle.
  • Stubborn fat areas are caused by a high density of Alpha2 receptors and poor blood flow.
  • Lipolysis must be increased in order for FFAs to be burned
  • Blood flow to adipose tissue and transportation of FFAs away from adipose tissue is vital to fat loss.
  • FFAs must be BURNED to body fat loss to occur.
  • Exercise is the best way to increase blood flow to adipose tissue, transportation of FFAs, and oxidation of FFAs.
  • The Stubborn Fat Cardio and Supplement Protocols are great ways to get rid of stubborn fat.
  • The Xtend + VasoCharge stack is the Ultimate Workout Nutrition Stack, making sugary sports drinks obsolete.
  • Consistency is the key to success. Create a workout schedule and diet and stick to it!

There you have it! It is time to put all this information to action and gain the sexy muscle and curves you’ve always wanted. Time to get your hottest body ever!

Authors: Katie Lobliner & Derek Charlebois B.S. CPT

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160 Comments

  1. Diane says:

    Great article. would using organic raw coconut oil prevent me from getting shredded?

  2. isaac says:

    so no cardio at all?

  3. Om-pol1 says:

    Girls and guys…….I’m trying to get in shape now that my daughter is 4 and I’ve got some independence. I am pretty good with my diet usually omelette of smoked salmon breakfast, green tea midmorning and 50gm raw nuts, stirfry for lunch, miso soup for afternoon tea and more green tea. Dinner is usually baked lamb rack, steak or fish with either roast veges or salad with balsamic and olive oil. I drink at least 3L of water per day. I do find myself craving salt and protien though….bad. I’m on the road often so I often don’t cater for myself adequately and binge on protien at lunch or at about 5pm on the way home. I noticed I do this after trying the stupid dukan diet. Truth is I love protien (meats) and now I over eat on them. I think this is tipping my calories too far and is preventing me from losing weight. Any tips on beating this or even using this to my advantage?

    Stats
    28 yrs old
    182cm
    85kg
    Size 10-12top Aust size
    Size12-14hips Aust size
    C cup
    1child

  4. Tina says:

    What is the PGN Trimfat? Where can it be purchased?

  5. justine says:

    does it have to be whey sensible? will it matter if i just take the regular whey protein?

  6. Julia says:

    Thanks, this helped me so much!

  7. Zina says:

    So so helpful, finally an article that outlines what you need to do/eat to gain the results you want, no bullshit, straight to the point and super well-written. Thank you so much!

  8. Cassie says:

    Thanks so much.. finally something that can actually help me! I will definitely keep up and try to do this workout for as long as possible

  9. Daisy says:

    So can I do cardio n lift weights at the same time??? Because I can not make it to the gym in the morning. Please help!!!

  10. Melissa says:

    Great article!
    But what would you recommend since PGN doesn’t sell TrimFat anymore and they also don’t have the Vasocharge + Xtend stack? Suggestions of something similar?

    Thanks!

  11. Brooke says:

    Such a great link. I look online for fitness and nutrition posts all the time and this is by far one of the best and most informative. Keep it up:)!

  12. Marina says:

    I was just wondering what exercises you would recommend for abs? Thanks!

  13. Shavone says:

    What a great article. I look all the time for different workout routines for women and nutrition plan. Thanks so much!!

  14. Jessica says:

    Great article!
    But what would you recommend since PGN doesn’t sell TrimFat anymore and they also don’t have the Vasocharge + Xtend stack? Suggestions of something similar?

    I agree with this ^ what should we be using instead?

  15. Olive says:

    What a helpful article! Answered all my quetions!

  16. Elaine says:

    I love this website. I always refer back to this article to refresh the basics. I’m curious as to why its better to alternate working out upper body parts with lower body parts? Usually I’d do biceps and back one day, triceps and chest another day, and legs one day. I’m curious if its to intensify the workout or to not hit all the legs exercises in one day, since they’re so much.

    Thanks.

  17. chontel says:

    I am so glad i found your web site!! Thank you for your help.. I have two questions… First I cannot do cardio in the morning… can i do it while i am weight lifting in the pm?
    second.. I cannot take anything that makes my heart race… I will put me in a anxiety / panic attack mode… I do a protein whey shake post work out..
    Can you give me any advice?
    thank you..
    chontel
    45 and lovin life

  18. Liz says:

    Great article. What are your thoughts on increasing weight with each set to help build strength? For example, 3 sets: 1×12 reps at 20 lbs, 2×10 at 25 lbs, 3×8 at 30 lbs (not exact, but you get the idea).

    Thanks!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! Fantastic information, this is the most accurate and no BS info I have read.

  20. Belinda says:

    Finally the information that is going to get me the results I have been searching for!!!!!
    Thanks !!!’nn

  21. Tamara Allan says:

    Hi,

    I am currently doing your weight training program and am in my 5th week and have just ‘upped’ my weights.

    I try to eat as healthily as possible and I do cardio when I can due to my 8am – 6 or 7pm work day.

    I am stuck on what to eat for meals, I only eat chicken and not fish or red meats as they make me ill. Im unsure how much i should be prapering, what vegies and fats I can or can’t eat and I’m not even sure if the program is working – I feel sore – so I hope so.

    It takes me around 35 minutes to complete a session and I try to rest for just under a minute or more depending how much pain i am in.

    I am an AU size 8 – 10 , I have a pear shaped body but my arm’s and shoulder muscles are quiet large.

    My housemate has recently lost 10kg’s, leaned out completely and replaced all fat with muscle. She was a pear shape, but now you cant tell.

    Id like assistance in doing the same – any tips would be great.

    Thanks – Tamara

  22. Ginger says:

    I am 46 years old. I have been weight training for about a year now. I seem to want to sleep more now and have less energy. . I eat clean and drink water and coffee from time to time.
    I am 5’2″. 106 lbs. I want to be fit and a good Good role model for my grand children..
    How do I find energy? What am I missing?

    Thank you for your time
    Ginger Scott

  23. Reynaldo says:

    Very good info, i sent it to my sister i bet she’s gonna love it.

  24. Lauren says:

    Wow, such an impressive article!

  25. Steph says:

    This might be a dumb question.. But what do you do after the 12 weeks are over. Start over?

  26. Chad says:

    Ginger try looking into your iron levels. Has your change in diet reduced the amount of iron you take in? Low iron levels contribute to feeling fatigued all the time. If your iron is low start eating foods high in iron, and/or start taking an iron supplement.

  27. Kristie says:

    Question, is it better to do all three sets of one exercise and then move on to the next exercise?

  28. Reagan says:

    I know that distance running can impact your weight training, but I can’t find anyone who knows the specifics so I can plan for it in my workouts to set goals and do everything correctly. I am training for a 5k right now, simple enough, but later on I want to train for 10ks and half marathons. Do I have to choose between runni and weights??

  29. Andrew says:

    @Liz You should add weight for each set so that your body could put up more weight the next time you do the same exercise. The format you asked about is great 12 reps, 10 reps, and finish with the heaviest set at 8 reps. You’re welcome :)

  30. Milad says:

    Steph I would assume that when the 12 weeks are over you just stay with the same program but up the weights since you will be stronger. And probably up the mins on the cardio or perhaps increase the difficulty on the machine, or perhaps add more days on the cardio front or maybe less, if you are where you want to be with fat, and increase the weight days if you need more muscle.

    Great article, this might be the only program you need. You just have to tweak here and there when you get to where you want.

  31. Rebecca says:

    Absolutely fab article, finally have the correct information I was looking for. Cant wait to get into my bikini in 12 weeks.

  32. Bex says:

    So if you don’t like taking all the supplements and whey protein what can you do to substitute them
    And will you still see same results?

  33. Fitnessfarley says:

    I am absolutely love this. Thank you xoxo

  34. Jessica says:

    Hi all,

    I need some advice, ive lost 2 stone through a low carb diet (2months dieting) but still overweight and needing to loose another 1-2 stone.
    Now that i have shifted some weight i want to get into exercise.
    My cardio level is extremly poor and suffer with bad knee joints and elbow joints and whenever i try running my knee’s start to hurt and swell.

    Can anyone recommend a good way to increase carido level that doesnt include to much running, i also need to get rid of my tummy fat any advice woud help?!

    Thanks

  35. Dina says:

    Hi… Great article I was just wondering if it was any way to split the exercises in two days and I can’t do cardio in the morning only in the evening I have been doing the routine for 2 weeks now it’s great…but I have also been doing cardio after the training so I don’t know if that’s ok or not so please help thanksssss…

  36. buffinmyfluff says:

    Thank you, this helped so much. I have been searching for a simplified plan to follow so I can break away from my Les Mills body pump class and do this on my own. I just started today with Lower body A. Got my protein, multi’s and fishoil. Lost 20 lbs in 2013, and still shrinking.See ya in 12 weeks!

  37. Brandie says:

    I have been through everything trying to get through this workout and I’m loving how my legs are tighting up. Am still loosing weight too eating more food as we’ll.so good job. I give you an At. Ha xoxo

  38. Robyn says:

    Have printed this out and will be taking it to gym with me – Thank you!

  39. Milad says:

    Jessica probably just walk or use the elliptical if you have access to one. Just take your time and work your way up. I couldnt do 30 mins when I first started and just did 15 till I could work my way up. I get really bad shin splints when I run so the elliptical was better for me, or just walking out doors.

  40. Rue says:

    Hello,

    Great article, so much it made me go for the program. I am in week 8 now. I have been doing both the strength training and cardio. I am now doing 4 sets instead of 3 as I have found that after week 4 I had more strength. I am eating clean. I have stopped eating processed foods and focus on lean meat; mainly chicken, turkey and 5% fat beef. I also mostly oven cook, steam or boil most of my food. For all the 8 weeks I have eaten clean with about 5 cheat meals spread over the weeks usually on saturdays. My problem is I have gained 2 kgs. I started at 85kg and now I am at 87kg. I workout first thing in the morning after a cup of black coffee. I then have a protein shake after my workout, an omelette with turkey ham or oatmeal with yogurt and fruit. My midmorning snack is usually fruit or almonds. I have dinner leftovers for lunch usually chicken and vegetables. I find I am very hungry in the morning until 4pm. After 4pm my appetite subsides. I honestly do not know what I am doing wrong. In terms of losing inches, my jeans still feel the same, only a slight change in my back fat and 2cm off my waist but my hips are the same. I really want to continue being healthy but I just dont know what I am doing wrong.

  41. HannaH* says:

    Great article! I started doing this back in January and am just about to go into the last few weeks of the programme and have noticed some great changes! I lack inspiration and motivation sometimes though, so am wondering what to do after I finish the programme? Would it be worth doing all again with heavier weights, or try something else? Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Thanks!

  42. Stephanie says:

    I know this has been asked before but could you do the cardio at night before u lift the weights? There is just not enough time for me to do cardio in the morning and I have more energy at night. So will this be a better time to do my cardio before I lift weights?
    Supper excited to start.
    ~Steph~

  43. Vennessa says:

    This is a great article! Can’t wait to start. Thanks for laying it out simply, without all the BS. A lot of people have asked where to get the “stacks” supplements… Here is a link to PGN’s store:

    http://pgnnutrition.com/trimfat.htm

  44. Connie says:

    Best article I have read in ages, no BS straight to the point. Clear and precise. Thanks.

  45. AMANDA WALKER says:

    WHERE DO YOU GET THE VASOCHARGE FROM? ALL I SEE IS THE EXTEND. ANY HELP PLEASE!!

  46. Bean says:

    i am a paraplegic. i workout 5 days a week witha trainer specifically for my lower body and core. i currently work out 3 days a week on my upper body doing:
    day 1: chest &biceps
    day2: back,rear delts
    day3: shoulders & triceps

    it is very difficult for me to get any cardio in, i do use the arm bike for 10 minutes before my upper body workouts, but i absolutely hate it. is there anything special i can do to see more results?

    p.s. i do eat healthy 5-6 meals a day

  47. Trace says:

    First timer here . Don’t know where yo start any suggestions or tips.

  48. Heather says:

    I love this. I am on week 9 of this program and I can never look back. I have been a runner for 11 yrs and this program has made my body amazing. Best out there in my opinion. I am proof that women who lift heavy do not bulk up. Thank you!!!!

  49. Alisha says:

    Hello! Just wanted to say that this program has really worked for me to change my body completely. I recommend it to all of my close family and friends.

    I was a distance runner for 5 years living primarily off of vegetables, but couldn’t figure out why my effort didn’t match my physical appearance. I decided I needed to change things when I started training for a marathon and looked/ felt SICK. Turns out that society’s message to run and live off of vegetables to have a feminine, sexy physique is WRONG.

    However, the transition into strength training was SO hard for me, having no muscle basis and no knowledge on proper form. This program really helped me structure myself and transition smoothly into meeting my performance goals (I can do push-ups with proper form now!). I also consulted with my local supplement store to get top quality supplements to help me reach my goals; sometimes a perfect nutrition and fitness plan needs a little push!

    I look and feel completely different with my changes in routine and diet, because my whole body composition shifted. Although I have gained 12 pounds in 5 months…. I have lost most of my stubborn jiggly fat and gained nice sexy sculpted muscles. I feel confident and healthy and I think I look good in anything I wear now: bikini, shorts, tank top, or even nothing! I don’t get dressed to hide my body anymore, but to show it off & I threw the stupid scale away.

    I want to thank the creators of this article for putting HONEST, EFFECTIVE information out there on the right way to lose fat and get toned.

    IT’S ALL ABOUT LIFTING AND PROTEIN to look sexy and lean <3

  50. Jenna says:

    I just started this program, but I was just curious after you finish the 12 weeks what do you do? Start over? Do you have another source to look at? So far this workouts have been great, can’t wait to get further into the program!

  51. Anita S says:

    Are your protein recommendations for a pre- or post- cooked weight?

  52. Ty says:

    So after this point what do you do? Do you start over lifting heavier?

  53. andria says:

    Uh, how many women can do 3×8-12 pull-ups?? I can only do MAYBE one pull-up! Alternate exercises or assisted pull-ups should be listed here as an option. Although, I have found I don’t progress much even doing assisted pull-ups.

  54. Arund G says:

    I have been on the program 8 weeks now and I have seen results, Not on the Scale, but in my Body Fat Loss. I do HIIT/Low cardio in the morning and Weight Training in the afternoon. The scale is just about driving me nuts because I lose a little and gain it back. I assume what this indicates is that I am losing fat and gaining muscle mass.

    I’ve lost 2 inches on my waist, 1 inch on my hip, 1/2 inch on my legs, 1 inch on my chest. I feel healthier and look better already. I’m 1/5 of the way to my ideal body.

    I am not supplementing except for Multi-Vitamins, Calcium (very important for bones and muscle) and whey protein (because I am vegetarian). I have a sweet tooth so I am still working on cutting out excess sweets.

    I think I need to switch up my weight training routine with varying weights as someone mentioned, clean up my diet with more protein and less treats. I must remember it took me 10 years to gain what I’m trying to loose in six months. At the end of my 12 weeks I just hope to be where I was 4-5 years ago, 10-15 pounds lighter. My goal is to loose a total of 30 lbs.

  55. Taila Rogers says:

    I’ve been following this plan for 2 weeks and have lost 3 pounds of fat, while gaining 3 pounds of muscle. I lift as heavy as I can to make it to the max number of reps. In addition, I follow my weight lifting with 15 minutes of HIIT and 40 minutes of slow cardio. I get it all wrapped up in less than an hour. I am looking forward to increasing the weight that I lift.

    As for my diet, I track what I eat online and make sure that my protein matches my lean weight. My macros are also in line.

    My boyfriend has noticed the change and I can’t wait to see the results when the 12-weeks is finished (after which I might continue or switch to Arnold’s program). FYI-I am 52 years old and work nights. If I can make this happen and see results, it will work with anyone. You just have to be dedicated! Good luck, ladies!

  56. Lori says:

    What is PGN Trimfat? Where do I get this stuff??

  57. Ashley says:

    By far the best article I have read yet! This is very helpful. Thank you so much

  58. nena says:

    Great article..but what if you can only do weights and cardio in one session would that effect weight loss. I can only be at the gym in the morning and I was thinking of doing weights before cardio am I doing it wrong. Thanks for your help

  59. Meghan says:

    I know this article is pretty brand specific for supplementation but in general, what are the general things I should look for? This is GREAT information and probably the best article I have found for all information in one place. Thank you!

  60. Arjun says:

    Very well written article. Thank you.

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