Fitness

Athlean Workout WK 1

The Indie Artist
Written by James Olmos

Athlean workout, week one complete!

I’ve learned two things: Meal prep is king and avocados suck.

I’m feeling strong after the first week but my legs are really sore. The AX-1 workout is a total body workout; you’re not isolating your body parts by working legs, back and biceps; chest, shoulders, triceps on individual days. You’re working various body parts in each session throughout the week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  With Tuesday and Thursdays being cardio days.  It’s been great having a friend to workout with who meets you at the gym at 5 o’clock in the morning.  I’m ready to begin week two!

I’ve been a little tired during the day, after the workouts. But then again I’m at the gym at 5:00 AM and I’m still adjusting to waking up at 4:30 AM.  Though my muscles are sore, I’m trying to feed them as healthfully as possible.  In regards to diet, the five smaller meals a day help to offset my fatigue. Fatigue and feeling tired is normal when pushing yourself while working out.

Meal Prep is King!

Meal prepping has been key to maintaining my diet!  I’ve done very well at meal prep. Meal prep is King!

The meals that I have prepped are breakfast and lunch.  Though I’ve prepped my shakes too, which are my snacks in-between meals.  For breakfast, I’ll have one whole tomato, an avocado and four hard-boiled eggs with the yolk removed. I’ll switch between broccoli and avocado.

Avacado Rant:

And by the way, don’t buy the pre-peeled and halved avocados because they suck! They’re terrible. At least, they’re not good for what I’m using them for. I’m sure they’re fine if you want to buy them to make guacamole or something similar. When you purchase them, you can see in the freezer bag that they have this ice on them, like frozen condensation from when they were processed. When you meal prep and you put them in the little container to thaw, that ice melts and soaks into the avocado and makes them really moist. The avocados now have the consistency of a whipped moose dessert.  I gag when I eat those avocados.

I can’t win with avocados.  Avocados are the worst thing that I can prep for because if I buy them whole and fresh, they take forever to ripen. And when they finally ripen, I’ll put them in the refrigerator to try to keep from going bad.  But then they tend to go bad anyway.  Me and avocados are on bad terms.  Guess I’ll have to buy a couple of them every few days, ripened.

Back to meal prep!

I meal prep my shakes too! I purchased 3, half-gallon containers of almond milk and made a bunch of shakes! Then I recycled the three cartons of empty almond milk by pouring the shake back into them, then refrigerate. It produced more than 1.5 gallons though because I’m putting bananas, a cup of blueberries, Vega protein powder, Vega maca powder and some coconut oil. After blending everything, I end up with about 2 gallons of the protein shake!

When it’s mealtime, I take my prepped meal out and enjoy.  When it’s time for the protein shake, I take the carton out of the refrigerator; pop it open; fill up 20 ounces – BOOM – done! I’m not spending a lot of time and wasting soap and water by washing the blender and cooking utensils while making individual meals. It’s just so much better.

What’s in your lunch?

For lunch, I prepared a basic salad – carrots, tomato, and more broccoli and then when I’m ready to eat it I simply add a protein to it.  My proteins will either be canned tuna, a cup of black beans, a soy sausage, or a black bean burger.  I don’t eat beef or pork or chicken.  I just throw the protein in the microwave and I’m good to go!  Meal prep goes a long way and it’s just made my life so much easier.  I’m guaranteed to get proper high-density nutrients and adequate calories.

Body fat and the numbers?

I’m eating about 2300 calories a day. It’s the first week, so we’ll see how I progress with regards to my weight and bodyfat numbers. I came into this program at 150 pounds. And two weeks later I’m 155. (I worked out one week prior to starting this Athlean routine.) My body fat percentage has dropped 1%; from 15% to 14%.

The home body fat scales, like the Fitbit Aria and calipers, are just starting points to help you monitor yourself.  They’re certainly not 100% accurate but they’re good enough to give you a base.  These scales and mPort’s are simply doing a bunch of math to determine your body fat.  I’ll share more about the mPort in my next blog post.  The most accurate way to know your body fat is through Hydrostatic weighing.

The diet seems to be great, though! I seem to be gaining muscle and losing fat while maintaining a meat-free diet.

Tie your shoes and go!

Basically, you just need to get out there and do it! I mean, you gotta get out there. If it’s not 4:30 in the morning, it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon or it’s 10 o’clock at night. What’s your time?

Who do you need to be to achieve your goal? Find that person in you; embrace that person and move forward with your goals and your ambitions and what you’re passionate about.

And I don’t care if it’s working-out or if it’s excelling in work, or being a mom or a dad or a parent.  You must embrace that person that you need to be in order to achieve that goal.

It will happen!

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About the author

James Olmos

Songwriter, photographer, blogger, health advocating life lover over 40 who’s obsessively passionate about everything for 5 minutes! The Journey is afoot!

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