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How do you Leangainers make the program fit your week?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 18, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Just started the LG protocol and am trying to adapt my usual workout schedule around the carb cycling and lifting protocol. Problem (?) is that I have two major HIIT days (hockey) that f**k up the alternating high-carb (HC) / low-carb (LC), workout / rest cycle. As it stands now, in order to fit the HIIT day in, I need to do back-to-back high carb workout days. If I consider hockey days as "workouts", my week looks like this:

  • Mon - HIIT (HC)
  • Tue - Rest (LC)
  • Wed - Lift (HC)
  • Thu - Rest (LC)
  • Fri - Lift (HC)
  • Sat - HIIT (HC)
  • Sun - Rest (LC)

Questions:

  • Does this even make sense?
  • Is this even an issue - can you still see fat loss and muscle gains using that many HC days?
  • Would you treat HIIT days with no lifting as "workout" days (HC) or off days (LC)?

I'm sure I'm over-thinking this, but isn't that what PH is all about?

Love to hear how anyone else who's taken the LG approach has organized their week.

Thanks!

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on October 19, 2011
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:) That being said, you still might get some gains, you just can't expect the same results as Martin's clients, since your routine is not following his. Let us know how it goes, and if make you some progress.

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on October 18, 2011
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Don't tell him! You're right - it's all about having the cake and wanting to eat it.

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on October 18, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I just do a typical leangains week (3 days higher-carb, 4 days lower carb). As for your condundrum...

  • As has been said previously, Martin isn't cool with HIIT. But hockey isn't quite as HIIT as gym-based forms. So maybe just call hockey your cardio and proceed as usual, doing lower-carb on hockey days? The whole thing with HIIT and leangains is avoiding glycogen depletion, which I don't think would be as big of a deal with sports as with intervals or Crossfit-type things.
  • You can see fat loss with four higher-carb days. I've seen permutations like this on the leangains reddit. But again, you probably don't need higher-carb on your hockey days unless lower-carb is making your perform worse.

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on October 18, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I know Martin would not be cool with the HIT days if your goal is to get lean while gaining strength. You need to rest your body, you just can't get the recovery in while doing HIIT at the same time (according to his site).

So not sure you can really follow the lean gains protocol and incorporate the hockey. As Martin has said on his site, you need to follow a protocol as is and to not mess with it.

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on October 18, 2011
at 11:56 PM

Don't tell him! You're right - it's all about having the cake and wanting to eat it.

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

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on October 19, 2011
at 01:00 AM

:) That being said, you still might get some gains, you just can't expect the same results as Martin's clients, since your routine is not following his. Let us know how it goes, and if make you some progress.

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on October 18, 2011
at 09:58 PM

Have looked at the lean gains web site, but not a follower or anything. Only advise I would have is I DEFINITELY (unless you are serious about that one portion of fitness) would not curb my play of any sport/play activities just to fit the lean gains approach. Hockey is darn intense, so I would see no problem with swapping the 3/4 thinking to account for that.

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