7 Unconventional Fitness Experiments You Should Try For 30 Days
If you’re a hardcore paleo guy, then you probably think that eating paleo is the only way to lose weight.
But if you went 30 days and ate a fuck ton of rice, while keeping calories the same as your paleo diet, you’ll likely find that you didn’t gain any weight.
What happened? Did the paleo gods just shit themselves?
This just shows there’s more than one way to skin a platypus (or was it cat)?
I want to open your mind to the possibility that maybe your approach fitness isn’t the only way to get results.
And that maybe there’s a more enjoyable way to get the same results.
Below I’ve listed 7 different fitness experiments for you to try for 30 days.
These experiments are designed to open your mind – to show you that maybe the way you’ve been doing things isn’t 100% necessary.
You don’t need to buy anything to do these experiments. In fact, some of these experiments might save you money in the long run.
And as you’ll see below, a lot of these experiments are just about “letting go” of existing beliefs and relaxing on a lot of the hardcore fitness “rules” that people think are stuck in stone.
I don’t recommend doing more than one experiment at once.
Focus on one for 30 days, see how you feel, then try another experiment if you’re up for it.
Experiment #1: Stop barbell squatting
Yup that’s right.
I’m telling you to cut out the one exercise that defines your level of manliness.
Now why the fuck would you do this?
Maybe you want to minimize injury. Maybe your mobility to properly barbell squat ain’t that great. Maybe you just want to do something different.
Whatever the reason….I really don’t care.
Believe it or not, it is possible build a pair strong and great looking legs without loading 400 pounds on your back.
If you want to squat heavy, fine.
I’m not bashing squatting.
Just saying there are many alternatives to it.
So what do you do instead of traditional barbell squatting?
Here are some substitutions you could try next time:
- Dumbbell Bulgarian split squats
- Lunge variations (walking lunges, split stance lunges)
- Leg presses
There’s no fucking law that says you must barbell squat to build big legs.
Experiment #2: Eat 0.6 grams of protein per day
If you’re the type of person who eats 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, then this is really going to change your life.
6 months ago I started eating 115-120 grams of protein per day, sitting at 195 pounds.
This put me around 0.6 grams per pound of bodyweight.
And till this day, I’m still doing it.
Yes, I lost a tiny bit of muscle, but I don’t feel any different.
So I don’t see the point in significantly ramping protein back up just to look a tiny bit more muscular.
And hey, I’m saving money on protein powder, which means more money for lap dances.
I will say that guys who tie their self-esteem to how muscular they are, are going to have hardest time with this.
But words can’t even explain the immense freedom you get from not having to obsess about hitting your “protein numbers” every meal.
Just give it a shot.
30 days. Drastically cut protein back to 0.6 grams. See how you feel. That’s it.
Experiment #3: Don’t do any cardio when trying to lose weight
The first things people do when they try to lose weight is increase the amount of cardio they do.
And hey, sometimes it works.
But a lot of the time, it doesn’t.
I see guys all the time – they decide to ramp up cardio to 5 miles per day in hopes to burn 500 calories per day or whatever…
Logically that sounds fine.
But the problem is these motherfuckers were never even able to run 1 mile per week in the past, and all of a sudden they think they can run 5 miles per day.
Makes no damn sense.
So try this experiment the next time you’re dieting: Do zero cardio.
Cut it out completely.
Don’t even step foot on the treadmill.
You know what? Don’t even look at a treadmill.
Instead put all your energy and focus into lifting and dieting.
I highly recommend lifting heavy weights if possible (like I outline in SX12), but if you can’t do that then any form of resistance training is fine.
Use your workouts to build and maintain muscle mass and your diet will handle all the fat loss for you.
You can lose 99.99% of the weight you want without doing any cardio.
The problem is most people can’t kill the belief that you must do cardio if you want to lose weight.
Experiment #4: Stop tracking calories and macros
This flies directly in the face of most dieting advice I give.
Typically I tell clients to track their macros or at least track overall calories and protein intake (i.e. Macro FLEX Tracking).
If you’ve been tracking for a while, then there will always be a part of you that will try to count the grams of protein were that dish you ordered last night.
And that’s fine, but the goal here is to minimize the massive amounts of analyzing people do just before they eat a fucking sandwich.
So for 30 days, stop tracking everything.
Yup, that means no tracking carbs, fats, proteins, and calories.
Instead, I need you to follow a radical concept called COMMON SENSE for 30 days.
This is how common sense works:
- Eat as many raw fruits and veggies as your heart desires
- Eat plenty of lean protein.
- Limit your starchy carb intake (e.g. pasta and rice) to no more than a 2-3 fistfuls (i.e. the portion size equals the size of your fist) per day.
- Try to limit your fat intake to natural fat sources like avocado and small servings of nuts. Not that fat is bad for you, but it is super calorie dense.
- Don’t drink your calories, aka. no soda.
- Drink a ton of water.
- Eat only when you’re legitimately hungry. In other words, don’t just eat when you’re stressed or out of habit.
- Don’t eat processed foods like chips and candy.
- On a scale of 1-10, 10 meaning you’re insanely stuffed, eat until you’re about a 7.
If you can follow this, I’d be dumbfounded if you didn’t lose weight.
Then again, most people just suck at managing their own portion sizes and make absolute retarded rationalizations….so I make no promises.
Experiment #5: Train your forearms every single day
Not sure why I included this, but big forearms look cool.
And because they’re such a small muscle, they can be attacked every single day with reasonable amounts of volume.
Every day, do the following:
- Barbell wrist curls: 3-4 sets x 15-20 reps
- Reverse curls: 3-4 sets x 15-20 reps
Do this, and your forearms will look big, veiny, and cool.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it.
Experiment #6: Workout at 6am
Get your ass up early and go to the gym.
Crush your workout and start the day off right.
If your schedule really can’t allow you to train at 6am, fine.
But if you have the option, try it for 30 days.
It might just be the physical and mental boost you’ve been looking for and you’ll never be able to look back.
Experiment #7: Replace any pre-workout supplement with just a caffeine pill
Take your $40 pre-workout and replace it with a caffeine pill.
Caffeine is already the leading ingredient in most pre-workout so why not cut out 80% of the other ingredients and take caffeine only?
Sure, your skin might not tingle since there’s no beta alanine, but who cares?
Maybe a little caffeine is all you needed this whole time.
Fitness is about experimenting and finding what works for you.
I can’t promise that doing any of the 7 experiments about for 30 days is going to do jack shit for you.
But you really have nothing to lose.
Most people go through their whole lives doing the same thing over and over.
I want to encourage you to break your habits and patterns in hopes of finding something better.
Which experiment are you going to try for the next 30 days?
Let me know in the comments below.
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