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7 Unconventional Fitness Experiments You Should Try For 30 Days

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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?

Not necessarily.

This just shows there’s more than one way to skin a platypus (or was it cat)?

Anyways….

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)
  • Step-ups
  • 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.

Yup, zero.

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.

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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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Leighton
November 15, 2017

Well fuck me, finally someone who is not a protein obsessed moron, like some so called fitness & nutrition experts who shout from the rooftops 40% protein or you will end up a skinny unmanly weakling. TOTAL ARSE! Im already doing many of these you’ve stated, but a great article & sound advice none the less.

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Low Country Male
October 16, 2017

I’m going for number four

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Jason
May 24, 2017

Hey Keith,

Really enjoyed reading through the posts, the candid style really shits on the majority of pretentious snowflake shit out there, with endless inspirational quotes, and unsustainable advice, very refreshing!

I basically had a question that touched more on your earlier post, regarding the pure calorie deficit / fasting.

One of the few times I lost weight quickly, and kept it off for years was when I did a crash type diet. Was an 18 year old student, 5’9 200lbs after a heavy xmas and did a diet consisting of oatmeal for breakfast and a shit evening meal of canned beans / canned soup, or chicken salad (living the student dream). Anyhow although it went against all orthodox advice I shed about 28 lbs in the first 5 weeks, then carried on consistently dropping 3.5lbs a week until hitting about 150lbs within about 4-5 months.

Felt great and kept it off until quite a few years later were i drank heavily.

I am now about 215lbs (6 years later), but in this time have worked out a lot and take smaller jeans than when i was 200lbs all of those years ago, though 100% wanna shift about 40lbs.

I am thinking of reverting back to the crazy low cal system, but there seems to be loads of shit out there suggesting it can ‘damage you’ / fuck you up in numerous ways.

Is it probably fine to do (don’t get me wrong I know your not a doctor etc !), especially until i get within a stone or so of target weight, or do you think its a pretty dickless approach to losing it?

Reason I am contemplating going this way as, one its simple, 2 i pop modafinil for focusing which kills my appetite anyway, and 3 i find consistant weight loss motivating.

Appreciate its a bit of a rant, but thanks for reading!

PS: Beer /alcohol calories, so much conflicting stuff out there, one second 2 pints is a big mac, the next the calories can’t be stored, are you a drinker yourself? and what are your thoughts?

Cheers man!

Jason

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    Keith
    May 24, 2017

    I never recommend crashing dieting approaches. I’m sure you’ll agree it never works out well in the long run. Going more aggresively low cal for 1-2 weeks is fine, but the sooner you focus on actually creating solid healthy habits and routines, the better.

    You can still consistently lose weight, but it’ll be more in the realm of 2 pounds a week or so.

    Alcohol is like anything, best consumed in moderation. One drink per night is fine, it’s when you get shit faced on the weekend and binge on burgers and fries…then we have a problem. Yes alcohol calories matter.

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Gina
May 24, 2017

Do you recommend people shoot for a certain amount of fiber as well as focusing on protein and calories? Maybe fiber supplements? Thanks!

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    Keith
    May 24, 2017

    Start with a sensible diet (i.e. mostly whole foods, plenty of fruits and veggies) and just go from there.

    No need to take fiber supps off the bat if the rest of your diet is solid.

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      Gina
      May 24, 2017

      I’m working on eating more fruits to get some fiber in but for now it’s been hard for me. Can someone achieve a washboard flat stomach without enough fiber?

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      Gina
      May 24, 2017

      Btw thank you so much for responding and for all of your help!!!

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Victoria Melo
May 18, 2017

I hace to admit that tips 2 and 3 were really unspected, but Ithink I will give them a chance. Realted with number 2, I think that the bennefits will be incredible by just changing our diet. Also, as you said, you lost a bit of muscle but you feel good, so I consider it is worthy the chance, Thank you so much for this article!

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    Keith
    May 18, 2017

    For me it’s the tiny amount of muscle loss is worth it. I no longer have to stress about protein intake which translates to so much much more freedom in life. Thanks 🙂

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Pete Timpone
May 11, 2017

Going to give 1-6 a try. I’m currently at 188 trying to get down to 170. I’m a little skeptical of giving up my running. Thanks for the motivation.

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J.Gilman
May 8, 2017

Good stuff.

I try to talk friends into #4 all the time. “Fistfull” is probably the proper measurement for starchy carbs as that’s how I picture most people eating them. I’ve found liquid candy is the hardest thing for many to part with.

I have great respect for anybody that can pull of #6

I predict lots of feelings over #1 & #3, ha.

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    Keith
    May 8, 2017

    It’s a decent measurement if you don’t want to count calories. Haha #1 will make lots of ppl butthurt.

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    Ravensfan
    May 9, 2017

    #6 isn’t too hard really. I get up at 5:30 every morning and lift. I prefer it bc then I have a little more time after work and dinner to relax.

    The problem is going to sleep early enough. If you’re used to staying up till 10 or 11 you’re going to have a lot of late nights and rough mornings…

    Lol #4 is something I could never do, just too OCD. I’ll chance a meal if I have a ballpark figure but going full Blind? No thank you sir

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Richard
May 8, 2017

I’m going for number four (I was so excited to read that one)

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Bohdan
May 8, 2017

I am going to combine a no cardio with going to the gym early since I wake up at 4:30 a.m. to do cardio ill just cut it and go to the gym instead.

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Olly
May 8, 2017

I’m going for #3 No cardio.

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