The holidays are a fun time of year. You get time off from work, spend time with family and friends, go to tons of parties, and enjoy good food. All the good food.
But if you’re not careful you might end up starting the new year with a little more gut hanging over your waistline than you had just a month prior.
With the stress and excitement of the holidays, it can be easy to let your diet slip. It can be easy to ‘forget’ to make it to the gym in-between working extra hours at work and shopping for presents.
I know because I’ve let it happen a time or two.
Waking up on January 1st, walking to the bathroom, and looking at myself in the mirror through my still sleep-filled eyes, only to realize that my abs were hibernating under a layer of holiday cheer.
I realized I’d let myself get soft.
And with a trip to the beach planned just a month later, I knew I needed to act - fast. I didn’t want to have avoid taking my shirt off on vacation because I had let myself go a little bit. I wanted to get tan, and look shredded doing it.
I immediately sat down at my computer and started researching. The holidays were over, so I knew getting my nutrition in line wouldn’t be a problem. But with only a month left before the beach, I also knew I needed more than just cutting calories.
I knew I needed workouts that were going to maximize calories burned, help me retain and build muscle, increase testosterone, and create the perfect metabolic, fat-torching environment.
And after several hours, and multiple espressos, the New Year’s Shred was born.
The New Year’s Shred combines three different training methods designed to help build strength, maximize lean, dense muscle, and above all, destroy stubborn and unwanted body fat: Strength Circuits, Metabolic Stress Training, and Density Circuits.
Strength circuits are the foundation of the New Year’s Shred. The best way to torch body fat is by utilizing some sort of strength-centric training; to help you hold onto strength, lean muscle, and help keep your metabolism running high.
Strength circuits take this a step further by combining multiple, and unique exercises in one total body circuit to increase both total workout volume, and metabolic demand.
Metabolic stress training focuses on the other end of the spectrum - lighter weights done at higher reps to help create a higher amount of metabolic stress and increase calories burned.
With metabolic stress training, we’ll be focusing on creating a build-up of lactic acid and other metabolites in the muscles. The reason? An increased amount metabolite build up in the muscles means the body has to work harder to flush these out. One of the way it does this is by increased Growth Hormone production. And when it comes to losing fat and building muscle, the more growth hormone your body produces, the better.
Lastly, we have density training. Density refers to the amount of output you have during your training session. The higher your training density, the harder your body has to work, and the more calories you’ll burn.
The New Year’s Shred has specific density-style workouts designed to help you do more and more work each week; burning more and more calories. You’ll be in and out of the gym in 30 minutes, but feel like you put in 2 hours of work.