I am an avid lifter but started slacking on my diet. I was traveling a lot and realized that I was just slowly gaining weight over the course of 4-5 months. Once I graduated from law school and planned to study for the Florida Bar Exam, I saw the advertisement for Kris's 8-Week Trainer. It was perfect timing, honestly. I looked in the mirror and thought, 'why do I lift so hard if I don't eat the right way?' I want to be able to show the muscle I work so hard to build. So I decided that I would do the 8-week trainer while studying for the Bar Exam. This allowed me to stay disciplined and structure my days around Kris's program and studying. The lifting was my stress reliever and the "fun" part of my day!
I completed Kris's 12-week daily video trainer about 4-5 years ago and lost 20 lbs. I loved that program and thought Kris was an amazing trainer and person. Kris became someone that I looked up to in the fitness industry and someone who motivated me to be better in and out of the gym. So, when I saw he was doing another daily trainer, I was very excited to do it. I knew the trainer would guarantee results if I just followed what he said and I also really wanted the opportunity to train with him. I was also very interested in trying Kris's supplements. Of course, he didn't disappoint and I loved using the Kaged Muscle brand while I was training.
I used Micropure Whey Protein Isolate (Chocolate), PRE-KAGED (Fruit Punch), IN-KAGED (Cherry Lemonade), RE-KAGED (Strawberry Lemonade), Creatine HCl, Hydra-Charge, Kasein, fermented BCAAs, fermented Glutamine, L-Carnitine, and L-Citrulline.
I enjoyed all of the supplements I used during the program. I enjoyed IN-KAGED and RE-KAGED the most. Besides the fact that they both tasted amazing, I really felt like they were helping me during this process. IN-KAGED would allow me to remain focused during my workouts and bring the intensity necessary to complete the workouts. RE-KAGED would really help me heal up for the next day.
- Start of day: Filled up a gallon jug and added Hydra-Charge, Glutamine, BCAA
- Meal 1: Breakfast Smoothie: 1 handful power greens, 1 scoop chlorella, 1 scoop spirulina, 1 cup oats, 2 tsp chia seeds, fermented Glutamine, fermented BCAA, 1 scoop Micropure Whey Protein Isolate, ice, water
- Meal 2: 4 oz. Cod, 1 cup brown rice, onions, mushrooms
- Meal 3: 4 oz. Mahi Mahi, 1 cup brown rice, onions, mushrooms
- Pre-workout: Pre-Kaged, L-Carnitine
- Intra-workout: In-Kaged
- Post Workout: Re-Kaged, KM L-Carnitine, Creatine HCl
- Meal 4: 4 oz. chicken, 1 cup jasmine rice
- Meal 5: 4 oz. salmon, 2 cups broccoli
- Meal 6: Kasein, fermented Glutamine, 1 cup bone broth
The best piece of advice Kris provided me during the program was to give everything I had, day in and day out. No matter how grueling the workouts were or how sore I was. I would always follow Kris's advice to give 100% during every aspect of the trainer.
Also, lifting weights is only half the battle. Making sure you are dieting properly, getting the correct supplementation, performing your cardio, and healing when necessary is also extremely important.
One of the most challenging aspects of the trainer for me was the 16:8 intermittent fasting. I have never fasted before so this was new for me and very challenging. Also, the DTP principle is always challenging and requires extreme effort and focus.
If you want something bad enough, you will be able to achieve it and Kris has shown me that time and time again. If you follow everything Kris tells you during this program, you will see results. You are in complete control of your own environment and if you choose to, you will be able to make the necessary changes each day to build the physique you want. The main advice I would give to others wanting to do this program is to be dedicated each day and have fun.
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I would always just try to control my environment like Kris has taught me. I told my wife and my family about the program and they were very supportive and understanding. I would pack my own meals for family gatherings if I knew there would be nothing there that I would be able to eat. I would pack food when I traveled. While I was studying for the Bar, my time was limited but I still would meal prep and prepare my supplements for the week. I would time my studying appropriately so I could eat and train on my breaks.