Leangains Workout Plan Overview

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The Leangains workout that I do is modified to my goals but this is very close to the recommendation. I workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday and rest all other days. I almost exclusively use barbells.

My goal is to put my body under maximum amounts of stress in short bursts then get the hell out of the gym. No burnouts, no screwing around. Some days I do 5 minutes of abs and/or more accessory work but I do it knowing that I am just having fun.

*Tip: I have noticed that I get most of my shoulder/back pulls and injuries during this “fun” time and rarely do it anymore.

I do 2 working sets:

I do a few warmup sets on each exercise before I move to the working sets. The goal of the warmup sets is to get my body ready to be put under a lot of stress. Below is an example, obviously you would adjust for your own warmups.

Example: Bench Press Warmup Sets

  • Warmup Set 1: Just the bar for 10 reps
    • This gets your joints moving and prepares your body to handle weight. This also helps me practice my form for the heavy sets
  • Warmup Set 2: 95lbs for 6 reps
    • Add a little weight and practice form – further preparing for heavier presses
  • Warmup Set 3: 135 for 3 reps
    • Here I have enough weight to feel it. To preserve my energy for the big presses I only do 2-3 reps.

After warming up I’ll take a 2-3 minute rest and then do 2 working sets.

Set 1: The maximum weight I can do for the desired rep range.

Set 2: Drop weight by approximately 10% – take 2-5 minutes rest. The goal of the second working set is to do (1) one more rep than I did in Set 1. So if I did 7 reps in Set 1 – I will do 8 reps in Set 2 and then stop.

Even if I can do more reps I stop. I never go to failure.

I was told this helps you progress and although I don’t know the science behind it I can tell you that I have almost always progressed in weight/reps – even during when I’m cutting and in a caloric deficit (which is not common).

My Exact Leangains Workout

Monday:

  • Deadlift 3-5x
  • Overhead Press 6-8x
  • Weighted Chin Ups 4-6x (I got this weighted dip belt on Amazon)
  • Barbell Rows 6-8x
  • 1 set of Weighted Close Grip Chin Ups 6-10x

Wednesday:

  • Bench Press 6-8x
  • Incline Dumbbell Press 6-8x
  • Barbell Curls 6-8x
  • Tricep Extensions 6-8x

Friday:

  • Squat 6-8x (I use these Rehband knee sleeves for knee protection)
  • Leg Curls 6-8x
  • Leg Extension 6-8x
  • Weighted Wide Dips 6-8x
  • Calves 12-16x
  • 1 set of Ab Rope Pulldowns 25x

Get Used to Working Out Less

At first it may be hard to convince yourself to workout less. (3) Three days a week and (2) two sets per exercise are much less than I was doing before. I struggled with it at first because it didn’t “feel” like I was doing enough.

The key is to get it done, do it right and then force yourself to get out of the gym. For me the results don’t lie.

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Case Study: Malan Darras

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My workout split dropped from 6 days per week to 3. I stopped doing cardio and went on 30 minutes walks while listening to podcasts on the weekend instead.

Instead of screwing around in the gym fine-tuning a physique that didn’t exist yet.

  • I focused only on the major compound lifts. (Squats, deadlifts, bench press, barbell rows, overhead press)
  • I was in and out of the gym in 45 mins to 1 hour
  • I made a spreadsheet and added weight each week and got stronger and stronger.

I stopped food prepping and begin Intermittent Fasting. Meaning I ate all my food during an 8 hour window of time (12pm-8pm) and fasted for the rest of the day.

Intermittent Fasting opened my eyes to eating more types of foods  .

  • Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Chipotle burritos
  • Waffles
  • Cheese
  • Whole Eggs

There were all foods I hadn’t eaten for years. I counted it all made it fit my macros and fit in my eating window. I did find keeping it to at least 80% whole foods and 20% fun foods was best for me. Most of the time more like 90/10.

After another 2 weeks of Intermittent Fasting and working out:

My stomach – (which is the hardest place for guys to lose fat) went concave. And for the first time ever I had popped out my chest and shoulders a little without a personal trainer.

My biceps got bigger and a huge vein popped out on each – which was odd because I stopped doing “arm days” completely, focusing instead on weighted chinups and two sets of heavy barbell curls for 5-6 reps, once per week.

My shoulders striated, my abs started carving out out and veins popped up everywhere. Each day I got tighter. No cheat days – none needed. Intermittent fasting seemed to solve that problem because I was eating fun foods regularly.

Example Workout Day Window:

  • 6:00am: Wake up, drink a lot of water and coffee
  • 8:30am: 10g BCAAs (branch chain amino acids)
  • 9:00am: Preworkout
  • 9:30am: Go to gym
  • 11:00am: 5g BCAAs
  • 12:00pm: Meal 1 (largest meal)
  • 4:00pm: Meal 2
  • 7:00pm: Meal 3

Example Rest Day Window:

  • 6:00am: Wake up, drink a lot of water and coffee
  • 9:30am: Drink Monster Zero Ultra
  • 10:00: 20-60 minute walk/hike with music or a podcast
  • 12:00pm: Meal 1 (largest meal)
  • 4:00pm: Meal 2
  • 7:00pm: Meal 3

Diet:

I eat a lot of protein every day. Most days I eat more than 1g of protein per pound of body weight, some days as much as 2g per lb.

I think the general recommendation is at least .08g of protein per pound. You might do some research on your own to see what the right amount is for your goal. I tend to error on the side of more.

These days I rarely use protein powders and instead get my protein from eating real, whole foods. I probably use 1 scoop of powder per day – normally in a protein pancake.

My Main Protein Sources:

  • Chicken breast
  • Egg Whites
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Kashi Golean Original Cereal
  • Cottage Cheese

My Main Carb Sources:

  • Kashi Golean Original Cereal
  • Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Whole Grain Waffles
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Low-Cal Ice Cream
  • Brown Rice

My Main Fat Sources:

  • Almonds
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Cheese
  • Whole eggs (with yolks)

Macronutrients (Macros) and Calorie Cycling

I eat differently depending on whether I workout or not. All days are high protein. Workout days are high carb/low fat. Rest days are high fat/low carb. I also cycle calories – even if I’m not cutting or bulking.

For example: If my goal is to stay my current weight, here’s what I’d do:

Workout days I’d eat approximately 300 calories over maintenance. Rest days I’d eat 300 calories under maintenance. At the end of the week my +/- net calories are still 0. I’m just eating more when I need it. Less when I don’t.

I have seen drastic physical changes doing this unlike anything I tried previously. It works amazingly well for me.

Workout Day Macros:

  • High protein
  • High Carbs
  • Low Fats

Rest Day Macros:

  • High protein
  • Low Carbs
  • High Fats

Example Intermittent Fasting Meal Plan (Workout Day)

Sample Workout Day of Eating (from MyFitnessPal.com)

Example Intermittent Fasting Meal Plan (Rest Day)

Sample Rest Day of Eating (from MyFitnessPal.com)

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