For my final post of 2012, I thought I’d provide a few workout programs and diet plans that I would recommend for the New Year. As with anything, the program you choose will depend on your ultimate training goals. I’ve tried to include something for everyone here. If you’re looking for some simple free tips, then check out my Best Fitness Tips section where I’ve gathered what I consider to be my most useful articles.
Men’s Workout Programs
Visual Impact Muscle Building: a long time favorite of mine, I keep coming back to this program over and over again. This is one to do if you’re focused on building a better looking body, not necessarily the strongest or most functional body. For example, leg training is almost exclusively focused on HIIT in all but phase 1. Read about my results here.
Muscle Gaining Secrets: I picked up this program earlier this year when I wanted to focus on gaining mass and getting stronger. Definitely a program designed for skinny people but tons of really good strategies that can be applied to anyone’s workout routine.
Women’s Workout Programs
Visual Impact for Women: the counterpart to the men’s program, this routine also focuses on maximizing appearance by targeting the areas that matter most. Paired with Visual Impact Cardio, this should be an ideal workout for the look that most women would like to achieve.
New Rules of Lifting for Women: my friend Toni swears by this program and has gotten in much better shape thanks to it. Strength training is pushed aside by too many women but it can not only help you look better, but be empowering as well.
Anything Goes Diet: very simple approach to losing weight that focuses on calories, not necessarily what you eat. For those who aren’t ready to give up all their favorite foods, this is one to consider.
Eat Stop Eat: a great intermittent fasting program for anyone and one that I’ve successfully used over the years to shed fat. This lays out why a 24 hour fast can help you effectively lose weight without sacrificing any of your favorite foods.
Leangains: no book to download, but you can read my article on why I think this is the best approach for those looking to get down to elite body fat levels while gaining muscle. Daily fasting combined with carb cycling and meal timing makes for a powerful combination.
Renegade Diet: a culmination of several different intermittent fasting approaches combined with dozens of other tweaks that can help you create a diet program that focuses on fat loss. Overall, this program is probably best for people who are skinny fat or nearing lower levels of body fat.
The Best Plan
Overall, you can use any combination of these programs to get in great shape. Ultimately, it’s going to come down to hard work and dedication. As long as you’re willing to perform intense exercise and focus on what you’re eating, you can be successful. The New Year is the perfect time to put a plan into action!